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Navistar Donates Vehicle To Assist In Alabama Rebuilding Efforts

Vehicle to Aid Local Organization in Rebuilding Efforts; Donation is in Addition to $50,000 Contribution to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund

Navistar continues to show its commitment to the communities it serves by donating a used step van valued at $20,000 to HERO (Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc.) in Hale County, Alabama, to assist the organization in its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that swept through the state of Alabama, where Navistar has significant operations.

Alan Stegich, national service director for Navistar’s Workhorse custom products business unit, and Andrea Clay, Workhorse legal and consumer affairs manager, recently presented the keys to HERO Executive Director Pam Dorr.

“This donation is a small token of how Navistar and Workhorse are giving back to the areas where employees live and work,” said William Osborne, vice president, Custom Products, Navistar.  “We are committed to ensuring the community succeeds in its rebuilding efforts.”

“The tornadoes here were quite damaging for our small area,” said Dorr. “We were not sure how to rebuild with this kind of devastation, but it is clear with this donation that we can begin getting the process moving along.”

“When I shared with Pam what our intentions were, she was almost crying on the phone,” said Clay. “Pam said they have never had such a generous donation— they always just had to piece trucks together. This will make a huge difference in hauling supplies back and forth for rebuilding homes.”

The donation of the vehicle is in addition to the $50,000 Navistar provided to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund (GERF), established by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to help Alabama residents with unmet recovery needs. Donations to this fund will be used to relieve suffering caused by the spring storms. The fund, which is administered by the United Ways of Alabama, will operate on an ongoing basis to help Alabama residents who have exhausted all other avenues of disaster relief, such as FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and any other disaster relief programs.

In addition, employees at Navistar’s Melrose Park engine plant secured generators to assist employees at Navistar’s Huntsville engine plant when they were without power.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Alabama whose lives have been impacted by the worst domestic disaster since Hurricane Katrina,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group. “We believe in being a good neighbor wherever we do business and we are proud to step up and help the community in a great time of need.”

About Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO)

HERO works as a catalyst for community development in areas of the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty. As a non-profit housing resource center, HERO provides community resources and housing education. HERO was founded in 1994 by a group of committed citizens who wanted to create a strong community focused on family. HERO is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Navistar And Women In Trucking Award The Trucking Industry’s “2011 Influential Woman Of The Year”

Rochelle Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, CalArk International  Named Inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year”

Navistar, Inc. and the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) presented the inaugural “Influential Woman of the Year” award to Rochelle Gorman, chief executive officer, CalArk International, at a ceremony during this week’s Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) annual meeting.

“The ‘Influential Woman of the Year’ award is designed to shine a spotlight on the great leadership demonstrated by women in the trucking industry,” said Anne Belec, vice president and chief marketing officer, Navistar. “Rochelle’s dedication to trucking and her personal commitment to mentoring other women is exactly what we set out to celebrate.”

“We are excited to honor a woman who has been so influential in the trucking industry,” said Ellen Voie, president of Women In Trucking, “Rochelle is proof that women are achieving great things in all trucking professions, from drivers to accountants to CEOs. Rochelle’s story of tripling CalArk’s revenues while at the same time mentoring other women and raising a family is an inspiration as WIT furthers our mission to celebrate the success of women in what has traditionally been a very male-dominated industry.”

Gorman accepted her award immediately following a panel discussion about overcoming the challenges women often face in the trucking industry.

“Women today have the opportunity to lift each other up in ways that provide inspiration, leadership and encouragement that may not have existed when I entered the industry,” said Gorman. “We are now trusted to promote the good and positive of the trucking industry.”

Two runners-up for this year’s award were also recognized at the TCA event: Shelley Simpson, executive vice president, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. and Andreea Raaber, vice president, business development, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC.

