International Truck and Engine First Company to Enter Hybrid Commercial Truck Production

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Navistar’s Truck Company, Bus Company First to Enter “Line Production” of Hybrid Vehicles
Source: International Truck and Engine Corporation News Release
WARRENVILLE, Ill. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — The road to a better environment will now include greener commercial vehicles. International Truck and Engine Corporation, a Navistar company (OTC: NAVZ – News), announced today that it is the first company to enter line production of hybrid commercial trucks. As diesel fuel prices continue their volatility and engine emissions requirements tighten, International Truck and Engine is now producing the International® DuraStar™ Hybrid, a diesel hybrid electric medium-duty truck that provides customers with improved fuel efficiency and reduced engine emissions.

The International® DuraStar™ Hybrid,

“We believe that hybrid technology is an important development for the commercial transportation sector,” said Daniel C. Ustian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Navistar International Corporation. “Increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions for the nation’s commercial trucks results in significant benefits for all of us. We strive to be the leader in developing energy efficient transportation solutions in the commercial truck, commercial bus and school bus industries.”

The International DuraStar Hybrid diesel hybrid electric truck has the proven capability to provide dramatic fuel savings from 30–40 percent on a standard in-city pickup and delivery applications. The fuel efficiency can increase to more than 60 percent in utility-type applications when the engine can be shut off, but electric power still operates the vehicle. Diesel emissions are completely eliminated when the hybrid truck operates equipment (like overhead utility booms) solely on the truck’s battery power, instead of allowing the engine to idle.

“In our continued quest to be the first to market with new truck technologies, we are taking the next major step in bringing a medium-duty diesel hybrid electric vehicle into the marketplace,” said Dee Kapur, Truck Group President, International Truck and Engine. “The hybrid combination of the diesel engine and electric battery provides and number of advantages for many truck customers.”

In 2006, International built and delivered 24 developmental hybrid units to 14 major utility companies across North America with overwhelmingly positive results.

“These units are now successfully operating giving us confidence in the quality and reliability of our new hybrid electric product,” said Jim Williams, Director of Sales & Distribution, New Products, International Truck and Engine. “As part of this development process, we have teamed with the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF), which is a consortium of utility industry customers, Eaton Corporation, the Federal Government and the Weststart/Calstart organization. This was necessary to assist us with the cost of bringing this new technology to market. It also has given us the direct customer feedback and support that is required to make the program a success. The prototype phase is done — International is now building hybrid trucks.”

One customer has tested the International hybrid truck for the past several months and has experienced the advantages first-hand.

“We tested International the hybrid truck for almost a year and it has provided substantial savings in diesel fuel,” said George Survant at Florida Power & Light. “Plus, the truck’s boom can operate on battery power instead of the engine, which results in less fuel consumed, less emissions released into the air and reduced noise in the neighborhoods where we work.”

The Hybrid Truck Users Forum estimates that nearly 1,000 gallons of fuel can be saved annually on utility trucks. With almost 100,000 new medium-duty commercial trucks expected to be sold in 2007, even if a portion of those trucks sold are International’s hybrid trucks, the overall fuel savings could be substantial.

The key challenge facing the trucking industry is the high initial cost to bring the hybrid technology to market. As International builds scale, hybrid truck prices are expected to decrease dramatically, similar to price reduction in computer technology and home electronics equipment over the years. Many customers have also been working to secure government funding to help offset the cost of the new technology. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 can provide tax credits of up to $12,000 per unit.

This production announcement comes on the heels of Navistar receiving the 2007 Blue Sky Award from WestStart-CALSTART for its contributions to the commercial development of diesel-hybrid technology. This preeminent award is presented each year by WestStart-CALSTART, the nation’s leading advanced transportation technology industry organization working to support and accelerate the growth of companies developing clean and energy-efficient transportation technologies.

In addition to production of the International DuraStar diesel hybrid, Navistar’s contributions to advanced diesel-hybrid technology include:

  • IC Corporation, the nation’s largest school bus and commercial bus manufacturer and a whole-owned affiliate of Navistar, recently announced it is the first and only bus manufacturer to begin production hybrid school buses in partnership with Enova Systems. The buses improve fuel efficiency by 70–100 percent while reducing emissions by up to 90 percent.
  • Scheduled delivery of the nation’s first 19 plug-in hybrid school buses from IC Corporation to 11 states under the efforts of Advanced Energy, a non-profit consortium of school districts, state energy agencies and student transportation providers.
  • IC Corporation’s announcement in October 2006 that it is launching a new line of diesel-electric hybrid commercial buses that use the Enova system.
  • Navistar’s partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army, UPS and Eaton Corporation to develop the first-ever series diesel hydraulic hybrid urban delivery vehicle.

For more information about ordering hybrid trucks, interested customers can visit www.InternationalTrucks.com.

About International Truck and Engine Corporation

International Truck and Engine Corporation, a Navistar company, is a leading producer of medium trucks and heavy trucks for various markets including over-the-road, pickup and delivery, construction, utility and governments. Based in Warrenville, Ill., International offers its products, parts and services through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets North America and from more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world. Additional information is available at www.InternationalTrucks.com.

