Navistar touts 17,000 vehicles shipped in 4Q

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Updated Nov 4, 2010

At a facility tour for media at the company’s Huntsville Engine Plant in Huntsville, Ala., Navistar International Corp. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, announced it has delivered about 17,000 vehicles to U.S. and Canadian customers in the past quarter.

“Like our other manufacturing facilities, our Huntsville engine plant is operating in full production mode and shipping several hundred engines each week to our truck and bus assembly locations,” says Daniel Ustian, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Navistar. “To date, we have built and shipped more than 15,000 EPA-compliant 2010 vehicles, and we continue to build more than 100 EPA2010 MaxxForce 13 engines every day.”

The company also announced it has received more than 28,000 orders for EPA2010 vehicles to date – not including long-term multiyear contracts – including 10,000 orders for the MaxxForce 13. Among those orders, the company also has more than 1,000 orders for the new Class 4/5 medium-duty International TerraStar.

Navistar also advised that it has submitted certification to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its MaxxForce 15 and plans to submit for EPA certification of its MaxxForce 13 at 0.2g NOx in the next few months.

Navistar also showcased a new campaign focused on its combination of its lighter-weight International ProStar+ truck and MaxxForce 13 engine, launching this month. “Today’s trucking industry poses major challenges for a fleet’s business,” says Michael Cerilli, vice president of North American truck marketing. “Shippers are demanding more payload capacity at a lower operating cost. As a result, fleet owners need more flexibility in their fleet vehicles – ideally, a lightweight truck that helps maximize their payloads while operating more efficiently.”

Navistar also announced the TerraStar began rolling off the assembly line in October at the company’s truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas. The first units are making their way to International dealers throughout the United States and Canada this month. The TerraStar is powered by the 6.4-liter MaxxForce 7 V-8, which delivers 300 hp and 660 lb.-ft. torque. The MaxxForce 7 features a 28,000-psi (1,900 bar) high-pressure common-rail fuel system, dual sequential turbocharger system and a high-strength compacted graphite iron (CGI) block. Its 107-inch BBC is designed for added maneuverability in tight work environments.