No Cat engine in 2010, but look for a Cat truck

| Thursday, June 12, 2008

Caterpillar Inc. won’t be rolling out a 2010 compliant engine. Instead, look for a Cat-branded truck thanks to a new agreement with Navistar International Corp.

Caterpillar and Navistar officials announced Thursday, June 12, that the companies signed an agreement to collaborate in on-highway truck and engine business.

In a press release, Caterpillar officials also announced their company would not supply EPA 2010-compliant engines to truck and other on-highway original equipment manufacturers.

The pair of companies will focus on global truck opportunities and more specifically on severe service construction trucks in North America.

Through the alliance, Cat officials said they plan a 2010 introduction of a North American Cat branded heavy-duty truck for severe service applications, such as road construction, large infrastructure projects and oil and petroleum development.

“This new truck – targeted for 2010 – will incorporate the legendary quality of Caterpillar’s construction and mining machines and provide construction customers a one-stop solution,” said Douglas R. Oberhelman, Caterpillar Group president.

While Caterpillar won’t be coming out with a 2010-compliant engine, Caterpillar and Navistar plan to cooperate on development of mid-range engines, incorporating technology from both companies.

Company officials from Caterpillar and Navistar also plan to expand their existing remanufacturing agreement to include Navistar’s recently introduced MaxxForce on-highway engines.

Caterpillar dealers will also continue to provide product support and service beyond 2010 for all Caterpillar on-highway engines regardless of truck brand.

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