Autocar names Bob Enright president

| Friday, September 07, 2001

Autocar, the newest entry into the Class 8 low-cab-over-engine truck market, recently named Bob Enright its company president. The hiring of Enright is designed to help the Union City, IN-based company implement a customer-focused marketing strategy and preserve its heritage of quality.

Enright, a veteran of the heavy-duty vehicles manufacturing industry, previously spent four years as president of Western Star Trucks Inc. He led the company in garnering J.D. Power and Associates number one ranking in the Class 8 truck category for customer satisfaction.

"Bob brings an appreciation for trucks and tremendous business and operations knowledge," said Andrew Taitz, chairman of Grand Vehicle Works Holdings LLC, Autocar's parent company. "Because he can communicate effectively with the people who buy trucks and the people who make them, he'll ensure that Autocar delivers solutions for its customers."

Autocar, the owner of the Xpeditor line, was acquired last month from Volvo Trucks North America Inc. Enright will look to increase sales of Xpeditor trucks, which primarily serve the refuse collection industry.

The Autocar moniker has been in existence since 1889 and introduced its first commercial vehicle in 1908. It was the first to mass-produce a truck with forward control and the first to make a four-cylinder-engine forward-control truck.

In 1953, Autocar was purchased by White Motor Co. In 1981, Volvo purchased the company and renamed it Volvo White Truck Corp.

"I am honored to lead a company whose name is associated with historic achievements in the truck industry," said Enright, "and I will work to see that we uphold the heritage of quality, innovation and performance."

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