International Truck and Engine Corp. has confirmed its plans to introduce a new family of Class 3-5 low-cab-forward commercial trucks in conjunction with Ford Motor Co.

Part of the Blue Diamond joint venture, the line of medium-duty LCF trucks will begin with a Class 4-5 product in early 2005 called the CF Series.

This LCF vehicle will be built with several shared components, including an International diesel engine and a Ford automatic transmission. Blue Diamond will produce the CF Series at its assembly plant in Escobedo, Mexico.