International Trucks, Navistar, & Idealease News & Headlines

Tri-County International is happy to share with you news from many different sources on this page including product information and announcements from International and Idealease, trucking industry news and happenings, and news from a host of other sources.  Scroll down and click on the links to see news that may greatly impact the trucking industry and your future!

Navistar / International / Tri-County / Idealease ‘In The News’

Idealease of Flint/Detroit earns ‘ONE Idealease’ award for the 17 time for excellence in serving its customers
Idealease of Flint/Detroit earned the prestigious ‘ONE Idealease’ award from National Idealease in recognition of its dedication to the highest level of service to Idealease of Flint/Detroit customers for the 17th time in 2018.  “Your achievement is a symbol of the Expertise, Responsiveness and Stability that you and your Idealease organization bring to the marketplace every day” wrote Lance Bertram, VP of Sales, Marketing and Distribution from Idealease’s national office.

OnCommand Connection Made Standard On On-Highway International Trucks

In a June 15th, 2018 article, Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine described Navistar’s commitment to provide an OnCommand Connection telematics device with two FREE years of service included on all new on-highway International trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada.  OnCommand Connection has proven its ability to provide online diagnostics while a truck is still on the road, allowing the firm to solve problems before they effect normal operation while simultaneously lowering the total overall cost of maintenance over the long haul.  Call your Tri-County salesperson to learn more!

Quick Spin On The New HX: International’s Refined Linebacker
In a 12/27/17 article, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine wrote:  While the HX doesn’t differ a whole lot visually on the outside from the tried-and-true PayStar it replaces, the new truck follows the same trend as the LT and RH with aggressive and highly focused upgrades under the skin, including greater attention to driver comfort and productivity, enhanced powertrain options, and a future-ready platform that is fully enabled on the telematics front and capable of adopting more advanced vehicle communications systems as they become available.

Tri-County International Trucks Earns International’s ‘Diamond Edge Certification’On March 8, 2017, Navistar/International awarded its prestigious ‘Diamond Edge Certification’ to Tri-County’s Dearborn, Flint, Jackson and Warren branches in recognition of exemplary achievement in providing outstanding service work and in maintaining a degree of excellence that gives truth to International’s commitment to uptime in all of its products.

HDT – Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter For Navistar/International
On February 27, 2017, Jack Roberts of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine wrote about the A26 and how Bill Kozek, International president, formed a team to allow International to stake a claim as a diesel technology leader at a time of tremendous change in the trucking industry.

CCJ – International Unveils New 12 Liter Engine, the A26, Successor to the N13
On February 27, 2017, Jason Cannon of Commercial Carrier Journal describes the A26 process and result.

International Launches New Class 8 Truck Line – The LT
On September 30th, 2016, Navistar/International announced a whole new line of Class 8 trucks, the LT, which offer best-in-class fuel economy, unmatched driver comfort and ‘drivability’, and over a hundred improvements which make this Class 8 truck the best on the road today.

Cummins ISL9 Diesel Engine Now Available In International WorkStar and DuraStar Models
On March 2nd 2016, International Truck announced the availability of the Cummins ISL9 diesel engine to the International DuraStar and WorkStar product lines.

International Truck Launches New HX Series Extreme Heavy Duty Severe Service Truck
On February 1st 2016, Navistar/International Truck launched the International HX Series, a new line of Class 8 premium vocational trucks designed to deliver the strength and endurance required for the severe service industry.

Navistar Class 8 Vehicle Achieves 5 Percent Fuel Economy Improvement
The International ProStar with 13 liter engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage Series Automated 10-speed transmission is now available for order.

Navistar Ships First Vocational Vehicles With 9- and 10-Liter SCR Engines
The new engines provide up to eight percent (8%) fuel economy improvement in the International DuraStar and WorkStar trucks.

Schwan’s Consumer Brands Names Idealease of Detroit/Flint As Best-In-Class!
Award recognizes Idealease’s 100% campaign compliance, PM compliance and billing
accuracy and demonstrated expertise with their Portal billing practices & responsiveness.

Transport Topics Article: Navistar Sweeps ATD Truck-of-Year Honors for Heavy Duty (ProStar+ w Cummins ISX) and Medium Duty (TerraStar 4×4)!
“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 Bil Kozek, Navistar president of North American Truck and Parts. “Being recognized in both these categories proves International is back with great product offerings.”

Idealease of Detroit/Flint Given IDEALGOLD Award By National Idealease 
Idealease not only received IDEALGOLD national recognition for achievement across twelve critical performance benchmarks, four of its people attained prestigious President’s Awards for outstanding performance in sales and management.

Con-Way Chooses ProStar
Con-way Drivers Choose ProStar, Company Orders 200 Units

Tri-County Showing Detroit Fire/EMS Officials The New TerraStar Ambulance
   (click on the picture below for the story behind the purchase)


Tri-County International and Horton Ambulance presented the new International TerraStar Ambulance to Detroit Fire Officials at the Detroit Fire Academy on August 9th, 2013.
Todd Fracalossi & Mark Caracciolo pictured above.


International TerraStar Is Now Available in 4×4
Plenty of reasons to ‘climb aboard’ the new TerraStar 4×4 Class 4/5 truck.

