Navistar, Inc. said Monday it has started customer shipments of its first International DuraStar vehicles with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine.
The first units were released from the company’s Escobedo, Mexico assembly plant.
“The addition of the ISB to our portfolio in early September was the driving factor in achieving, just weeks later, our best Class 6/7 order month in two years,” says Bill Kozek, Navistar president, North America Truck and Parts. “Today we have received orders for more than 4,500 DuraStar units, and with initial customers such as Budget Truck Rental, Idealease and Penske, we are poised to regain market share in the medium-duty segment.”
Navistar expects to deliver upwards of 500 ISB-powered trucks by month’s end.
Navistar is on track to being regular production of IC Bus CE Series school buses with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine in late-January 2014. To date, the company has received more than 6,000 orders for medium-duty trucks and school buses with the ISB engine.