Caterpillar, Navistar take to the road together

  • 07-Apr-2009 12:47 EDT

Caterpillar and Navistar International Corp. have formed a strategic alliance to produce Cat heavy-duty vocational trucks for North America. Cat and Navistar have already started the co-development of the new line of trucks, which will be manufactured in Navistar's Garland, TX facility and be sold and serviced through the Cat North American Dealer network. The Cat on-highway vocational trucks will be unveiled in late 2010 and will go into full production in early 2011. The trucks will feature key Cat proprietary components and technology and will target customers operating in vocational applications such as earthmoving, quarry, waste, mining, general and heavy construction, logging, and road construction. Cat expects the trucks to eventually be sold outside of NA as well. The companies also announced a 50/50 joint venture for global commercial truck opportunities outside of NA and India. The JV, to be called NC2 Global LLC, will develop, manufacture, and distribute commercial trucks for markets that will be assessed individually, with initial focus being Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey. It is anticipated that the portfolio of products will feature both conventional and cab-over designs and will be sold under both the Cat and International brands, which will be visually differentiated both internally and externally. The first products are expected to be available as early as the third quarter of 2009.

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