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International Enters Low Cab Forward Market with New CF Series

February 2005, by Staff

International Truck and Engine Corporation launched the International CF Series as its new entry in the low cab forward market. The CF series begins production early this year. The vehicle is available in two models: the International CF 500, which targets the Class 4 market with a 16,000-lb. GVW rating, and the International CF 600 for the Class 5 market with a 19,500-lb. GVW rating. International will also soon announce an integrated truck body program, which enables fast delivery of a turn-key truck body solution.

Providing maneuverability in an economical package, the International CF Series features the new International VT 275 V-6 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. The International CF Series chassis complements a wide range of body types and equipment for use in pickup and delivery, utility, recovery, landscaping, and construction. International CF Series models also offer an optional transmission with power take-off (PTO) capability to operate specialized body equipment.

“This is a responsive truck with great visibility and outstanding maneuverability,” said Jeff Moore, fleet supervisor, Pepsi Cola, after test-driving the truck at a Dallas, ride-and-drive event.

From a support standpoint, customers have access to a large dealer network. International has nearly 900 service locations in the U.S. and Canada with a domestic parts network offering replacement parts.

Maneuverability and Engine Performance

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

In terms of engine performance, the International VT 275 diesel features a regulated two-stage turbocharger for fast acceleration and delivers 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. A standard, five-speed overdrive automatic transmission delivers responsiveness, and the International electro-hydraulic Generation Two (G2) fuel injection system delivers higher injection pressures with precise control, optimizing performance, fuel economy, and emissions control.

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