Production begins at new diesel engine plant

Navistar Engine Group officially marked the start-up of production of its new “big bore” heavy diesel engines at a plant dedication in Huntsville, Ala.

The event – held on the anniversary of Navistar’s 75th year in the diesel engine business – showcased the company’s new MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 diesels for the North
American Class 8 commercial truck market.

“Since we announced our plans in 2005, these new engines have commanded the attention of the heavy truck industry,” Navistar Engine Group President Jack Allen told a gathering of nearly 600 Navistar customers, global automotive and equipment OEMs, plant employees and press representatives. “Now, these advanced products, the culmination of our 75 years of diesel leadership, will command the respect of heavy truck owners and drivers as they deliver on their promise.”

The MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13 engines offer heavy commercial truck buyers a fuel-efficient, powerful, durable and quiet powerplan, according to the company.

Six MaxxForce big bore models offer ratings in the ranges of 330 to 475 horsepower and 1,250 to 1,700 lb.-ft. torque

The 300,000-square-foot Huntsville plant is the newest in Navistar’s roster of first class global diesel engine facilities. Huntsville is also home to an existing Navistar plant, which since 2001 has produced V6 and V8 diesels for consumer pickups and vans, commercial trucks, school buses and recreational vehicles.

“Huntsville was selected to produce these new big bore diesel engines because of the talented and dedicated workforce here and its clear track record of building high-quality engines at a competitive cost,” Allen said.

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