Navistar International Corp. announced that the first heavy-duty highway rig equipped with a less-polluting Cummins Inc. engine came off the production line this week at Navistar’s plant in Mexico.
Chicago Crains Business reported that this is a milestone for Lisle-based Navistar, which was unable to produce a diesel engine that meets tighter emissions standards.
In a statement, the company said the teams at Navistar and Cummins have been “laser-focused” on a seamless implementation of the launch plan.
“This is a great accomplishment for Navistar and an important milestone as we bring our first SCR-based Class 8 trucks to the marketplace,” Navistar President and COO Troy Clarke said in a statement. “The entire launch team and hundreds of others working behind the scenes are committed to a high-quality launch, and this achievement is another proof point in our progress.”
In August, after a three-year struggle, Navistar abandoned its technology and said it would purchase engines from Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins. The failure led to the ousting of CEO Dan Ustian, who had led the failed engine development.
Navistar is recovering, said interim CEO and Executive Chairman Lewis Campbell. “We have the right plan and strategy in place to turn this company around in the next 12 to 18 months,” Campbell said recently during a session at the Baird Industrial Conference in Chicago.
The company said a smaller Navistar engine will enter initial pilot production in March with regular production beginning in April.