EXTENSIVE engineering appraisal, detailed testing and the forging of critical sales and service structures remain the top priorities for Navistar Auspac as it prepares for the return of the legendary International brand to the Australian market in 2016.
Spearheading the return of the iconic nameplate is the sleek ProStar model.
Shown for the first time on Australian soil at the 2015 Brisbane Truck Show, ProStar met with a huge response from visitors and commentators, culminating in the prestigious Truck of the Show award.
However Navistar Auspac director of sales, marketing and business development Glen Sharman said their main focus was priming the truck for local roads.
"While the response to ProStar in Brisbane was phenomenal and certainly highlighted the extent of International's connection to this market, our major focus from the outset has been to ensure ProStar's engineering credentials for our conditions," he said.
"We're leaving nothing to chance when it comes to bringing International back to Australia."
A hugely successful line haul model in the US, where its streamlined aerodynamic design provides the foundation for market-leading standards of fuel efficiency, Navistar Auspac insiders say almost every nut and bolt of ProStar has been analysed and assessed for reliability since its appearance in Brisbane.
For its initial lunge on the Australian market, ProStar will be powered by the popular Cummins ISXe5 15-litre engine.
Meanwhile several sources have confirmed that Cummins South Pacific continues to play a vital role in ensuring ProStar's performance and cooling standards for Australia's demanding conditions.
ProStar's first assault on the market is certain to cover a broad range of high-volume applications, including B-doubles, semi-trailer and truck and dog trailer combinations.
Heading the engineering effort on ProStar is Navistar Auspac chief engineer Adrian Wright, who insists the entire program is a team effort, with Navistar engineers in the US committed to ensuring the model's suitability for Australian conditions.
During recent highway testing of ProStar north of Melbourne, Mr Wright said: "Our engineering assessment of ProStar is certainly no quick 'tick the box' exercise.
"Every component and assembly is being assessed, evaluated and ultimately validated for Australian conditions. At the same time we've been able to verify the aerodynamics and fuel efficiency which are such big assets for ProStar in the US."
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