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Gemini Motor Transport, a nationwide fuel motor carrier and part of the Love's Family of Companies, recently took delivery of its first LT Series powered by the S13 Integrated Powertrain, which was assembled at Navistar's Escobedo Assembly Plant in Mexico.

Navistar delivers first International S13 Integrated-Powertrain equipped LT Series to several fleets

Feb. 29, 2024
Gemini Motor Transport, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, and Paschall Truck Lines were among the first to receive an International LT Series-equipped with the International S13 Integrated Powertrain from Navistar.

Navistar recently announced the first deliveries of the International LT Series equipped with the International S13 Integrated Powertrain to several key fleet customers, including Gemini Motor Transport, Saddle Creek Logistics Services, and Paschall Truck Lines.

The S13 Integrated Powertrain is the company's most fuel-efficient powertrain and marks the final generation of internal combustion products Navistar will develop amid the transition to zero emissions. According to the company, the S13 Integrated Powertrain simplifies service, boosts operating efficiency, reduces operating costs, and provides greater performance and profitability for fleets.  

"Navistar is thrilled to have handed off the first S13 Integrated Powertrain units," Chet Ciesielski, VP of on-highway heavy-duty truck business at Navistar, said. "Whether our customers are looking to reach maximum fuel efficiency or integrate comprehensive ownership solutions, the S13 Integrated Powertrain is a step toward achieving their goals."

Simplicity and serviceability

Gemini Motor Transport, a nationwide fuel motor carrier and part of the Love's Family of Companies, recently received its first LT Series powered by the S13 Integrated Powertrain, which was assembled at Navistar's Escobedo Assembly Plant in Mexico.

"We are thrilled to be the first fleet to receive the S13 Integrated Powertrain, which is the lightest 13-liter powertrain in the market," Brent Bergevin, EVP of transportation at Love's, said. "With fewer subcomponents, low friction materials, and predictive capabilities through Navistar's OnCommand Connection, this best-in-class powertrain will support Love's and Gemini's commitment to leading the trucking industry and the safety of our drivers and customers.”

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Operating economy

The design of the S13 Integrated delivers advanced fuel economy and performance through combustion efficiency and a reduction of friction and pumping losses. This equates to a more fuel-efficient engine with fewer greenhouse gas emissions—making the S13 Integrated Powertrain one of the most efficient powertrains for the North American market.

Saddle Creek Logistics Services, a supply chain solutions company, took delivery of its first LT Series equipped with the S13 Integrated Powertrain, one of several Saddle Creek is adding to its fleet.

"Saddle Creek prides itself on being dependable and flexible, as these are key aspects of our culture and points of differentiation for our brand," John Erwin, SVP of transportation at Saddle Creek Logistics Services, said. "When I talk to our drivers, they tell me they enjoy the experience delivered by the S13 Integrated Powertrain. We're confident the S13 Integrated Powertrain will help us control supply chain costs, improve our service to clients through reduced downtime, and expand our distribution network without raising costs."

Performance

Paschall Truck Lines, an employee-owned dry-van freight carrier, tested an LT Series sleeper tractor equipped with the S13 Integrated Powertrain last fall and is currently in the process of taking delivery. 

"During our time with the S13 unit, we experienced very strong fuel economy, a good driver experience, and 100% equipment uptime," Vic Norris, VP of fleet maintenance at Paschall Truck Lines, said.

To help meet evolving customer needs, Navistar has added captive finance solutions to support new products and business models and provide customers with customized financial services and competitive loan and lease options.

"We aim to have our customers covered at every level, from purchase to maintenance, and provide them a seamless experience to coincide with a top-tier product," Ciesielski said. "We look forward to receiving their feedback on the performance of the S13 Integrated in driving continual improvements."

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