Cummins has selected its Columbus (Indiana) Engine Plant (CEP) as the production facility for its new family of light-duty, clean-diesel engines, which the company plans to begin manufacturing by no later than 2010. (Earlier post.)
DaimlerChrysler will be the major customer for the engine, which will be designed to power vehicles below 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight for a number of automotive applications.
We will be manufacturing a great new product that will increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent or more [over comparable gasoline-powered vehicles], thus saving energy and making us less dependent on foreign oil. And, this light-duty diesel engine will provide Cummins with the opportunity to develop a completely new market with our industry-leading technology.—Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman and CEO
The concept for this product is the result of a nine-year partnership between Cummins and the US Department of Energy that has been developing an engine family with a 4.2-liter V6 and a 5.6-liter diesel V8 that will meet EPA Tier 2 and CARB LEV 2 emissions standards.