Hosted at a new Rush Enterprises-owned Custom Vehicle Solutions facility in Denton TX, the event brought together executives from Navistar, Rush Truck Centers, Team Fishel and Godwin Manufacturing, which bodied the truck, to celebrate the occasion. The event was highlighted by Dennis Huffmon, senior vice president of US sales at Navistar, handing over the keys to John Phillips, president and CEO of Team Fishel.
“We’re proud to present the first CV Series production unit to Team Fishel,” Huffmon said. “I’d also like to acknowledge the outstanding customer support from Rush Truck Centers, whose commercial truck expertise represents a competitive advantage experienced across our entire International Truck dealer network.
“Customers have told us in no uncertain terms this market is ready for a different choice. These customers want more than a truck, they want a true business partner. With unmatched commercial expertise, partners such as Rush Truck Centers and a dealer service network that specializes in diesel power, International Truck is a welcomed alternative to customers seeking more.”
The delivery is the first of a number of vehicles Team Fishel will receive after making the largest single retail purchase to date for the CV Series. With more than 30 offices in 13 states, more than 2,300 employees and more than 1,600 trucks ranging from Class 4 to 8, Team Fishel saw the CV Series as good fit for their needs, International said.
“We have customers across the United States who count on us to get the job done every single day, and it’s extremely important that our vehicles are up to that challenge,” Phillips said. “I have no doubt that the CV Series will rise to the occasion, bringing with it the power, safety and drivability that gives us the very best tool to provide for our customers.”
The CV Series, launched in November, is the only truck within the Class 4/5 market segment designed, distributed and supported by a manufacturer specializing in commercial vehicles, International said, and features the same “commercial-grade toughness” built into the company’s larger trucks. The CV Series also accommodates a wide range of specialized body types with an emphasis on ease of upfit.
“We are proud to support Navistar with the launch of the CV series chassis and to perform installations at our new, state-of-the-art Custom Vehicle Solutions facility,” said Chris Simpson, regional general manager of Custom Vehicle Solutions and Perfection Truck Parts & Equipment. “This is another way we provide superior solutions to our customers across the country.”
With the CV Series, customers can also utilize International Truck’s dealer network, which includes more than 700 service locations and 7,600 ASE-certified commercial diesel-train technicians. They also are backed by a commercial-grade parts network where 90% of parts are available through either dealer inventory or International’s network of parts distribution centers.