Navistar® Marks 75 Years of Diesel Leadership
with Dedication of Newest Engine Plant


During a special event on September 23, 2008, Navistar® Engine Group celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first production diesel engine, the D-40, with the dedication of the facility that will build its newest diesel engine family, MaxxForce Big Bore. Additionally, the event highlighted the company's scope and reach - engine offerings ranging from 50-475 hp for use in on- and off-highway, agricultural, industrial, defense and stationary power applications - as well as plans for global expansion.

Navistar Chairman, president and CEO, Dan Ustian, and Engine Group president, Jack Allen, spoke to a crowd of global OEM customers and prospects, local dignitaries and Navistar employees, delivering a retrospective look at the company's 75 years of diesel engine production leadership and a visionary look forward at where the diesel technology leader is heading.

In 1933 Navistar, then International Harvester, launched its first production diesel, a 50 hp four-cylinder engine for stationary and agricultural applications, and effectively began its legacy. For the next 75 years the company shaped and developed the diesel industry and established itself as a leader, producing innovative engines for agricultural, construction, military and on-highway applications. Significant milestones during those years include the introduction of the DT 466, the Ford PowerStroke® Diesel, the first smokeless diesel engine, the first fully electronically controlled mid-range commercial diesel and the Green Diesel Technology® platform which led the way for today's advanced clean diesel technologies.

Today, and over 15 million engines later, Navistar focuses exclusively on high-performance diesel engines for a roster of customers around the world. Its on-road automotive customers include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo and Land Rover, which use Navistar diesels to power commercial trucks, pickups, vans, and sport utility vehicles. Navistar also produces diesel powerplants for commercial off-road vehicles and equipment for across the globe.

The company commands 42% of the midrange diesel engine market and 64% of the school bus engine market in North America. In South America, Navistar Engine Group commands more than 50% market share of the mid-size pickup and SUV segment, and accounts for nearly 40% of all commercial and consumer diesel engines produced.

And Navistar continues to grow rapidly on other continents, especially in India, China and Eastern Europe.

The MaxxForce Big Bore Assembly facility is the newest addition to Navistar's roster of first-class global engine facilities. With operations now underway, the 28 000 m2 state-of-the-art plant produces the technologically advanced MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13.

Source: Navistar

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