International aims to regain severe service market ground

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Navistar unveiled the HX Series the day leading into World of Concrete 2016, demonstrating a 9-yd. McNeilus mixer-bearing HX615 and Ox Bodies dump-bearing HX620. The new series’ order book is open with initial deliveries this spring.
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Leading major World of Concrete 2016 rollouts was the International HX Series, available in 115- and 120-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (bbc), set-forward or set-back axle versions. Navistar Inc. CEO Troy Clarke characterized the HX as “an opportunity to recapture a leading position in the vocational market—a segment we previously led. The launch underscores our commitment to innovation, dedication to uptime and position as a leader.”

The HX is equipped with an aluminum cab, billed as the only one on the market dedicated to vocational trucking conditions, and a three-piece Metton hood with weight and strength characteristics besting fiberglass alternatives. It succeeds the aluminum cab PayStar Series, launched in 1999 and based on a legacy model from the early 1970s, and becomes International’s primary truck offering for construction users, joining the steel cab WorkStar line.

Navistar showed three models in Las Vegas: the Navistar N13-powered, 115-in. bbc HX515 and HX615, with set-forward and set-back axle design, respectively; and, the Cummins ISX15-powered, 120-in. bbc HX620, a set-back design. The set-forward axle HX520 will debut next month at Truck World in Toronto. —