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| March 25, 2009

Navistar to unveil its 15-liter engine

Navistar International Corp.’s 15-liter Big Bore MaxxForce engine for 2010 will be announced March 18 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Because Navistar remains the only heavy-duty engine maker not employing selective catalytic reduction technology to meet 2010 emissions standards, the company will not use Cummins SCR engines in the United States to meet 2010 emissions requirements, says Navistar spokesman Roy Wiley. Cummins officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The 15-liter MaxxForce will use exhaust gas recirculation to meet the 2010 standards.
Wiley would not confirm published but unattributed reports that the engine will be based on a Caterpillar C15 foundation. He said the company would not comment on “speculation” prior to the announcement in Louisville.

During a Jan. 22 meeting with investment analysts at the company’s Melrose Park Engine Facility, Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American Truck Group, said the new engine “will be consistent with our strategy of platform scale, of leveraging the assets we have, leveraging the assets our partners have, and we’re going to bring a world-class engine to the market in a very short period.”

The reference to leveraging partners’ assets bolsters the notion that the MaxxForce 15 might combine technologies from the two companies. In June, Caterpillar said it will leave the North American Class 8 truck engine market by 2010, but will continue a severe-duty truck and engine partnership with Navistar. Caterpillar officials did not respond to requests for comment about the new Navistar engine.

Agency urges fatigue reduction plans
In response to a tractor-trailer rollover that triggered a collision with a motorcoach, the National Transportation Safety Board repeated safety recommendations [made Sept. 16, 2008] to deal with fatigue in commercial drivers.

NTSB wrote to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recommending that:

· FMCSA implement a plan to deploy technologies in commercial vehicles to reduce fatigue-related accidents;
· FMCSA use a method that will assess the effectiveness of the fatigue management plans implemented by motor carriers, including their ability to improve sleep and alertness, mitigate performance errors, and prevent incidents and accidents;
· NHTSA determine whether equipping commercial vehicles with collision warning systems with active braking and electronic stability control systems will reduce accidents and to require their use on commercial vehicles if they are found effective.

NTSB also reiterated its recommendation that NHTSA determine rules on adaptive cruise control and collision warning system performance standards for new commercial vehicles.

Those standards should address obstacle detection distance, timing of alerts, and human factor guidelines, such as the mode and type of warning. An FMCSA spokesman said he had no comment about the NTSB letter.

Back On The Road winner to be named
A truck, a job and a new beginning await the winner of Arrow’s Back On The Road 2009 campaign, presented by Volvo Trucks North America. The winner’s journey begins March 20 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., with the announcement by Arrow Truck Sales, which is part of the Volvo Group.

Country music star Aaron Tippin, radio personality Bill Mack from Sirius XM Radio and Back On The Road 2008 winner Don Turkelson will join Arrow for the event. The winner will receive a 2006 Volvo VNL 670, courtesy of Volvo Trucks North America, and a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express.

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