International unveils 4100, 4200 44

INTERNATIONAL TRUCK AND ENGINE CORP announced the launch of the International 4100, a new Class 5 conventional truck that is being targeted for construction, landscaping, flatbed operations, service body, dry van, and utility service needs, and the 4200 4×4, a fully integrated and factory-built vehicle that extends the company's 4×4 offering into a lighter GVW rating.

The 4100 maintains all of the key features and benefits of the 4000 series and is built with the rugged medium commercial truck components used in International's line of Class 6 and 7 trucks.

“The new products come directly from customers asking International to get in the game in these GVW classes for these particular applications,” said John Randall, product manager for medium duty. “What we were hearing from customers was, ‘We'd really like that International chassis — that robust truck chassis — to work in a Class 5 product. So you get a similar frame as the 4200. It's still the strongest frame out there. It's standard width with heavier components. It's a product that's going to last. It's not something you'd put a body on, and in five to seven years take the body off and put on a new chassis. This chassis will last the life of most bodies out there.”

Some of the features that distinguish the 4100, available in 17,800 GVW and 19,500 GVW:

  • A spacious cab with available air-ride suspension and optional crew cab or extended cab. Recognized as the industry standard, the cab is built to automotive tolerances for a comfortable and quiet environment.

  • Durable frame ladder system supported by a seven-year limited frame warranty for more demanding jobs.

  • Commercial grade, 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes equipped with 15" rotors.

  • The exclusive International Diamond Logic Electric system, a self-diagnosing system that brings integrated intelligence to truck operations. It provides a range of body integration benefits, including increased reliability, and maximized uptime.

  • Available Aware Vehicle Intelligence, a comprehensive telematics offering for improved fleet productivity.

Engine and transmission

Built with an International VT-365 engine with a 230-hp/540 lb-ft torque rating and an Allison 1000 Series transmission, the 4100 offers superior maneuverability and visibility, as well as extended and synchronized service intervals for reduced maintenance and operating costs. The International 4100 is also built on a low-profile frame for easy loading and unloading.

The 4100 is now available through the International dealer network, the largest in the truck industry.

The new 4200 4×4, available in the spring of 2006, provides outstanding maneuverability and visibility, as well as extended and synchronized service intervals for reduced maintenance and operating costs. However, with a rugged frame and 4-wheel drive, the 4200 can handle the off-road applications that the utility industry often faces.

The 4200 4×4 also includes these features:

  • Available in 21,500 and 25,999 GVW.

  • Air brakes and controls.

  • Capable of achieving low 105" (267 cm) overall height, with 19.5 tires.

  • Factory-designed 4×4 system.

“Both the 4100 and the 4200 4×4 will have a lot of the same features and same interior we built on when we launched the 4200,” Randall said. “Driver controls are ergonomic and easy to reach. Everything about the product makes it easy to operate and easy for the driver to control.”

Both the 4100 and 4200 4×4 come equipped with the Diamond Logic Electric system, a self-diagnosing system that brings integrated intelligence to truck operations. It provides a range of body-integration benefits, including increased reliability and maximized uptime. Also available is the Aware Vehicle Intelligence, a comprehensive telematics offering for improved fleet productivity.

Josh LePage, International's vocational marketing manager, also discussed the 7700, designed for the concrete mixer or heavy hauler.

He said the set-back axle position of 39" (optional) is what sets it apart from the 7600. It also has: set forward axle position of 29.1"; single 12.25" frame system (optional to 10.88"); clean CA chassis packaging options; and parabolic taper leaf front suspension standard on all models.

“As the springs stack up, it's 16,000 lb when it's unloaded and then 20,000 lb when all three stack up,” he said. “That's how we got variable ride. So if you have diminishing loads — the guy's going in and dumping the load — he has the same smooth ride as he had when he went in.”

CF Series

Randall reviewed the CF Series products that were released last year.

Providing maneuverability in an economical package, the CF Series features the VT 275 V6 diesel engine and a high-strength, low-alloy steel frame with 34-inch-wide frame rails, taper-leaf suspension, and standard front-and-rear shock absorbers. It is available in two models: the CF 500 model that targets the Class 4 market with a 16,000-lb GVW rating, and the CF 600 model for the Class 5 market with a 19,500-lb GVW rating.

The International CF Series chassis complements a wide range of body types and equipment for use in such vocations as pick-up and delivery, utility, recovery, landscaping, and construction. CF Series models also offer an optional transmission with PTO capability to operate specialized body equipment.

The CF Series offers exceptional chassis and frame strength, including a 48-month unlimited mileage frame warranty, a three-coat paint process to ensure superior cab finish, and high payload capacity for heavier, tougher hauling needs. The CF Series is also unique among cab-forward products in that it is available in hundreds of color choices.

The CF Series is designed for maneuverability, providing a 53-degree wheel cut to easily handle sharp turns and tight city streets. It also offers one of the few front and rear-wheel hydraulic disc-brake systems for greater stopping power and performance throughout braking operation.

The International VT 275 diesel features a regulated two-stage turbocharger for fast acceleration that will get the load moving in city traffic and delivers 200hp at 3,000 rpm and 440 lb-ft of torque. A standard, five-speed overdrive automatic transmission delivers responsiveness, and the proven International electro-hydraulic Generation Two (G2) fuel injection system delivers higher injection pressures with precise control — optimizing performance, fuel economy, and emissions control.

Serviceability was a key design consideration with the CF Series. By extending and synchronizing service intervals, it generates more than $1,000 in preventive cost savings (based on 100,000 miles of service versus leading competitors). All fluid checks are easily reached without tilting the cab, ensuring daily pre-trip inspections that maximize uptime.

Other value-added features include best-in-class fuel tank capacity through its optional 70-gallon dual tank configuration and breakaway cab-mounted, powder-coated mirrors that reduce door and mirror repair costs. The CF Series is backed by a 24-month/unlimited mileage warranty, towing reimbursement for 36 months/150,000 miles, and a 36-month/150,000-mile engine warranty. The International Finance Group (IFG) also provides a range of customized purchase and lease programs and payment plans.

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