The move will free up capacity at the plant for production of other models. Navistar currently only produces four COEs per day at Springfield.
“Since 1988, the cabover segment of the heavy truck industry has declined by approximately 90%,” says Steve Keate, vice president and general manager, heavy duty vehicle center. “Exiting the 9800 model in North America will allow us to focus our resources on products that our customers demand.”
The company will continue to produce the 9800 for export markets at its factory in Brazil, where there is strong market demand.