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TURIN, Italy - (November 23, 2009) - New Holland Construction has successfully won the majority of the biggest tender ever promoted by the Italian Army for construction equipment applications. For a total of 21 million euros, the 142 units will be delivered over the next 12-24 months from at least three different CNH European plants: Turin and Lecce in Italy and the Berlin plant in Germany.

The bid involved major leading European manufacturers with a request for specific product applications for the military sector. The 142 units requested included crawler excavators, wheel loaders, graders and dozers, for a total of five different models: the D180 Dozer, F156.6 Grader, E245BM Crawler Excavator and W130 and W190 wheel loaders. All products will be painted in green military polychrome livery and shipped with special attachments to suit the sector's requirements. The variety of the attachments included (i.e. buckets, hammers and crushers, etc.), will allow several different applications of the machines.

The products will be used to renew the Italian Army's current fleet of construction equipment machinery and will be utilized throughout its various sites all over the world to support safety and defense initiatives.

The successful final testing of the first 24 New Holland E245B Multifunction excavators carried out at the New Holland San Mauro plant proved the equipment to be fully in line with the request.

In the past decades, New Holland Construction has previously won the majority of the first tender for construction equipment requested by the Italian Firefighting Brigades. The Fiat Group brand has actually been the preferred choice, winning different tenders issued for a 15-unit supply worth more than a 1.5 million euros, which will be delivered within the next two months.

The 15-unit supply includes the E245B and the E215B Crawler Excavators and the C175 Compact Track Loaders, all of which are painted with the Italian Fire Brigades' typical red color and delivered with special attachments to suit the sector's requirements. The aim of this special supply will be to revamp the Fire Brigades' current fleet of construction equipment machinery, and to thereby support their safety and rescue activities.

Among the construction equipment units ordered by the Italian Firefighting Brigades, several Crawler Excavators - equipped with crushers and orange -peel grabs - and Compact Track Loaders will be immediately used for demolition and scrap removal in the Abruzzo earthquake-stricken area.

New Holland offers the Firefighters a 36-month warranty on top of the usual 24-month full service coverage.

New Holland is a global, full-line construction equipment brand, with a network of 800 dealers and more than 2,100 outlets in 100 countries. The company brings together the strength and resources of its world-wide commercial, industrial and finance organisations. Thanks to the experience of its foundation heritage brands, New Holland can proudly point to quality products at the technological state of the art, fully compliant with safety standards and environmental regulations. More information can be found on line at New Holland is a division of CNH Global N.V. (NYSE:CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A (FIA..MI).