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International and VW Announce Joint Projects at NACV Show

When Volkswagen bought a 16 percent stake in Navistar one year ago, the companies announced plans to collaborate on future initiatives. On September 26, Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus announced specific joint projects at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Big Bore Engine

First, VW and Navistar intend to develop a new big bore 15-liter diesel engine for International trucks. International expects that the proprietary integrated powertrain will appear in its trucks by 2021. Troy Clarke, Navistar’s CEO, sees this as the ideal way to develop a new engine. He estimates the cost to develop a new engine platform can exceed $500 million, making a joint venture more cost-effective.

Connected Vehicle Systems Integration

Second, they intend to integrate Navistar’s OnCommand and VW’s global connected vehicle system. The process will begin with the development of a new hardware device in the cab. At present, VW has 300,000 connected vehicles around the world, while Navistar has 350,000 in North America. Eventually, the companies expect to have the largest global ecosystem in the world.

Medium-duty Electric Truck

Third, the two manufacturers will enter into a joint venture to develop a medium-duty electric truck. Clarke says, “We believe Class 6 and 7 vehicles is the ideal place for electric powertrain solutions as they typically run short distances and can return to a depot to recharge at the end of the day.” The companies expect to deliver a vehicle later in 2019 or early in 2020.

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