Confidence 2.0 – Driven To Deliver For You From Navistar/International

Navistar issues ‘Confidence 2.0’, a pdf PowerPoint summary of Navistar/International’s current financial standing, its progress with incorporating SCR and Cummins into its product line again, and its current ‘compliant’ standing on the MaxxForce engine line.  Overall, a very positive document!

ProStar+ with ISX15 Runs Smooth As Truck News Takes A Ride In Navistar’s New Truck
and Engine Combination

One of the best-selling truck and engine combinations, International and Cummins, are officially back together with great results.

First International with SCR Rolls Off Production Line

November 15, 2012 – First SCR-based clean engine technology milestone reaches as International prepares for customer deliveries in December, full production in January. Click on the heading above for the story.

Navistar, Cummins Finalize Supply Agreements For Emissions Aftertreatment (SCR) & Heavy Duty Engines

October 22, 2012 –  Navistar International Corporation today announced that it has reached definitive, long-term supply agreements for heavy-duty diesel engines and emissions aftertreatment (SCR) with Cummins, Inc.  Click on the heading above for the full text of the press release.

Batteries: Starting & Charging in Cold Weather

Click on the heading above for an article from Idealease which explains how the cold weather affects a truck’s battery from cold cranking to charging.

Navistar Announces Diesel Engine/Emissions Technology To Meet Emissions
Regulations Now & the Future

July 6, 2012 – (An excerpt of the press release follows)  “Navistar International Corporation today announced that it will introduce its next generation clean engine solution – In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) to meet 2010 U.S. EPA emissions regulations and position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements.  The ICT+ technology combines Navistar’s advanced in-cylinder engine expertise with urea-based aftertreatment and is expected be available beginning early 2013.”

For the full text of the press release and a FAQ document which answers commonly-asked questions, click on the icons below. 

 ICT+ Press Release    ICT+ FAQ Doc


International WorkStar – Road Maintenance Truck of the Future!

Genesee County Road Commission takes delivery of its third WorkStar ‘Super Plow’ Road Maintenance Vehicle that does a lot more for less.

Idealease Makes Recommendations for Cold Weather Start-up

November 24, 2011: Winter weather can cause starting problems for modern diesel engine trucks.  Click here or on the heading above for a list of highly recommended procedures which will make startup of your truck easier on a Winter day.

J.D. Power and Associates Report: International Ranks Highest In Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Satisfaction


Westlake Village, CA: September 1, 2011 – In yet another award from J D Power and Associates, International received the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ranking for their heavy-duty diesel engines, markedly above the industry average and above the ranking for Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Mack.  Click Here or on the heading above for a snapshot of the their Customer Satisfaction Index Ranking.


Navistar Receives J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Award For Highest Ranking Among Class 8 Owners In the Pickup & Delivery Segment

Warrenville – (June 30, 2011) – Navistar Inc.’s International brand trucks rank highest in customer satisfaction among Class 8 truck owners in the Pickup and Delivery segment, commonly known in the industry as regional haul…
(to read a full copy of the press release, click HERE or click on the heading above)

Alabama Fleet’s Head-To-Head Tests Point To ProStar+ with MaxxForce 13

Click on the heading above to read how an Alabama fleet operator, BWI Trucks, put ProStar+ to the test with competing trucks. ProStar+ with MaxxForce 13 came out ‘Way Ahead’ based on truck price, cost of operation, and most importantly, fuel costs.

International Class 8 Trucks Receive J D Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Award

July 1, 2010:  International Class 8 trucks rank highest in customer satisfaction among Class 8 users in both Class 8 categories: Vocational Truck Segment and Dealer Service.  To view the press release in its entirety, please click Here.

Boyd Bros In Alabama (“Best Fleet To Work For”) Commits To ProStar+

May 20, 2010:  Boyd Bros. Transportation, a leading flatbed carrier with over 1,000 trucks in its fleet, commits to 325 International ProStar+ tractors with MaxxForce 13 engines.  “We’ve had great results with the existing ProStars in our fleet and look forward to more success with the ProStar+….We’ll be providing our drivers with the most fuel-efficient and driver-friendly trucks on the road today!”

Navistar & J B Hunt Sign 5 Year Supply Agreement

May 11th, 2010:  Navistar announced J B Hunt committed to 5,000 ProStar+ units from Navistar over a 5 year period.  J B Hunt, an industry leader, made the decision based on the fuel economy, overall performance and no-hassle approach of the MaxxForce Advanced EGR engines.

TerraStar – Navistar’s New Truck Entry In Class 4/5

Brand new medium-duty truck with big truck features.

ProStar+ – Best Class 8 Tractor Gets Even Better

The ProStar leads the industry in Class 8 sales and fuel economy.  The ProStar+ features even more enhancements to maximize fuel economy and driver satisfaction.

Other Industry News

Outlook For Trucking – May 2010

Eric Starks, president of FTR Associates, sees economic indicators pointing up for demand for trucking.  Driver shortage looms on the horizon.

MaxxForce 2010 Engines – Keeping Their Cool

November 2009 article in Heavy Duty Trucking by Senior Editor, Tom Berg, provides info on MaxxForce 2010 engines and a ride & drive by trade press executives.

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