Through subsidiaries and affiliated companies, Navistar produces trucks, buses, and proprietary powertrains for North American markets. These include medium to heavy trucks from the International® brand and school and public buses from the IC Bus® brand.
The portfolio of other subsidiaries includes spare parts for trucks and for diesel engines, as well as financing services.
The Navistar brands are among the leaders in North America.
Cyrus McCormick invents the first successful mechanical reaper, establishing the beginning of McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became part of the International Harvester Company.
Cyrus McCormick moves his business to Chicago and organizes a franchise dealership network.
McCormick Harvesting Machine Company merges with Deering Harvester Company to become International Harvester, which held 85% market share in the farm equipment business.
International Harvester builds its first commercial gasoline engine and tractor. Just five years later, the company creates the Auto Wagon, the first pickup truck.
Between 1941 and 1945, International Harvester builds rugged vehicles and a vast array of equipment to support America during WWII.
After building trucks and pickups for over 50 years, International Harvester develop the Scout, a precursor to the SUV, in 1961.
International Harvester becomes Navistar International Corporation. International® remains the brand for commercial vehicles.
With the acquisition of bus manufacturer AmTran, Navistar becomes a fully integrated producer of school buses.
The bus division acquires a new name: IC Bus® (standing for “Integrated Coach”).
The OnCommand® Connection connectivity portfolio comes onto the market.
Navistar and Traton (still known then as Volkswagen Truck & Bus) conclude a strategic partnership.
Navistar becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Traton.
Launch of the first TRATON Group Modular Product for the North American market: the International® S13 Integrated Powertrain.
The long-standing history of innovation at Navistar extends as far back as 1831, when the first precursors of the present-day company came into being.
Today, IC Bus® is the No 1 brand in school buses in North America and International® is No 2 in Class 6/7 and No 4 in Class 8 trucks.
Sustainability is embedded into Navistar’s vision, strategy and culture. The company takes a holistic look at sustainability including people, planet, responsibility, and impact.
In 2021, two zero-emissions products were launched, including a medium duty vehicle and a school bus. These fully electric zero-emissions vehicles can, depending on the emissions profile of the electricity used to charge them, enable a fully zero-emissions footprint.
Learn more about sustainability at Navistar.