During a special event Tuesday (Sept. 23), Navistar Engine Group celebrated the anniversary of its first production diesel engine, the D-40, with the dedication of the facility that will build its newest diesel engine family, MaxxForce Big Bore.
Additionally, the event highlighted the company’s scope and reach-engine offerings ranging from 50-475 hp for use in on- and off-highway, agricultural, industrial, defense and stationary power applications, as well as plans for global expansion, according to a press release.
Navistar Chairman, President and CEO Dan Ustian and Engine Group President Jack Allen spoke to a crowd of global OEM customers and prospects, local dignitaries, Navistar employees and local and trade press, delivering a retrospective look at the company’s 75 years of diesel engine production leadership and a visionary look forward at where the diesel technology global leader is heading.
“This milestone is about much more than an anniversary,” said Ustian. “This is about our scientists, designers, engineers and manufacturing personnel around the world, who for decades have been responsible for the performance and quality that made reaching this point possible.”
Navistar focuses exclusively on high-performance diesel engines for a blue-chip roster of customers around the world. Its on-road automotive customers include Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo and Land Rover, which use Navistar diesels to power commercial trucks, pickups, vans, and sport utility vehicles. Navistar also produces diesel powerplants for commercial off-road vehicles and equipment for agriculture, mining, construction, power-generation and materials handling across the globe.
“Our growth has given Navistar Engine Group the scale to realize big competitive advantages on the global stage,” said Allen, “including broader supply base choices, recruitment of top industry talent, competitive cost structure, and more depth in technical expertise and facilities. This all fuels our ability to deliver great products that meet the demands of customers for clean air and the attributes they value the most – capability, performance, reliability and durability.”
The MaxxForce Big Bore Assembly facility is the newest addition to Navistar’s roster of first-class global engine facilities. With operations now underway, the 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art plant produces the technologically advanced MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13.
Navistar International Corp. is a holding company whose wholly owned subsidiaries produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC brand school and commercial buses, and Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans. It also is a private-label designer and manufacturer of diesel engines for the pickup truck, van and SUV markets.