Nav­is­tar ‘won’t drop Cum­mins’

Motor Equipment News - - DIESEL INDUSTRY NEWS -

Navbis­tar is not plan­ning to drop Cum­mins diesels from its lineup any time in the fu­ture, says Nav­is­tar man­age­ment, re­spond­ing to what was prob­a­bly a “throw away” line at the re­cent an­nounce­ment of the com­pany’s new al­liance with the Volk­swa­gen Group.

“We have no plans to dis­place Cum­mins as an engine sup­plier,” Nav­is­tar pres­i­dent and CEO Troy Clarke said dur­ing Nav­is­tar’s third-quar­ter earn­ings con­fer­ence call.

The re­trac­tion fol­lows a sug­ges­tion ear­lier in the week from Clarke that a Volk­swa­gen-based pow­er­train could be avail­able by 2019, an “il­lus­tra­tive” time­frame that’s “not to­mor­row, but not well into next decade.”

“We have no plans to dis­place Cum­mins en­gines be­tween now and the 2019 date that, quite frankly, I wish we hadn’t said, be­cause there’s not as much sub­stance be­hind that as a lot of peo­ple seem to con­sider,” Clarke said, in re­sponse to nu­mer­ous ques­tions from in­vest­ment an­a­lysts.

“Cum­mins is an im­por­tant part­ner for us and they’re help­ing us cre­ate out­stand­ing ve­hi­cles that are get­ting a lot of trac­tion in the mar­ket. We’re in­clud­ing their prod­uct in all of the new prod­uct launches that will take place over the next 18 months.”

Cum­mins pow­ers more than 80 per­cent of the com­pany’s ve­hi­cles and ul­ti­mately, he added, the cus­tomer will con­tinue to make the de­ci­sion on pow­er­train op­tions.

He re­stated his ear­lier po­si­tion that the Volk­swa­gen al­liance is in a very early phase, and only now that the deal has been an­nounced can the two com­pa­nies be­gin “to work to­gether to fig­ure out what we’re go­ing to do when.”

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