“Navistar is proud to sponsor this award with the Women In Trucking Association to promote and recognize the leadership of influential women in our industry,” said Phyllis Cochran, president, Navistar Parts. “It is important to Navistar that the trucking industry attracts the best and brightest from a diverse pool of talent. With that goal in mind, Navistar will continue to sponsor the ‘Influential Woman’ award moving forward.”

The “Influential Woman of the Year” award seeks to recognize a woman in the trucking industry who makes or influences key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales or dealership setting. Other criteria for the award include demonstrating a record of responsibility and success in mentoring other women.

“We are very pleased with the response to the first year of this award and our judges had a difficult time selecting a winner from more than 30 well-qualified nominees” Voie added. “Our goal is to continue to build on the momentum with a call for 2012 nominations late this summer.”

Navistar Continues To Strengthen Dealer Network By Adding New Dealers In Key Markets

Navistar, Inc. announced today five changes in its dealer network that will significantly strengthen its already industry-leading distribution and service channel.

“As conditions in the truck market continue to put more pressure on our customers, we are committed to providing them with North America’s most complete and capable dealer network,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “Through the addition of these five new dealers, we are demonstrating our commitment to bring the best talent available into the International dealer channel. With a growth-oriented business plan, great products and the best after-sales support network, we’ve been able to attract and maintain the best dealers in the industry.”

Through the combination of several dealerships in southern Georgia and West Virginia, the pending ownership change in Utah/Idaho and the addition this week of new dealers in Arizona and Indiana, Navistar is changing the game in its level of distribution and customer support in these markets.

Dealerships in Southern Georgia

Following the purchase of two International Truck dealerships in southern Georgia by Yancey Bros. Co., Yancey Truck Centers was recently launched with four full-service sales, parts and service locations in Albany, Blackshear, Ga., Tifton, Ga., and Valdosta, Ga. Founded in 1914 and recognized as the nation’s oldest Caterpillar® dealer, Yancey Bros. Co. is one of the largest providers of equipment, machines, parts and service in the eastern United States, with more than 25 locations across Georgia.

Dealerships in West Virginia

Four International Truck dealership locations in West Virginia, today known as Heritage International, were purchased by Gary Kale, CEO of Heritage Equipment, Inc. Kale has years of experience serving the unique needs of the West Virginia market, especially customers in the coal industry.

Dealerships in Phoenix/Tucson, Indianapolis

During the past week, Navistar completed sales of two company-owned dealerships to private investors. The International® Truck dealerships—one located in the Phoenix/Tucson, Ariz. market and the other in the Indianapolis, Ind. market—have been successfully transitioned to industry veterans Robert Cunningham and Shelby Howard, respectively.

Howard has operated successful commercial truck dealerships in Indiana since 1992 and has a proven track record of award-winning dealership performance, having won multiple Dealer of the Year awards.

Cunningham has worked in the transportation industry since 1973 and has held executive leadership roles, including CEO, with one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers. In the late 1990s, Cunningham owned and operated one of the nation’s most successful commercial truck dealerships in the Phoenix area.

Dealerships in Utah, Idaho, Oregon

Rush Enterprises recently announced an agreement to purchase certain assets of Lake City International, which currently operates five locations in Utah, five locations in Idaho and one location in Oregon.

Founded in 1965, Rush Enterprises operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America with vehicle and equipment centers in 11 states throughout the Southern United States. The proposed acquisition will enable Rush to expand its geographic footprint further across the Western United States. The company also operates Rush International Truck Center in Charlotte, N.C.

“Solidifying our customer support capabilities in these important markets has been a priority for Navistar,” said John Whitnell, Navistar vice president, distribution. “Despite the challenges of the current business environment, Navistar has continued to look for opportunities to improve the structure and capability of the already strong International dealer network. We will continue to focus on the strength of the International dealer organization as an important differentiator for our customers.”

Navistar International Corporation Resolves Lawsuit Against Environmental Protection Agency

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) yesterday reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in which EPA promised to hold a public workshop or hearing to address issues Navistar raised in its federal court appeal of EPA’s certification policies for SCR-equipped diesel powered trucks.

