LISLE, Ill. -- Navistar International got a much-needed boost last month, securing orders for 5,900 Classes 6-8 trucks in September.
That marked the company’s best month since December 2011. The order intake included 2,100 medium-duty trucks with the recently added Cummins ISB 6.7-litre engine.
Navistar will begin delivering DuraStar trucks with the ISB in December 2013.
“September orders marked Navistar’s highest monthly order intake for Class 6/7 vehicles in almost two years, which strengthens our belief that the ISB will be the catalyst for improving our medium-duty business,” said Bill Kozek, Navistar president, North America Truck and Parts. “Many of our customers asked us to add the ISB to our lineup, and we listened. With more than 2,100 orders in the first 30 days, we’re optimistic this will be a winning combination in the marketplace.”
Navistar’s Class 6/7 share was estimated to be 31.7% in September, up from 18.8% in August.
“We are also pleased with our Class 8 order performance in September,” Kozek added. “For the last five months, we have seen a positive trend in orders, driven by our new product launches and quality improvements.”
Navistar said its Class 8 order share was estimated to be 17.4% in September, up from 16.6% in August. It has received more than 6,000 orders for the MaxxForce 13 engine with SCR since March 1 and more than 11,500 orders for the Cummins ISX since Dec. 1, 2012.