Navistar Exits Loose Engines Business—Fewer Choices for Fire Apparatus

Although the company hasn’t made a public announcement regarding its loose engines business, Navistar manager of communications, Elissa Maurer, confirms that the company is exiting the loose engines business.

The move is part of Navistar’s Drive to Deliver Turnaround Plan, through which the comapny looks at its core North American busienss and evaluates the return on investment capital (ROIC) of each area.

For the fire service, this means there are fewer engine manufacturers to choose from when specing out an apparatus. Currently, Pierce has an exclusive arrangement with Detroit Diesel, leaving the departments one choice—Cummins— for engines on their apparatus.

Cummins recently unveiled its engine line for 2013 at the 2013 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Cummins is offering customers a complete range of clean-diesel engines from 260 hp to 600 hp (194-447 kW), including the ISX15, ISX12, ISL9 and ISB6.7 engines.

Commercial chassis manufactured by Navistar will continue to offer Maxxforce engines as options, so departments that spec out commercial chassis for their apparatus will still have access to Maxxforce engines by going that route.

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