31 October 2006

International Truck and Engine Corporation will build its new Class 8 “big-bore” diesel engines—which have been developed in cooperation with Germany’s MAN—at a new assembly plant in Huntsville, AL.

Full production at Huntsville will begin in Spring 2008. Initial engines will be partially assembled in Germany and finished and trimmed in Huntsville and will be available beginning in fall 2007. More than 175 employees are expected to work at the new facility.

The new facility will be an assembly only operation. Core engine components will be sourced globally from suppliers and shipped to the plant.

Branded MaxxForce 11 and MaxxForce 13, the engines feature an inline 6-cylinder big-bore design in the 11-to 13-liter displacement class. The engines will serve the Class 8 truck market, which is the largest commercial truck segment in North America.

The International big-bore class of engines will be offered exclusively in International ProStar line-haul tractors, International 8600 regional-haul tractors and International 7000 Series severe service trucks.

International’s current Huntsville plant—International Diesel of Alabama, LCC—produces engines for International trucks, as well as Ford trucks and vans.

Beginning in January, MaxxForce will become the signature brand of International’s family of global on-highway commercial truck engines.

Source: International