Volvo drops D16 engine in North America

Move sees Mack MP10 and Titan prime mover cancelled

Volvo drops D16 engine in North America
The D16 engine


Volvo Trucks North America has blamed a lack of demand and "operating requirements" for the demise of the heavy-haulage focused D16 engine in the region.

Caught up is the region’s Mack Titan prime mover and D16-based MP10 engine, though the move will reportedly leave the D11, D13 and Cummins X15 engines unaffected.

Canning the 550-625hp (410-466kW) D16 was not on the radar 10 months ago, when Volvo was unveiling its 2017 North American engine updates.

At that time, production for this year’s iteration was due this month.

US publication Fleetowner quoted a local Volvo spokesman as saying "limited market demand for this engine displacement and the long-term investment that would be required to maintain the D16 for the unique operating requirements of the North American market" were behind the decision.

Long-haul operators were also being attracted to the D13 engine’s fuel efficiency.

For Mack, the Titan’s work could already be handled by the Granite and Pinnacle models.

A Volvo spokesman tells ATN there will be no Australian impact from the decison.

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