Contact:
   Mark Johnson (International Truck and Engine) 630-753-3518 email
   Heather Kos (Investor Relations, International Truck and Engine) 630-753-2406
   Dane Roth (Ketchum) 312-228-6843 email

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FORD SUPER DUTY TO LEAD DIESEL REVOLUTION WITH CLEANEST, QUIETEST POWER STROKE ENGINE EVER

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  • All-new 2008 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup will go on sale in early 2007 with a new 6.4-liter Power Stroke® Diesel that is Ford’s cleanest and quietest diesel ever sold in America.
  • New ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel and advanced diesel particulate filter will provide particulate emissions levels that are equivalent to gasoline engines.
  • Ford to unveil the new Super Duty at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 28.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 21, 2006 – Ford will usher in America’s clean diesel era when it introduces the all-new 2008 F-Series Super Duty pickup early next year. The truck’s 6.4-liter Power Stroke® engine will be Ford’s cleanest, quietest pickup diesel ever – with particulate emissions equivalent to a gasoline engine.

“Ford has built its truck reputation on innovation in design, capability and durability,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, who will unveil the new pickup at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 28. “Clean diesel power will bring even more capability to our new Super Duty pickup – along with a new level of quietness and refinement. It’s what you would expect from America’s truck leader for nearly 30 years, and it’s the sort of innovation you will see throughout our product lineup going forward.”

The all new Power Stroke diesel engine will displace 6.4-liters, which is an increase in displacement from the current 6.0-liter V-8. It will be the first pickup engine in North America to use a high precision, high pressure, common-rail fuel injection system featuring piezo-electric injectors. These advanced injectors allow ultra precise timing of fuel injection for quietness and better emissions.

The new 6.4-liter Power Stroke features advanced emissions equipment, including a new diesel particulate filter that scrubs black smoke from exhaust gases and periodically cleans itself via advanced engine controls.

Pricing, fuel economy and engine specifications – including power and torque ratings – will be available closer to the vehicle going on sale in early 2007.

Diesels: The Most Capable Trucks

Diesel engines have become the powertrain of choice for heavy duty pickup truck buyers in the U.S. because they provide more torque for maximum towing and hauling.

The diesel engine’s torque advantage comes, in part, because the fuel is ignited with compression – the piston’s compression stroke is so intense that the fuel combusts spontaneously. The process is far more efficient than igniting fuel with spark plugs, as in gasoline engines.

Since 2001, annual diesel truck registrations have increased from about 400,000 vehicles in 2001 to more than 500,000 today, and Ford has long been the industry leader.

Ford has sold 1.3 million diesel-powered F-Series pickups in the U.S. since 2001. On an annual basis, Ford sells more diesel-powered pickup trucks than Chevrolet and Dodge combined. Nearly three-quarters of all Ford Super Duty trucks are sold with the Power Stroke diesel.

Ford is engineering in even higher levels of quality into the new Power Stroke engine, and will continue to offer the industry’s best warranty and roadside assistance package, which covers diesel engines for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

America’s Diesel Revolution Begins

Helping to fuel future growth in the U.S. are new low-sulfur fuels that make diesels cleaner to operate. As of October 2006, U.S. governmental regulations will require ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel to be available across the country.

High sulfur content in diesel fuel tends to clog the most advanced diesel engine emissions controls, in much the same way that lead formerly used in gasoline damaged catalytic converters. The new fuel will contain 97 percent less sulfur than conventional diesel, with the sulfur reduced from 500 parts per million (ppm) to 15 ppm.

The new fuel is compatible with the Ford Super Duty trucks that are already on the road, including models with the 6.0-liter and 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel engines.

Compared with the diesel engines of 10 years ago, today’s diesels have 80 percent lower particulate emissions, 70 percent lower nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and 15 percent improved fuel consumption, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.

The U.S. EPA estimates that emissions of particulate matter will be further reduced by 250,000 tons per year, and emissions of NOx will be reduced by 4 million tons per year, when the entire U.S. diesel engine fleet has been fully turned over to clean diesel technology by 2030.

Since diesel engines are able to extract more energy from a given quantity of fuel, they can also help reduce CO2 emissions through improved fuel economy.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a 30 percent penetration of clean diesel technology in the U.S. passenger vehicle market by 2020 would reduce net crude oil imports by 350,000 barrels per day.

Ford Committed to Clean Technologies

Ford Motor Company is committed to introducing innovative technologies that improve fuel economy, reduce vehicle emissions and reduce the country’s reliance on imported oil. These include vehicles that can run on E-85 ethanol, including the flex-fuel F-150, and hybrids, such as the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.

In addition, Ford is a leader in hydrogen internal combustion engines, and will deliver more than 20 shuttle buses equipped with the engines to customers this year. Ford also is actively engaged in research on other bio-fuels and is deploying advanced engine and transmission technologies across its powertrain lineup.

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The Girls of SEMA Show 2007

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Cummins Approves B20 Biodiesel Blends

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Cummins Announces Approval of B20 Biodiesel Blends
LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI - News) today announced the approval of biodiesel B20 blends for use in its 2002 and later emissions-compliant ISX, ISM, ISL, ISC and ISB engines. This includes the recently released 2007 products.

Cummins is able to upgrade its previous position on the use of biodiesel fuel, which limited the use to B5 blends only, up to B20 for three key reasons. First, the American Society of Testing Materials specification ASTM D6751 now includes an important stability specification for B100 biodiesel. Second, the availability of quality fuels from BQ-9000 Certified Marketers and Accredited Producers is growing rapidly; and third, Cummins has completed the necessary testing and evaluations to ensure that customers can reliably operate their equipment with confidence using B20 fuel.

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