Navistar International Corp. Tuesday announced the expansion of its medium-duty engine offerings to include the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine for International DuraStar medium-duty trucks and IC Bus CE Series school buses.
International DuraStar trucks and IC Bus CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB will be Navistar’s first medium-duty vehicles with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions aftertreatment.
Navistar will begin taking orders “today” for trucks and buses with the Cummins ISB with regular production for trucks is scheduled for December and production for CE Series school buses is scheduled for late-January 2014, said Bill Kozek, Navistar’s president, North America Truck and Parts.
“Adding the proven, market accepted Cummins ISB to our line-up is a key part of our strategy to offer our customers the most comprehensive medium-duty truck and bus offerings,” said Jack Allen, Navistar executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The ISB will complement our existing engine offerings and will be a catalyst as we look to improve our medium-duty truck and bus business in 2014 and beyond.”
In response to questions from the media, Kozek said the ramp-up is expressly because of customer demand and has nothing to do with the fact that the company has sufficient medium-duty emissions credits to last through next year.
Neither is Navistar phasing out its proprietary engines, he added, also in response to questions.
Kozek said the idea is “definitely” to sell more medium-duty trucks, noting Navistar’s last market share figure of 14.5 percent.
“Medium-duty truck and bus customers from across the industry have extensive familiarity and confidence in the Cummins ISB. Adding it to our proven DuraStar and CE Series products, along with our industry-leading dealer network, will provide customers with a winning combination,” said Kozek. “Customers seeking commonality in their engine line-up have expressed significant interest in combining the Cummins ISB engine with our chassis and we anticipate strong demand and orders as a result.”
While the Cummins ISB is a new offering for Navistar’s medium-duty trucks and buses, Navistar has gained extensive experience packaging and manufacturing medium-duty trucks with the Cummins ISB since 2010 through its Ford Blue Diamond joint venture.
The Cummins ISB allows Navistar to meet the needs of its truck and bus customers by adding a proven mid-range SCR engine to its line-up, said Kozek. It will announce the next steps of its comprehensive mid-range SCR engine strategy at a later date, he added.
In the meantime, spokesmen said Navistar will continue to offer EGR-only versions of its mid-range engines utilizing its medium-duty emissions credits.
Navistar International Corp. is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, and IC Bus brand school and commercial buses.
An affiliate provides truck and diesel engine service parts while another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.
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