Navistar talks ‘turn-around story,’ switch to SCR

By Jack Roberts on

20130320-111313.jpgIn the midst of what company officials call a “great turn-around story,” Navistar today updated its current financial and product situations at the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky.

New company CEO Troy Clarke noted in his opening remarks that Navstar’s current cash flow balance is better than anticipated. That, Clarke says, combined with reinforced internal control issues to insure product validation, a rapid-response team to deal with “legacy issues,” and ahead-of-schedule Cummins ISX15-equipped ProStar+ trucks has lead to a 25 percent boost in Navistar stock price per share and are strong signals the company is “headed in the right direction.”

“We have delivered on every promise we’ve made — ahead of schedule,” Clarke stressed. “We are moving forward thanks to our partnerships and will remain focused on the North America trucking industry moving forward. And although we remain committed to our turn-around process, we feel this is a time that we can start to look forward; and I can tell you there’s a lot of good stuff coming from Navistar very soon.”

Clarke’s theme was carried over by Jack Allen, president, North America Truck and Parts for Navistar, who noted that the company was “shifting momentum” with 1,100 Cummins-equipped ProStar+ trucks already built and more coming. “The last time we offered Cummins in our ProStar+, back in 2008 – 2009, we were selling 13,000 to 14,000 of those trucks a year,” Allen says. “So we feel this move is a very positive one for our company.”

Complimenting the 15-liter Cummins engine will be Navistar’s SCR version of its MAXXForce 13-liter diesel, which Allen noted is mere weeks away from entering into full-scale product with production trucks on display at Navistar’s Mid-America booth. “We’ll have nearly 1 million test miles behind this engine when we launch it,” Allen says. “We feel it will an ideal engine more most fleets, offering them a highly efficient fuel economy solution.”

Navistar’s “Project Horizon” prototype tractor dominates the booth display here at Mid-America, and both Clarke and Allen pointed to this highly advanced vehicle as solid evidence of Navistar’s technological push forward. “This concept truck is loaded with advanced powertrain, ergonomic and aerodynamic technologies,” Clarke explained. “But this is not a long-term test truck. These are technologies we are fully committed to introducing in the next 24 to 36 months.”

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Jack Roberts is executive editor for CCJ and equipment editor for its sister magazine Overdrive. Roberts joined Randall-Reilly in 1995 as associate editor of Equipment World magazine and began covering both heavy-duty and light trucks in 1996. In 2006 he was the founding editor of Total Landscape Care before joining CCJ's staff in 2008.

11 comments
Jennifer Pipenger
Jennifer Pipenger

To Everyone who is having engine breakdown issues:

 

What (if any) additives are you using with your fuel?   I know that there have been issues with EGR valve clogging/plugging AND common rail injector issues with distillates produced from some of the newer crude oils.  The fuels are made to 'spec' but I also know that they typically need additional treatment to burn cleaner and improve MPG.

International2
International2

DFL. Thanks for the post. I have searched for you message, but never received. Would you mind sending once more to internationaladvantage@navistar.com. I want to make sure we address any troubles you may be experiencing. Thanks again.

DFL
DFL

Thank You for the info. I have sent a message to the address you sent me.

International
International

Hi DFL,

I see that you've already been directed to an email address that can help, and we're sorry to hear you've had some trouble with your ProStars. 

We want to do all we can to help you - so please do send us an email at internationaladvantage@navistar.com that includes your name, company, local dealer and VIN numbers and we'll make sure our customer team contacts you immediately.

Smithe
Smithe

I have a few 2011 ProStars with MaxxForce 13s and, sure I have had a few breakdowns, but from what I understand Cummins and Detroit do to. I will take my MPGs that I am getting, over the few minor problems that I have had. Plus, no DEF. Let's face it, none of these current engines are bullet proof. It's going to take time. Sorry, I am happy with what I bought and would buy more if I could before they go DEF.

skeptic3
skeptic3

13L SCR still waiting on EPA certification.

Coach O
Coach O

Yes, they are putting ISX engines in the ProStar, but you can;t afford to buy them witht he $6K upcharge. I have lost all confidence in this company.

West Texas Truck Man
West Texas Truck Man

DFL .  

 

Sorry for your bad experience.

 

I can offer you a tried and true Detroit engine in either a Freightliner or a Western Star.

 

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

 

Rich Jumper 325-651-9275

DFL
DFL

I purchased 10 new 2013 pro stars last july. in less then a year. 5 of them have had to be towed. The maxforce engines are a big hassel. Ive had 1 total engine failure it blew a hole out the block idling in a dock. There on there 2nd or 3rd recall for engine repairs EGR ect...... I also have more then 1 that when they sit over the weekend the engine loses its prime and they wont start. Not to mention 2 have had compressor leaks or failures. I'm sick of paying for Rentals and running them back and forth to be fixed. I currently have 1 in the shop now on its 4th day waiting on internationals approval to redo a EGR problem for the 3rd time. Good Luck !

Navistar
Navistar

Good afternoon, DFL. Please feel free to contact Navistar at internationaladvantage@navistar.com.



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