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May 19, 2014 11:40 AM, EDT
Navistar, Swift Set Test Program to Boost Fuel Economy

Navistar Inc. and Swift Transportation Co. announced a joint pilot program designed to maximize trucks’ fuel economy.

Navistar developed a specification for its International ProStar tractor that Swift will test, pairing the ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 and the Eaton Cummins Smart Advantage automated manual transmission.

“We feel the marriage of automated transmissions with complimentary engine parameters will generate optimal fuel economy performance while also helping retain drivers,” said Bert Kinsel, Swift’s vice president of heavy equipment.

“Combined with truck aerodynamics, this should prove to be a winning combination,” he said in a statement.

“Our testing shows this truck configuration provides outstanding fuel economy performance, and we are confident Swift Transportation will experience the same benefits we have observed,” said Bill Kozek, Navistar’s president of North American truck and parts.

Swift Transportation is ranked No. 7 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.