Navistar plans to introduce an all-new integrated powertrain to the North American market, and it’s preparing its powertrain manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama, to build it.
Navistar broke ground on a 110,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Huntsville plant in February 2020 with an initial $125 million investment. An additional $65 million has since been contributed to a total capital investment of more than $190 million in the plant to accommodate increased manufacturing capabilities.
The integrated powertrain is part of a Traton Group collaborative development program, which will be a global demonstration of the group’s common modular system for trucks and buses. A group-wide modular system enables efficient cross-brand development and production, while still allowing for regional adaptation and validation of the integrated powertrain for the North American market, Navistar officials said in a press release.
Navistar collaborated with Traton Group brands for more than five years on the development of the integrated powertrain. Additionally, Navistar has committed thousands of hours of research and development, and test miles to the validation of the integrated powertrain for the North American market.
In preparation for the North American market introduction, Navistar will utilize fleet evaluation units to collect data and real-world input with direct customer feedback from U.S. and Canadian customers.
More details about Navistar's integrated powertrain strategy will be shared in late summer, according to a Navistar spokesperson.