Navistar Inc. and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) today announced their plan for the Engine China trade show in Beijing, including an introduction to the dedicated personnel and technical expertise the companies plan to bring to their proposed joint venture to develop advanced commercial diesel engines in China. Engine China runs October 8-10.
The engine joint venture will focus on meeting emerging needs of the Chinese commercial truck market with its MaxxForce® line of Euro IV- and Euro V-compliant engines designed to provide JAC customers with durable and fuel-efficient clean air technology. The MaxxForce engines would be engineered and built in China.
“Rather than simply import western technology, this venture will be run and staffed by people who were born, educated and gained extensive business experience in China,” said Rudi von Meister, president, Navistar China, based in Hefei, Anhui Province. “Deep understanding of the market will allow us to develop and deliver power that first and foremost suits customers in China.”
Key leaders of the engineering and development team include Dr. Jim Yan and Ning Lei. Yan, vice president, Navistar China research and product development, has more than 30 years of powertrain and commercial vehicle experience. Lei, a 23-year Navistar veteran, was recently named Technical Fellow for global powertrain product development. Both were born and raised in China, hold engineering degrees from China’s Dalian University of Technology, and earned multiple advanced science and business degrees from U.S. universities.
Von Meister has more than 25 years of automotive and commercial vehicle industry experience, with a predominant focus on the China market. His has held key positions with General Motors, Delphi China, the SAIC-GM Shanghai vehicle assembly joint venture, Iveco’s China truck operation, and Fiat Group’s China ventures.
“In keeping with our customer focus, Navistar is committed to developing advanced air, fuel and aftertreatment technologies that meet the demands of the Chinese market for clean, capable and efficient diesel engines,” said von Meister.
The products slated for the Chinese market include the new MaxxForce 3.2H and MaxxForce 4.8H. The former offers up to 125 kW power and 550 Nm torque. The latter offers up to 162 kW power and 920 Nm torque. Both provide low noise, fuel-efficient operation.
A 2010 framework agreement outlines the potential 50/50 ownership arrangement between Navistar, a leading U.S.-based maker of commercial vehicles, motorcoaches and diesel engines, and JAC, a leading China-based maker of commercial and consumer vehicles and engines. The JV would establish a research and design center in China's Anhui Province for application engineering development, product design and technology advancements. Diesel engines produced by the new venture would primarily be used in on-highway commercial trucks.
“This collaborative venture would bring together the resources of two leaders in the global diesel engine business, and would yield outstanding power plants for commercial truck owners throughout China,” said von Meister. “We have learned much from our JAC partners and, together, we look forward to putting our combined strengths toward offering customers unmatched performance and efficiency.”
Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC) is principally engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of sport recreational vehicles, passenger cars, commercial vehicles and related parts. The company offers business vehicles under the Refine brand name, light and heavy trucks, sports recreation vehicles (SRVs) under the brand name of Rein, carriage chassis and cars.