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Some Good News For Navistar

Posted on January 27, 2014

Navistar has had its share of ups and downs over the last year and a half, but the company recently had some good news on both the truck and bus fronts.

On the truck side, the company’s International ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 engine with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) was named the 2014 Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year at the annual American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Exposition in New Orleans. Similarly, Navistar’s International TerraStar 4x4 was named the 2014 Medium-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year.

“It is an honor to be recognized this year with both the 2014 ATD Heavy-Duty and Medium-Duty Commercial Truck of the Year titles,” said Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts for Navistar. “Being recognized in both these categories proves International is back with great product offerings.”

In the heavy-duty category, other contestants includes the Kenworth T880 vocational truck with Paccar MX-13 engine and the Peterbilt Model 579 truck. Medium-duty entries included the Hino 195h-DC, the Kenworth Class 6 K370 cabover and Peterbilt’s Model 220. The nominees were judged by a panel of journalists from truck publications in North America and selection criteria included innovation and design, safety and driver and owner satisfaction.

On the heels of that new, Navistar’s IC Bus subsidiary announced that it has started customer shipments of its first CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB 6.7 L engine from the company's Tulsa, Okla., assembly plant.

"Adding the Cummins ISB as an offering on our CE Series buses was intended to provide us with a new opportunity for growth and we are excited to already see results reflected in the first two months of orders," said John McKinney, president, Navistar global bus. "Customers now have access to the broadest selection of mid-range diesel engines in the industry and we are encouraged by the long-term market potential for the CE Series."

To date, IC Bus said it has received more than 2000 orders for CE Series buses with the Cummins ISB engine. Along with the Cummins ISB 6.7, the CE Series buses are available with Navistar’s own MaxxForce 7 and MaxxForce DT diesel engines.