MONTREAL — Navistar Inc. launched its new RH (regional haul) tractor April 20, less than 24 hours after Volvo Trucks North America showed off its three new VNR models at ExpoCam, a major Canadian truck show.
Navistar unveiled two variations on the theme of its International RH Class 8s. “You can order it now; we’ll be building them in May and June with market availability in July,” said Jeff Sass, Navistar’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. He said a leasing company already has ordered 300 of them.
Navistar had introduced its International LT model for linehaul transportation in October. While the LT often features a Cummins Inc. X15 engine, the RH will be all A26, Navistar’s new 12.4-liter model.
Executives with Volvo and Navistar said their new vehicles have lengths of 113 inches from bumper to back of cab. Many sleepers are 125 inches BBC, allowing for extra comfort, but a shorter length improves visibility and maneuverability.
Sass said RH replaces Navistar’s TranStar model. The company’s next rollout will be its HV series late this year or early 2018 to replace the WorkStar trucks.
RH will be made at Navistar’s Escobedo, Mexico, plant as either a day cab or a 56-inch sleeper.