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Cummins Diesel For New Nissan Titan Pickup

Posted on August 20, 2013

Nissan announced that it will offer a newly-developed Cummins turbocharged diesel in its next-generation Titan full-size pickup. Now in the latter stages of development and testing, the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, badged the ISV5.0, has been optimized for the new Titan as a result of the partnership between Cummins and Nissan.

Citing competitive reasons, Nissan is not announcing launch dates at this stage in the truck’s development. Engineering prototype trucks powered by the Cummins engine are currently undergoing extensive on-public-highway performance and durability testing, Nissan said.

“Truck owners told us there’s a demand for the performance and torque of a diesel in a capable truck that doesn’t require the jump up to a heavy-duty commercial pickup,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts, Nissan North America. “There is no question that the new Titan will turn heads, and with the available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, we expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration.”

The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant, in Columbus, Ind. The facility dates back to the 1920s and was originally built around a two-story Civil War era house purchased by Cummins co-founders Clessie Cummins and W.G. Irwin.

"This is an exciting announcement for our Cummins team," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. "We are bringing our innovation and latest technology in engines and aftertreatment products to a new segment of customers. Importantly, this will help us grow our own business as well as allow us to help an important new partner, Nissan, succeed in the market."

The new engine will have a torque rating in the mid-500s (lb. ft.) and ratings to exceed 300 hp, Cummins said. The company said it is also developing a version of the engine for commercial vehicle customers.

“The innovative and lightweight design of the 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel is a perfect fit for the customer who wants V8 performance with diesel efficiency,” said Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Cummins’ pickup truck business. “It broadens Cummins’ range of products and provides a new clean diesel option for our customers.”

Cummins first announced it was building a light-duty diesel engine at CEP in 2006 but a global economic downturn delayed the project. Caldwell said the V8 team continued making refinements to the engine during the downturn, then began to incorporate specific customer needs once an agreement was reached with Nissan. The V8 program is planning to add to its 300 person workforce over the next several years and at maturity expects to employ approximately 800 workers.

“We are very excited to partner with Nissan on the introduction of the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel to the North American pickup truck market,” said Dave Crompton, vice president, Cummins Engine Business. “This new engine will offer the right balance of power, performance and fuel economy while delivering the dependability that customers expect of a Cummins engine. This will be a great package.”

The engine meets the latest emissions regulations, drawing on the Cummins’ broad in-house technical capabilities in turbo technology, filters from the company’s filtration business and selective catalytic reduction technology from Cummins Emission Solutions.

Like the current model, the next-generation Titan will be built at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., vehicle assembly plant and its gasoline engines cast, forged and assembled at Nissan’s Decherd, Tenn., powertrain plant.

Following the Nissan introduction, Cummins said it would expand the offerings for the new diesel.

"Cummins ISV5.0 creates new opportunities for our OEM customers as a compact and lightweight engine that delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency and total cost of ownership," said Dave Crompton, Cummins vice president and general manager - Engine Business. "Many of our customers have asked for a Cummins alternative for gasoline or other small displacement automotive diesel engines. The ISV5.0 represents the next dimension in fuel economy and performance as Cummins continues to broaden our on-highway product line."

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