LOUISVILLE, KY — International Truck and Engine Corp. offered the first look at its new International brand big bore diesel engine at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show. The fully emissions compliant engine, in the 11- to 13-liter range, is projected to debut in International Class 8 vehicles in Fall 2007.
“With this introduction, Class 8 customers gain a valuable alternative from an integrated truck and engine company,” said Jack Allen, president, International Engine Group, at a press conference at the International booth. “It will be specifically engineered to integrate leading diesel technologies with cab, chassis and systems innovations, all backed by the industry’s largest dealer, service and parts network.”
Allen stressed that the new engine is a “true big bore platform,” a full step up in size and power from International’s leading mid-range diesels. “The International big bore powertrain will command attention and respect as we deliver a new choice for Class 8 customers that meets their demands for fuel economy, reliability, uptime, durability, robust performance and an exceptional driver experience.”
This engine launch is part of a previously announced strategic agreement between International and MAN Nutfahrzeuge to collaborate on design, development, sourcing and manufacturing of components and systems for commercial trucks and diesel engines. Together, MAN and International have more than 180 years of diesel engine experience, going all the way back to when Rudolf Diesel developed the first diesel engine at MAN in 1893.
The new International big bore engines will be offered exclusively in International brand severe service trucks, regional haul tractors and long haul tractors. The company also will continue to offer Cummins and Caterpillar big bore engines in International Class 8 vehicles.