It’s the end of the line for the Volvo D16 and Mack MP10 engine in the American market with both manufacturers announcing the withdrawal of the engine from the product line up, with each company citing “diminishing demand” as the reason for the cancellation.
Introduced into the U.S. in 2005, the D16 offered displacement of 550 to 625 hp – mainly at heavy haul applications. Similarly, Mack Trucks, will no longer be offering its large displacement MP10 engine, which is based on the D16. Mack is also discontinuing sales of its Titan heavy haul prime mover as well.
“The decision to withdraw the D16 and MP10 16 litre is the result of 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,” a spokesperson for Volvo Trucks said.
The D16 engine was available in Volvo’s VNL and VNX models. The VNL will continue to be available with the Volvo D11, D13 and Cummins X15 engines, while production of the VNX – introduced in 2013 – will be placed “on hold” though it will remain in Volvo’s product lineup for now.
The company is currently evaluating solutions that will allow it to offer it in the future. In the interim, it intends to offer an ‘X-package’ for the VNL model, providing the ride height and heavy-haul attributes of the VNX with either the Volvo D13 or Cummins X15 engine,” the spokesperson added.
Sources within the industry suggest that the engineering development costs necessary to calibrate both the D16 and MP10 engines for full Euro 6 emissions compliance will be too expensive to justify keeping either engine in the European product range, resulting in their withdrawal from global sales for sophisticated markets by the close of 2017 or early 2018. This would leave both Volvo and Mack dependent on their 13-litre engine range for most configurations, augmented by the availability of the Cummins X15 engine option.