LISLE, Ill. — Navistar claimed it will be increasing its production rates at its heavy truck plant in Escobedo, Mexico for the second half of the year.
Navistar estimated that the Escobedo plant will increase its average daily production rate by 24 percent with this change.
“Clearly, we’re seeing some positive trends in the industry, but more importantly, we’re seeing good customer response to our product offerings in the market,” commented Jack Allen, Navistar COO. “As a result, we’re increasing our second-half production rates at two of our vehicle manufacturing operations.”
The company’s truck plant in Springfield, Ohio, will maintain its current production rate.
“In the Class 8 market, we have a complete portfolio of products that deliver the uptime, fuel economy and driver satisfaction our customers demand,” Allen continued. “We’re seeing strong interest from customers for the Cummins ISB engine in our medium-duty trucks and school buses. And, there’s great anticipation for our vocational truck products powered by our 9-litre and 10-litre engines that will launch this summer with SCR emissions technology. With these product offerings, we’re seeing some positive momentum in our truck and bus orders and have an order backlog 80 percent higher than this time last year.