Huntsville, Alabama – Navistar Engine Group has celebrated the 75th anniversary of its first production diesel engine, and dedicated a facility in Alabama that will build its newest diesel engine family, the MaxxForce Big Bore. The company also highlighted its scope and reach, with engines ranging from 50 to 475 hp for on- and off-highway use, as well as agricultural, industrial, defense and stationary power applications, and plans for global expansion.
“This milestone is about much more than an anniversary,” said Dan Ustian, Navistar president and CEO. “This is about our scientists, designers, engineers and manufacturing personnel around the world, who for decades have been responsible for the performance and quality that made reaching this point possible.”
In 1933 Navistar, then International Harvester, launched its first production diesel, a 50-hp four-cylinder engine for stationary and agricultural applications. Significant milestones during the company’s history include the introduction of the DT 466, the Ford Power Stroke Diesel, the first smokeless diesel engine, and the Green Diesel Technology platform, which led the way for today’s advanced clean diesel technologies.
The company has made 15 million engines and commands 42 per cent of the midrange diesel engine market, and 64 per cent of the school bus engine market in North America. Its customers include Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo and Land Rover.