Under a new multi-year agreement, Navistar Engine Group will supply its advanced V-8 turbo diesel engine to Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., according to a news release.
Beginning in June, MaxxForce 7 engines, manufactured in Huntsville, Ala., will power the proprietary PowerGlide chassis under Tiffin’s new Allegro Breeze RV, manufactured in Red Bay, Ala.
“We’re always looking for new ways to offer more value to our customers, and we’ve done it again with this new high-end, smaller coach,” said Bob Tiffin, CEO of family-owned Tiffin. “The Allegro Breeze is wonderfully maneuverable, easy to park and fun to drive thanks to one of the most powerful, durable and fuel-efficient engines on the market.”
The V-8 diesel pushers will be fully compliant with applicable EPA emissions standards. Tiffin will use 6.4-liter MaxxForce 7 engines rated at 215 hp and 560 lb.-ft. torque.
“MaxxForce engines fit perfectly with Tiffin’s reputation of providing high value and low cost of ownership, while introducing innovative products,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Engine Group. “We’re proud to add another industry leader of U.S.-built motorhomes to our list of partners.”
This past November, a concept model Allegro Breeze RV was introduced to dealers and news media at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., and was awarded “Best in Show” by RVBusiness magazine. At 28 feet, the Allegro Breeze RV is 17 feet shorter than Tiffin’s top-of-the-line Zephyr, but only 9 1/2 feet longer than a typical full-size SUV. The Allegro Breeze GVWR is 21,500 pounds. The Allegro Breeze RV will begin appearing at Tiffin’s network of dealerships in the U.S. and Canada in June. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The MaxxForce 7 will be rear-mounted on Tiffin’s own PowerGlide chassis. Introduced in 2008, the PowerGlide chassis quickly became a popular option, offering one-stop service for Tiffin owners at dealerships and the Tiffin service facility. The PowerGlide chassis for the Allegro Breeze RV is newly designed on a coach-ready platform.
Tiffin Motor Homes received one of three prestigious Quality Circle Awards presented to Class A motorhome manufacturers this year for design, reliability, quality, value and competitive price. For additional information about Tiffin products and services, visit www.tiffinmotorhomes.com.
Navistar Engine Group, an operating unit of Navistar Inc., produces diesel engines for consumer and commercial automotive and industrial markets around the world. Its global MaxxForce brand line of engines offers models for a wide range of applications and for all global emissions standards. For more information, visit www.MaxxForce.com.
Navistar Engine Group, a global leader in diesel engine production, has created three regional business units to better focus on its expanding customer base around the world, according to a news release. The three units — North America, South America and Global — will be led by a team of Navistar veterans:
- Eric Tech becomes president, Navistar Engine Group, from vice president and general manager, leading the growth of this multi-national business.
- Andy Dondlinger becomes vice president and general manager of North American business operations, from general manager, Vee and Inline Business Units.
- Waldey Sanchez continues as president and CEO of Navistar’s South American engine operation, MWM-International.
- Jose Eduardo Luzzi, formerly director of sales and marketing for MWM-International, becomes vice president and general manager of Navistar’s Global Operations.
- David LaPalomento becomes vice president of Global Integration, from vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
- Jim Jesionowski becomes director, Global Manufacturing Engineering and Quality.
“This is a significant next step in achieving our vision to transform Navistar Engine Group into a thriving global business that will provide clean diesel solutions wherever there’s a need for power,” said Tech. The new business unit leaders report directly to him.
The reorganization supports a number of strategic business goals: Ensure the continued delivery of innovative MaxxForce brand engines to the North American on-highway marketplace, including MaxxForce Advanced EGR emissions technology for 2010 and beyond; grow in other automotive and industrial segments in NAFTA countries; partner with new OEM customers in established and emerging markets under Euro emissions regulations; create a global platform for continuous improvement in product quality, performance and fuel-efficiency; develop common quality and manufacturing processes across our multi-national engine operations and joint ventures; support Navistar Global Truck Group and Navistar Global Bus division in non-NAFTA growth areas.