WARRENVILLE, Ill. (July 23, 2009) — Navistar (NYSE: NAV) and ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today announced that under the terms of a new long-term supply agreement, Meritor axles are now in standard position on International® medium-duty trucks and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. Also under the terms of the agreement, ArvinMeritor gains additional standard axle positions on International’s heavy-duty trucks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“In working with ArvinMeritor, we’ve selected a premier axle-brake supplier — one which has been our standard Class 8 axle-brake supplier for more than 10 years,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American Truck Group. “We’re confident that our customers will be extremely pleased with the performance of the Meritor axle. Our customers can feel comfortable relying on Meritor for drivetrain specification assistance, rapid response to troubleshooting and quality after-the-sale support.”
“This agreement represents a natural extension of the long-standing relationship between Navistar and ArvinMeritor,” added Allen. “Both companies have aligned business goals focused on satisfying the end-user with quality products that exceed customer expectations. In addition, ArvinMeritor is uniquely positioned to support Navistar’s aggressive growth strategy as it expands globally into new markets with a strong product portfolio.”
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our relationship with Navistar,” said Carsten Reinhardt, president of ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems business. “With this new agreement, we are looking forward to supplying Navistar with the most reliable and technically advanced axles on the market today and will work hard to meet the expectations of Navistar’s dealers and their customers.”
Effective July 13, 2009, Meritor axles will now be standard equipment on International medium-duty trucks and IC Bus school buses and medium-duty trucks, in addition to Class 8 trucks.
ArvinMeritor will continue as Navistar’s supplier on its portfolio of military applications for programs including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, Tactical Support Vehicles (TSV), Military Commercial Off the Shelf (MilCOTS) — the first element of Canada’s Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) — and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) through the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC BusTM brand school and commercial buses, the Monaco®, Holiday Rambler®, Safari®, Beaver®, McKenzieTM and R-Vision® brand RVs, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company marks its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history of ‘forward thinking.’ ArvinMeritor serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at: www.arvinmeritor.com/.
Media contacts: Steve Schrier (Navistar), 630-753-2264
Krista Sohm (ArvinMeritor), 248-435-7115
D. Mike Pennington (ArvinMeritor), 248-435-1933
Investor contacts: Heather Kos (Navistar), 630-753-2406
Terry Huch (ArvinMeritor), 248-435-9426
Web sites: www.Navistar.com/newsroom