Caterpillar to provide extended coverage on ’07 engines

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Caterpillar has announced that it will offer a special coverage program on all 2007-model Cat engines with the company’s ACERT technology delivered to end-users in the United States or Canada during the first half of 2007 for commercial on-highway service.

“Many fleets have told us that they’re concerned about the technology changes that all the engine manufacturers are making in their 2007 engines,” says George Taylor, director and general manager of Caterpillar On-Highway Engine Business. “Cat has nearly 12 million test miles on our 2007 pre-production engines, and customers who are operating them are telling us that they’re as reliable and fuel-efficient as Cat engines have always been. We want to share that confidence with users who are undecided on their engine purchases.”

The new program, called Caterpillar Pure Confidence, includes Extended Service Coverage and the Cat On-Time Promise. ESC offers full parts and labor coverage on covered engine and emission components for three years/300,000 miles on all C9, C13 and C15 engines and three years/150,000 miles on all C7 engines; to receive this coverage, these engines must be purchased and delivered between Jan. 1 and June 30. And if a 2007-model Cat engine requires repairs that will keep it sidelined for more than 24 hours during 2007, Cat will reimburse the user for a rental vehicle to get the load to the destination on time; some restrictions apply.

Caterpillar says more than 100 pre-production engines are being tested by 56 fleets and are demonstrating excellent reliability and fuel economy virtually identical to 2006-model engines.