The South American subsidiary of Navistar International Corp. has begun manufacturing commercial trucks at the Navistar Industrial Complex in Canoas, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil. The new truck manufacturing facility can produce up to 5,000 trucks per year with the potential for expansion.
The Canoas facility already serves as a parts distribution center and produces diesel engines for MWM-International—a manufacturer of diesel engines from 2.8 to 13 liters for Latin America and other global markets.
“We’re seeing great success in Brazil with our MWM engine business and we remain committed to the future in Brazil as we begin our truck manufacturing operations in Canoas,” said Eric Tech, president, Navistar Global Truck and Engine. “Our Brazilian business is having a strong year and their success is an important part of the great progress we’re making in our company’s turnaround strategy,” Tech added. “While we remain focused on improving our core North American business, we continue to look for smart, strategic ways to invest in select global markets and our investment in Brazil is just one example of that approach.”
Navistar Engine Group is a leader in technology and development of diesel engines in Latin America. With more than 3.8 million engines produced in its 59-year history, the company has a complete line of advanced technology engines that meet the strictest emissions standards for pollutants.
During the last three years, Navistar has invested more than $200 million in Brazil on a number of important strategic initiatives, including manufacturing operations, research and development, an emissions change from EURO-III to EURO-V standards and new product launches for the Brazilian truck market.
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