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AGCO's new MT Challengers include the row crop Challenger MT 755 (above left) and Flagship power house MT 865 (above right) rating at 500hp

In the biggest surprise of 2001 AGCO will immediately begin assembly of four models of the newly announced MT700 series of Challenger tractors. Caterpillar  and AGCO  signed an agreement for AGCO, a Georgia-based agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributor, to acquire the design, assembly and marketing of the new MT Series of Caterpillar's Challenger high-tech farm tractors. It also calls for Caterpillar to be a long-term supplier of high-horsepower (220-500 hp) diesel engines, drivetrains, and other major components, including the patented Mobil-trac system, with its rubber tracks that enable more efficient utilization of engine power with less soil compaction. This agreement also includes future MT Series tractors such as the 220hp to 500 hp MT800 series.

Under the agreement  In addition, AGCO will provide Caterpillar dealers with additional products that will broaden their equipment offerings and enhance their competitive position in the agricultural equipment market. According to AGCO's webcast  announcement of the Challenger purchase it is possible there could be yellow Challenger balers made by the Hesston Hay and Forage division, yellow Challenger corn planters based from the White line or yellow Challenger combines based from the Gleaner combine with the Mobil-trac system.

Caterpillar and Claas have worked together on two joint ventures. Caterpillar provides Claas with Challenger tractors that are painted in the Claas green and white livery to be sold in Europe. Claas provides Caterpillar with it Lexion combine line for North American sales. Now that AGCO has purchased the Challenger MT Tractors Claas will either have to purchase Challenger tractors from AGCO or develop a new plan. The AGCO purchase has no bearing on the Lexion combine line. Should Claas depart from its interest in marketing the Challenger in Europe it is possible that a FENDT Challenger tractor could be sold across Europe.

This latest agricultural equipment merger will also bring changes to the farm toy market.  Norscott has produced the 1/64  Caterpillar 85D and 75E Challengers. Norscott also produces the 1/64 Lexion 485 Combine. Scale Models produces the 1/16 AGCO DT225, RT145 and Fendt Vario 716. Ertl produced 1/64 AGCO-Allis and White models. The question is now who will AGCO choose to produce models of its new MT Challenger series.

The future is bright for AGCO after the challenger acquisition.  Will we see AGCO or Massey Ferguson Challengers tractors? Below are the possibilities of future AGCO Challenger products.

This orange MT series Challenger is an artists concept of a future AGCO product and not associated with any current AGCO plans or products.

The Massey Ferguson on Tracks was displayed in Germany in 1999 by AGCO. Now that the Caterpillar line is part of AGCO this project is most likely part of the history books.

                 AGCO Challenger Series                                   AGCO ST Compact Challenger                      

AGCO RT Challenger

8780 XP Challenger Combine                                    AGCO Challenger Self Propelled Disc Swather 

AGCO Challenger Round Baler







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