Navistar had asked the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. to void those polices because the EPA had adopted them without the public process required by law, but instead following input only from the SCR engine makers. In its appeal, Navistar charged that EPA is using those policies to allow SCR- equipped diesel powered trucks to operate for extended periods without any control of NOx emissions and is certifying SCR engines as meeting NOx emission requirements when they do not.

The agreement reached yesterday provides that EPA will “engage in a public process to reexamine its policies, for future 2011 and later model year engines” during which it will “provide a thorough review of EPA’s policies regarding operation of SCR-equipped engines”. EPA also has promised to “ensure, among other things, that SCR equipped heavy duty diesel engines are designed to properly control emissions as required under applicable regulations.” The agreement must be published by EPA in the Federal Register for comment before it can become final.

“We are pleased with this agreement and look forward to participating in the public process,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “We believe that with full and open public participation, EPA will develop a new approach that will result in equal enforcement of the 2010 NOx requirements for all engine makers.”

In March, Navistar’s MaxxForce® DT mid-range diesel engines and MaxxForce® 13 big bore diesel engines were certified by the EPA for model year 2010.

Navistar Unveils International Terrastar Class 4/5 Work Truck

At a press event at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show, Navistar today unveiled the International TerraStar Class 4/5 commercial truck. With a wide range of commercial-duty features—from its commercial-duty MaxxForce 7 V-8 diesel engine to the largest, roomiest cab available—the International TerraStar sets a new standard in the Class 4/5 truck market.

“The International TerraStar comes from the same blood lines as the rest of our commercial truck line-up,” said Jack Allen, president, Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “Its commercial-duty design will change the game in the work truck market by offering one of the most capable, most versatile and most drivable trucks in its class.”

At the heart of the new International TerraStar is its all-new 300 horsepower, 6.4-liter MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine, delivering 660 lb.-ft. torque. This engine features a compacted graphite iron (CGI) block which offers high strength without added weight. The MaxxForce 7 will be matched with a commercial-duty Allison 1000 transmission to optimize its power output.

The TerraStar features MaxxForce Advanced EGR emissions technology, the only no-hassle emissions technology in its class. With MaxxForce Advanced EGR, customers won’t have the worry or inconvenience of finding or filling liquid urea. And, with no added SCR aftertreatment equipment, the TerraStar provides a clean and clear chassis for easy body and equipment mounting, not to mention less added weight.

While built on a strong and durable commercial-duty platform, the TerraStar is also easy to operate. The TerraStar features best-

in-class visibility—28 percent more than the market leader. And, with an industry-best 107-inch BBC (bumper to back-of-cab) length and a 44-foot curb-to-curb turning radius, it offers outstanding maneuverability in even the tightest work environments.

The TerraStar features a true commercial-duty truck cab with 30 percent more cab interior space than the market leader, allowing plenty of room for three adults to fit comfortably in the front seat. The TerraStar will also be offered with optional extended cab or crew cab configurations.

The TerraStar also delivers unmatched serviceability with a commercial style tilt-away hood that offers unobstructed access to the engine compartment, making routine and schedule maintenance quick and easy.

In addition, the International TerraStar features the International Diamond Logic electrical system, one of the most advancedelectrical multiplexing architectures available in commercial trucks. Diamond Logic maximizes ease of body integration and helps deliver a number of smart, customizable features for added convenience and safety—such as automated pre-trip inspections, headlights on with wipers, interlocks, programmable switches and more depending on the application.

The TerraStar will initially be available with a 4×2 drivetrain, with a 4×4 drivetrain planned for 2011.

“With the introduction of the International TerraStar powered by the MaxxForce 7, there is no other truck manufacturer in the industry today with as complete a line-up of integrated trucks and engines,” Allen added. “The addition of TerraStar gives us a product line-up that can serve virtually any truck need, spanning from Class 4 to Class 8.”