January 26, 2014
International swept American Truck Dealers 2014 Truck of the Year honors Sunday at the New Orleans Convention Center, getting the top nod in the competition’s two categories.
The ProStar with Cummins ISX15 was named ATD Truck of the Year in the heavy-duty division while the International TerraStar 4×4 took medium-duty Truck of the Year.
The medium-duty TerraStar was selected over Hino’s 195h-DC, Kenworth’s K370 Cabover and Peterbilt’s cabover Model 220.
Judges noted the truck’s strong towing ability, tilting hood for easy access to the engine and the truck’s roomy interior.
“We are humbled to receive this award,” said David G. Mannella, vice president and general manager of Harahan, La.-based ITA Sales and Service, who accepted the medium-duty award.
Mannella wasn’t allowed to be humbled – or seated – for very long, as he was called back to the stage to accept the heavy-duty award along with Richard Sweebe, partner in Memphis, Tenn.-based Summit Holdings.
The heavy -duty heavyweight KO’d Kenworth’s T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 and Peterbilt’s Model 579 in a competition which was judged by veteran trucking journalists in categories including innovation, design, safety and driver satisfaction.
The judges gave nods to the ProStar’s simple trim, big-bore engine power and the truck’s overall maneuverability.
“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,” says Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts for Navistar. “Being recognized in both these categories proves International is back with great product offerings.”