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Navistar stops engine production

Navistar has announced that it will cease all engine production at one of its plants due to low volume.

The Melrose Park facility in Illinois, US, will be transformed into a testing and validation technical centre, no longer producing the nine- and 10-litre engines that were used in the International medium-duty range.

"Ceasing production of engines at Melrose Park is a difficult decision, but represents another important step on our journey to strengthening the company's competitiveness," said Persio Lisboa, Navistar Chief Operating Officer.

"Our N9/10 engine family was updated in 2014 and since then has served as a competitive niche offering for specific medium-duty vehicles. As we approach future regulatory requirements, the low volume nature of the platform could not justify further product development investments on it."

In 2013, Navistar reintroduced the option of a six-litre Cummins engine for its medium-duty vehicles, followed in 2016 by a nine-litre Cummins engine option, both of which have been well received by customers.

All of the engines Navistar and its partners manufacture for the US market will continue to be built in America. The Cummins engines that are used in the medium-duty segment are manufactured in Indiana and North Carolina, while Navistar's big bore engine plant, which makes engines for Navistar's Class 8 trucks, is in Alabama.

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