Events Provided Opportunity for Customers to Experience New International A26 Engine
December 1, 2017 – Summit Truck Group is one of a select number of International dealers hosting stops on a mobile training tour to provide customers an opportunity to experience firsthand the new International® A26 engine. Two 2018 International LT™ Series trucks, equipped with the International A26 12.4L engine, are traveling to over 100 International Truck dealership locations for the tour, including Summit Truck Group of Springfield and Kansas City, Missouri, this week. In all, the A26 tour will visit 6 Summit locations. Each A26 event is provided for Class 8 customers, preceded by a Summit sales team engine disassembly and component identification training session.
The A26 was built on the MAN® D26 engine platform, then perfected for the North American market. Every component of the A26 engine was engineered to maximize uptime. Not only is the A26 the lightest engine in its class, it is packed with noise-reducing features and engineered to deliver up to 5% greater fuel economy, and incorporates a dry deck design, which eliminates leak sources. Currently, no other North American engine manufacturer offers a dry deck design.
The A26 engine was tested beyond ordinary limits, not only through hundreds of thousands of hours of “key life” and dyno tests in the lab, but also with millions of miles in a reliability test fleet over the harshest North American roads, including development and validation testing for vehicle performance, cold temperature extremes, high altitudes, after-treatment development, and on-board diagnostics.
“Since its introduction, the International A26 engine has continued to impress with its outstanding fuel economy and light weight, while providing the highest level of uptime for our customers,” said Michael Cancelliere, President, Navistar Truck & Parts. “We are excited for our dealers and customers to learn just how impressive this engine is firsthand.”
Steve Dupuis, Summit’s Chief Operating Officer, notes that, “Through the A26 tour, we met with small groups of customers to provide in-depth reviews of the A26. We want our customers to have as much confidence in the A26 engine as Navistar and Summit do. The A26 tour was designed to allow our sales team to focus their attention on our Class 8 customers who have not been introduced to the A26 engine before.”
Summit Truck Group provided an A26 demo unit to customers to test in normal operations. These demo customers reported achieving an average fuel economy of 8.6 mpg on the International LT Series truck with an A26 engine, with over 13,000 miles of operations.
Navistar’s A26 engine tour continues on into early 2018, and picks up at Summit Truck Group’s Tulsa OK, Little Rock AR, Oklahoma City OK, and Memphis TN locations in March 2018.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.