Navistar Launches Redesigned International MV Series
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Navistar Inc. announced the launch of the redesigned International MV Series, calling it a reimagining of its Classes 6-7 vocational vehicle that focuses on increased maneuverability, visibility and safety.
“This is a major redesign of the MV series (introduced in 2018) that takes into account a number of improvements throughout the cab and chassis that are based on customer and truck equipment manufacturer input. We are continuously committed to improve our products to meet customer needs. This was just our latest delivery on that commitment,” Diane Hames, vice president of marketing for Navistar, told Transport Topics.
“While this vehicle is designed primarily to serve the Class 6 and 7 market segments, the new MV Series can be spec’d as a Class 8 in certain applications,” she added.
Online, the company highlighted the new MV for utility, dry van and snow plow applications.
The MV Series has two engine options, the Cummins Inc. B6.7 and L9, offering improved fuel efficiency as well as extended and aligned maintenance intervals, according to the Lisle, Ill.-based company, a unit of Germany-based Traton SE.
Among other enhancements:
- The high-efficiency cooling module eliminates mega-brackets enabling integrated front frame extensions and an improved snowplow upfit offering.
- Hood-mounted splash panels and on-engine air cleaner provide improved under-hood access while an optional under-hood work light is available for improved visibility during daily maintenance checks.
- Changes in smart chassis packaging allow for improved body integration and improved operating costs for a wide variety of applications.
- Corrosion protection is improved with InterCoat ChemGuard standard on the cab floor as well as optional LINE-X offering for particularly tough environments.
- An aerodynamic hood and breakaway mirrors provide superior visibility for drivers. The restyled bumper and black molded-in-color grille, with optional chrome surround, are intended “to deliver attention-grabbing looks,” the company noted.
The MV Series includes standard halogen headlights. Newly optional LED headlights are available to provide longer life and improved visibility.
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Several optional collision mitigation enhancements are also available. The Bendix Wingman Fusion system technology includes adaptive cruise, enhanced collision mitigation, multilane vehicle braking, stationary object alert, lane departure warning, and front radar and cameras. The Bendix BlindSpotter Collision Warning System is equipped with side object detection alert.
The Diamond Logic electrical system comes standard, allowing for customized programming for driver and equipment protection, ease of body integration and greater uptime.
The new MV Series is supported through OnCommand Connection, Navistar’s remote diagnostics system, offering a portfolio of connected vehicle services. Customers have the option to receive real time information to protect their assets through GPS and geofencing capabilities as well as easy-to-understand and actionable vehicle health reports.
The new MV Series includes the option for customers to add International 360, a service platform that communicates with the International service network and enables a streamlined repair process.
The new International MV Series made its first public appearance at the Utility Expo, being held Sept. 28-30 in Louisville, Ky.
Production on the new diesel MV is scheduled to begin in early December.
An LT Series Truck. (Navistar International Corp.)
In related news, the company announced in late August the availability of its eMV electric version during the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, Calif.
The eMV has a 210kW capacity high-voltage battery that provides a 135-mile range when fully charged.
Navistar or its subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial trucks and engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, all-makes OnCommand Connection advanced connectivity services, and Fleetrite, ReNEWeD and Diamond Advantage brand aftermarket parts. The company, with 12,000 employees worldwide, includes a Brazilian manufacturer of engines and gensets, MWM Motores Diesel e Geradores.
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