Stepping Up | UTE REVIEW – International CV

International launches its CV Series as a competitor to the latest US Pick-Ups.

It’s being marketed as the small truck made by big truck people and that’s certainly not a description that can be used by International’s competitors to describe their own products. How you perceive the CV Series depends on your own perspective, but coming from a company that has one of the broadest product line-ups in the US market, it makes sense to presume it could be aimed straight at the RV market, doubling up as the ideal dual purpose vehicle for those that tow and work on weekdays and then tow and play on weekends.

The CV Series pedigree certainly stands up well to scrutiny, with Huck bolted chassis rails of high strength low alloy steel featuring a yield strength of 50,000 psi to produce a GVW rating of 10,390 kg. Its manoeuvrability is claimed to be a virtual class leader, thanks to a 50-degree wheel cut and its Hydromax hydraulic braking system comes with four channel ABS through a Bosch split system with traction control.

Power comes from an International 6.6 litre diesel engine with 261kW (350hp) produced at 2700 rpm, and with 950 Nm of torque rated at 1600 rpm. The driveline is a one-size fits all gearbox using the six-speed Allison automatic transmission.

The engine uses Selective Catalytic Reduction to meet Euro 6 equivalent exhaust emissions controls with AdBlue use and it’s the only medium sized RV that offers a full front hinged, forward tilting bonnet to ease access for maintenance. The Allison automatic features various shift protocols to suit Highway Series, Rugged Duty Series, Emergency Vehicle Services and Motorhome Series applications.

Available in 2WD as well as 4WD, it comes with the usual cold weather US inclusions of remote key start, an optional 120V/800W cylinder block water heater, an optional engine mounted air compressor and a diesel exhaust brake. Air suspension is also optional, providing varying ride height and additional comfort when utilised for high load operations.

The days of CD players for the infotainment centre are just about gone, and International is no exception. You’ll be listening to you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for your entertainment and programming the system via an eight-inch colour touch screen.

Seating alternatives include bench or individual bucket front seats, a rear bench seat in the crew cab version plus the option of two trim levels, Classic or Diamond, denoting soft touch vinyl or cloth for the Classic, reducing to simply cloth but with 10-way power adjustment for the front seat dwellers in the Diamond version.

For the front suspension it runs with a taper leaf set-up for 2700kg or 3175kg, leading to a parabolic spring providing a weight increase to 3400kg. At the rear is a standard leaf sprung installation, with a rating of 4990kg – 7030kg or, for the 4×2 version only, an International ride optimised air suspension rated for 5445kg to 6800kg. Fuel tank capacity is available to choice, starting out with 95 litres mounted between the chassis rails forward of the drive axle, adding an option further 150 litres mounted between the chassis rails after the drive axle, or dual rectangular 95 and 150 litre alternatives. Ad/Blue or DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) requirements are handled by a 25.5 litre tank mounted under the cab outside of the frame rails.

International Truck celebrated the first customer delivery of the International CV Series to Team Fishel, a provider of utility engineering, construction and network installation services.

Hosted at a brand-new Rush Enterprises-owned Custom Vehicle Solutions facility in Denton, Texas, the event brought together executives to celebrate the occasion.

from Navistar Inc., Rush Truck Centres, Team Fishel and Godwin Manufacturing that supplied the bodywork.

The event was highlighted by Dennis Huffmon, senior vice president of U.S. Sales at Navistar, handing over the keys to John Phillips, president and CEO of Team Fishel.

“Customers have told us in no uncertain terms this market is ready for a different choice,” Huffmon said.

The delivery is the first of a number of vehicles that Team Fishel will receive after making the largest single retail purchase to date for the CV Series. As a company with over 30 offices in 13 states, more than 2,300 employees and over 1,600 trucks ranging from class 4 to 8, Team Fishel saw the CV Series as the perfect fit for their needs.

“We have customers across the United States who count on us to get the job done every single day, and it’s extremely important that our vehicles are up to that challenge,” said Phillips. “I have no doubt that the CV Series will rise to the occasion; bringing with it the power, safety and drivability that gives us the very best tool to provide for our customers.”

Since its launch in November, the CV Series has disrupted the Class 4/5 markets. As the only truck within the class designed, distributed and supported by a manufacturer specializing in commercial vehicles, the CV Series brings with it the same toughness built into International’s larger trucks. Consistent with this commercial grade toughness, the CV Series is able to accommodate a wide range of specialized body types with an emphasis on ease of upfit.

The International Navistar medium and heavy truck operation based at IVECO headquarters in Dandenong is currently involved in expanding its current range of models and as yet, the company has not announced whether the CV Series will be joining its Australian line-up.

Photo Caption

Dennis Huffmon, senior vice president of U.S. Sales at Navistar, handing over the keys to John Phillips, president and CEO of Team Fishel.


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