USA Truck Orders 963 International EPA-compliant engines

| Monday, January 20, 2003

Van Buren, AR-based USA Truck Inc. has placed an order for 963 International 9400i heavy-duty tractors featuring Cummins ISX engines that are compliant with EPA-2002 emissions requirements.

USA Truck will take delivery of the new International trucks beginning in April 2003 through its local dealer, Carco International Trucks of Fort Smith, AR.

USA Truck, one of the nation's largest commercial carriers, operates more than 1,900 tractors and 4,000 dry-van trailers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Its recent order marks a big change for the company, which had previously done the bulk of its business with another OEM.

Steve Keate, president of International's truck group, said in a statement USA Truck would benefit from International's network of dealers and its collaborative relationship with Cummins as an engine supplier.

"Through these strengths, we're positioned to provide USA Truck with a single channel for service and support over the long term, which means USA Truck will profit from less downtime and a significantly lower overall cost of ownership," Keate said.

International has a nationwide network of nearly 1,000 dealer locations delivering one-stop shopping for customers' order, delivery, service, financing, parts, engine and support needs.

Cliff Beckham, vice president of finance and chief financial officer for USA Truck Inc., said, "Our success depends on our ability to keep up with our customers' demands through lower operating costs and more overall uptime. It's clear that International offers the industry's best parts and repair service, so no matter where our trucks might be, we know they'll be kept in optimum working condition."

USA Truck is a medium haul, common and contract carrier specializing in truckload quantities of general commodities. The company operates in the 48 contiguous United States and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, as well as in Mexico through the gateway city of Laredo, TX.

International Truck and Engine Corp. is the operating company of Navistar International Corp. The company produces mid-range diesel engines, medium trucks, heavy trucks, severe service vehicles and bus chassis, and provides parts and service under the International brand.

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