MAN developing US truck diesel

Low-emission engine for Navistar made in Germany

Munich, Germany. A new U.S.-bound truck diesel engine from a joint venture between MAN and Navistar International is being developed in Nuremburg, Germany.

Series production is scheduled to start by 2007 of the low-emission unit, based on the MAN D20 engine. It will be fitted only to Navistar trucks in the U.S. market, said MAN boss Anton Weinmann.

Weinmann said MAN is benefiting from the knowledge gained in developing the diesel, and by cost advantages through buying higher volumes of components common to both the D20 and the new unit.

In 2004, the truck division of MAN delivered a profit of 342 million euros before interest and tax, 139 million euros more than the previous year. Incoming orders were up 12 percent to approximately 7.6 billion euros. Weinmann expects 2005 to improve on those numbers.

A 1.6 billion-euro order from the British Ministry of Defence, for 5,000 army trucks, will boost the bottom line in 2005. "The contract is currently being negotiated and should be finalized in two months," Weinmann said.

MAN also is restructuring its dealer network, which will centralize back-office functions, and also is developing a new logistics and spare parts system designed to react faster to customers' demands, he said.

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