Navistar lands 1,700-truck order from USPS

International Truck and Engine Corp has reached an agreement to deliver more than 1,700 International 4000 Series medium-duty trucks to the United States Postal Service. International Truck is the operating company of Navistar International Corp, a commercial truck, school bus, and midrange diesel engine producer.

Under terms of the agreement, International will manufacture approximately 1,700 International 4400 model medium-duty trucks, which will be deployed in 2004 by the USPS as the newest additions to its fleet of cargo vans. Utilimaster Corp will serve as subcontractor for manufacture and installation of the van bodies, which will be in 18- and 24-foot configurations.

The agreement between the two organizations also will allow the USPS to upgrade part of its medium-duty truck fleet to International DT 466 diesel engines compliant with stricter emissions requirements that went into effect Jan 1, 2004. The agreement calls for all 1,700 vehicles to be equipped with 2004 emissions-compliant engines.

Vehicles manufactured for the USPS also will offer International Diamond Logic technology, the multiplexed electrical system that self-diagnoses problems in the operation of a truck or its equipment, and helps reduce overall repair troubleshooting time by as much as 80%.

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