• Jan 12th 2008 at 10:34AM
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Click image for 5 more shots of the LoneStar

Big rigs are awesome. We freely admit that this isn't our area of expertise, but when something particularly cool and truck-related comes along, we're more than happy to share. Thanks to an Autoblog reader named Johnny, who sent in the photos you see here, something cool indeed came along.

We don't know if the pair of rigs you see are concepts or a new production model that's set to debut sometime soon. The Mid-America Trucking Show -- the biggest show in the industry -- is coming up in March, so these might be headed there. Our submitter at first thought that they might just be show vehicles, but some details lead him to believe that this could be a new production model sporting a nifty new hood design. The thing that has our tipster thinking "production" is that different sleeper configs are shown. The silver rig's is taller and incorporates a large fairing, while the black one's is less pronounced. Aside from the swoopy front end, the layout seems conventional, with exposed fuel tanks and the like. The final clue that these may be upcoming production trucks is on the rear mud flap of the black rig, which has something like "LongStar" or "LoadStar" emblazoned on it. (It's LoneStar -- see update below.) Most of International's trucks have "Star" nomenclature, and the "Star" moniker on the pictured vehicle is not one currently in use. We'll have to wait and see what plays out in the coming weeks, but one thing's certain: these things are bitchin'.

Thanks for the photos, Johnny!

UPDATE: According to commenter FC, the trucks are examples of International's new Class 8 flagship tractor, the LoneStar, will will be officially premiered at the Chicago Auto Show next month. Sadly, we don't think one of these will fit in the Autoblog Garage. Thanks, FC!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Definitely retro styling.
      Depends on ones taste I suppose...
      • 7 Years Ago
      PT Trucker?
        • 7 Years Ago
        that was my thought as well. someone trying to rip on the PT
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's clearly derived from the Lincoln Edge test mule.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are a couple strings on Hank's Truck Pictures that have more photos of the LoneStar. Someone caught a red one parked with a cattle trailer.



      • 7 Years Ago
      Considering the lifespan of a big rig is just a little this side of forever, don't expect to see too many of these for about 20 years. This is also the same reason why, even though much tougher truck exhaust regs have been in place for some time, most trucks don't even meet early 90's standards because they were built prior to that. Still, awesome looking for a big rig. Now if only they would build that helicopter/big rig that was feature on that one show...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The novalty look will be good at the beginning but we wear out fast. This is a bad looking rig.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fleet owners could care less about looks but owner operators (guys that own and drive thier own trucks) usually love chrome! This truck has a retro look which could be a hit. Most designs in class 8 trucks are traditional (boxy) designs or swoopy aerodynamics. This combines elements of both.

      There are many bad truckers out there who think that they are king of the road due to thier size. But many are just doing thier best to feed thier family. Perhaps you should cut them some slack and show some courtesy. Big rigs are way different than your Civic. Something you cannot grasp unless you've actually driven one. Gargantuan blindspots, inability to see the road 50 feet in front of you, sluggish accelleration, delayed braking response due to air brakes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Craig and Diane,

      In case you have not heard already, Navistar unveiled the LoneStar at the Chicago Auto Show this morning! It's a new category truck that, through ground-breaking design and performance, advances the comfort and productivity of all truckers.

      Visit international Truck's website to learn more, see images and post your comments. Hope to see you there!

      The Team at International Truck
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have to say this is one of the UGLYIST things I have ever seen. I have built trucks and this is beyond Fugly. why base the new truck on a 1930's pick up truck. Do we really need to resort to the past, does anyone not have their own ideas anymore. Or are we stuck to copying the past .

      Dont get me started on the grill.......
      • 7 Years Ago
      Based on some info I've come across (and I'm not saying "where" I got it, but it's reliable) - these trucks will average about 6.7 mpg.

      I've also seen some interior shots of the cab (two versions - titanium and rosewood), and it's really amazing - will definitely appeal to owner/operators.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is awesome! Can't you just picture Shredder chasing down the Turtle Van in this thing? I dig the missile launchers/turn signals on the side, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      New Class 8 Flagship Set for World Debut at Chicago Auto Show

      That’s right, Navistar will unveil its new International® LoneStar® class 8 flagship tractor under the bright lights of the Chicago International Auto Show on February 7. Journalists from around the globe will report the story from Navistar’s news conference and LoneStar is our headliner. LoneStar will help further define the International brand and enhance Navistar’s corporate reputation.
      LoneStar is a break-through new product, a “segment buster” with a beautiful exterior design and an equally stunning and innovative interior. LoneStar was developed in record time without the use of confirmation prototypes. Our product development team went directly from clay and math models to production – a feat that most automotive companies have aspirations to someday achieve in their own product development processes. This new thinking and creativity embodies exactly what we want the world to see in Navistar – a winning company capable of great things.
      Establishing this positive momentum for Navistar’s reputation and the International truck brand is crucial to our future success and growth plans. Simply put, being recognized as a winner makes all our goals achievable. People want to do business with winning companies, buy products from winning companies, invest in winning companies and work for winning companies.
      The LoneStar tractor is designed to be fuel efficient, ergonomic and quiet, with bold looks and customization features. Most of the attendees and media at the Chicago Auto Show will have never spent any time in a class 8 truck. We aim to amaze them with our innovative design that enables drivers to save at the pump without having to sacrifice comfort, creating an entirely new category of truck. To further enhance attendee experience, they will be able to configure their very own LoneStar, right from the Navistar booth. And in the process, we hope to make our industry customers proud to be a part of the transportation business.
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