Alternative engine available to transport contractor

24th August 2007

Fleet managers and owner operators can order their International 7600 series with a Caterpillar-powered engine, following a decision by International Trucks South Africa to round out its engine offering.

Until now, the International 7600 series 6 10005 4 truck tractor was available in the local market with a Cummins power source only.

“Making the 7600 series available with Caterpillar’s C12 engine gives us a great option with CAT plant operators and pro- vides fleet managers and owner operators with a choice when they specify their trucks. “Most importantly, we can now offer customers the option of a gross combination mass of 55 t with a triaxle semitrailer compared to only 50 t previously. “We know what an asset we’ll be selling,” International Trucks South Africa MD Bob Jones says.

In this application, the turbocharged and aftercooled 12-8467 CAT engine is offered at 380 hp to 430 hp, delivering 1 450 to 1650 lb/ft torque.

“The first Caterpillar-powered 7600 series trucks are rolling off International Truck South Africa’s final assembly line in Wadeville, Gauteng, and should soon be on the highway,” Jones says.

The alliance between Caterpillar and International Trucks South Africa was formalised with the signing of a truck engine product support (TEPS) dealer agreement in March 2007, formally appointing Tyco Trucks South Africa as Caterpillar TEPS dealer for Barloworld Equipment Energy Power Systems, which is the official agent for Caterpillar in Southern Africa.

As an accredited TEPS dealer, Tyco Trucks is committed to ensuring the highest levels of backup support on Caterpillar engines in partnership with their principals. International Truck & Engine as well as Tyco Truck branches and dealers throughout South Africa and neighbouring states will be providing service and parts support on Caterpillar truck engines.

“International is a premium quality truck that is well accepted in Southern Africa and we’re proud to be associated with another American truck brand. “We are also pleased to have added Tyco Trucks to our TEPS dealer family. Local demand for CAT-powered trucks is increasing exponentially, and we need to have a support infrastructure that enables operators to really go in for the long haul. “With the addition of Tyco Trucks, we now have 38 TEPS dealers, including one in Namibia and two in Botswana,” Barlo- world Equipment Energy Power Systems truck engine sales manager Theo Jooste says.

“Caterpillar is the worldwide leader in on-highway trucking, with a market share of some 30%, and we are focused on having Southern Africa follow suit,” says Jooste.

The heavy-duty International 7600 series with a triaxle semitrailer is popular in construction, brick hauling and other utility services. It has a low tare weight, providing the operator with payload benefits and fuel savings. In the CAT-powered version, the driveline has seen the C12 engine mate with the well-proven Eaton-Fuller 10-speed manual or the autoshift transmission and Meritor RT 40-145 and RT 46-160 drive axles for maximum dura-bility, economy and productivity in arduous applications.