Cummins ISG Diesel Debuts In Foton Truck
Beiqi Foton Motor Co. Ltd. (Foton), one of China’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, introduced a new truck model powered by the new Cummins ISG diesel engine (see February 2014 Diesel Progress) at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Ind. The G Series will initially be manufactured at the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co. (BFCEC) 50-50 joint venture between Cummins and Foton.
The newly launched Foton Daimler Auman GTL Super Power truck will be manufactured in Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co. Ltd. (BFDA), a 50-50 joint venture between Foton and Daimler, is expected to significantly improve customer experience with fuel economy, safety, reliability, driveability and total cost of ownership.
“The joint venture between Foton and Cummins successfully introduced the Cummins ISF light-duty engine platform in 2008, which has grown to be a leading power in the light-duty commercial vehicle market,” said Wang Jinyu, general manager – Foton. “Today, with Foton’s deep knowledge of truck customers, Foton and Cummins have worked together to synchronize the development of Cummins ISG engine and the new GTL Super Power truck for best integration.
“We aim at setting a new benchmark in the high-end heavy-duty truck market through breakthrough technologies. The result is improved customer experience. Through joint-venture cooperation with Cummins and Daimler, respectively, and by leveraging the complementary strengths of Cummins, Foton and Daimler, we are able to provide customers the values and benefits they care about most.”
The ISG heavy-duty engine platform is an in-line six-cylinder engine and is available in 11 and 12 L models to meet a broad variety of global market requirements and emissions standards. The cooperation between Cummins and Foton on the ISG engine project started as early as 2010.
During the launch event, Cummins and BFCEC also signed a development contract to bring the engine to off-highway Tier 4 final and on-highway Euro 6 standards.
“The application of ISG engine will create the foundation for us to expand the width and depth in China’s truck market – one of the largest in the world – and where robust demand will continue to drive growth as China is implementing tougher emissions standards for environmental and sustainable benefits,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins vice president and president of Engine Business. “The cooperation on ISG once again demonstrates our shared commitment to the environment. That commitment has resulted in us creating a product line that will not only please our customers, but will further cement our commitment to ensuring that everything we do leads to a cleaner environment.”