Thursday, 2 May 2013

Navistar starts shipping MaxxForce 13 SCR

According to Diesel Progress, Navistar, Inc. has started shipping – ahead of schedule – its first International ProStar trucks powered by the MaxxForce 13 SCR diesels.

 This follows certification of its SCR-based 13-litre diesel engine earlier this month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). 

Navistar claimed it began shipping the first units on April 26, from truck plants in Escobedo, Mexico and Springfield, Ohio.

The MaxxForce 13 SCR engines use compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder blocks.

Navistar introduced its first SCR-based commercial trucks for the U.S. and Canadian markets in December 2012 with the launch of the International ProStar with the Cummins ISX 15 L engine.

According to Navistar, the remaining line-up of International heavy-duty truck models will transition to SCR-based technology in a phased launch in the coming months based on volume and customer demand.

"Delivering our 13 L engine ahead of schedule is another important milestone for Navistar and completes our transition to SCR-based heavy-duty engine offerings," said Troy Clarke, Navistar president and chief executive officer.

The turnaround is good news at last for the troubled diesel engine maker which in the past few years has faced a series of setbacks during the latter period of its former long-term leader, Daniel Ustian, who left Navistar when it became obvious the company was failing in its strategy to meet EPA10, the Federal Government’s January 2010 change in emission standards.

Clarke took over recently from Lewis Campbell who helped define a ‘new coarse’ for Navistar International, paving the way for Clarke to fulfil promises made for the future.

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