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International announces new global engine brand

INTERNATIONAL Truck and Engine Corporation unveiled a new global brand for its 2007 on-highway engines during the 2006 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Beginning in 2007, International will offer its expanded line of on-highway engines under the MaxxForce International Diesel Power brand.

The MaxxForce product line will range from a four-cylinder 2.8-liter engine up to the company's new offerings in the 11- to 13-liter classes. Horsepower ratings still have not been announced for the new 11- and 13-liter engines.

MaxxForce engine-powered International brand commercial trucks in North America will offer proven air- and fuel-management technologies and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems with the addition of advanced aftertreatment systems.

“Smart truck buyers recognize the impact that a power train has on vehicle performance and economics, and by branding our engines we focus attention on the quality, performance and customer experience that our company delivers,” said Jack Allen, International Engine Group president. “The MaxxForce brand makes clear our promise that our customers get the best performing diesel with the best performing organization behind it.”

The global MaxxForce line of diesels includes models for markets under European environmental regulations as well as models for stricter US Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The International Engine Group is expanding its engine product offerings with the addition of the new 11- and 13-liter big bore products developed in collaboration with MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, headquartered in Germany, and with the recent acquisition and formation of MWM-International in South America.

MaxxForce engines for the North American market will be made at International Engine Group's North American facilities, and MaxxForce engines for other global markets will be made at facilities of its South American subsidiary, MWM-International Motores. These facilities currently include engineering, manufacturing and technical centers in Melrose Park, Illinois; Huntsville, Alabama; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. MWM-International also will continue to serve South American and global industrial, agricultural and marine markets with the following product brands: Sprint Series, Acteon Series, NGD Series, 10 Series, 229 Series and MS Series.

MaxxForce engines will be broadly available beginning with the company's 2007 model-year Class 3 through Class 8 International commercial trucks, backed by the existing International dealer service network with 900 locations in North America and dealers in 48 countries around the globe. A Euro-emission based MaxxForce engine also will be available in Mexico in 2006 for bus applications.

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