Dongfeng Cummins Marks Engine Milestone

Posted on May 25, 2007

Dongfeng Cummins Engine Co. Limited (DCEC), a 50-50 joint venture between Cummins Inc. and China's leading automaker, Dongfeng Motor Corp. (DFM), has reached a significant milestone by producing its one millionth engine. The engine, a Cummins ISLe to be installed in a Dongfeng heavy-duty Tianlong truck, marks a milestone in the companies' engine partnership in China that dates back to 1986.

The companies also celebrated the completion of the prototype model of a new 13 L engine being developed as part of a joint effort launched last year, and showcased DCEC's full line of Euro 3 compliant engines, ranging from 4.5 to 8.9 L.

The fully electronic 13 L engine, which is expected to be ready for production in 2009, will feature a power range from 400 to 545 hp and is designed to be used in heavy-duty trucks above 40 tons gross weight. The engine will incorporate Cummins technologies that will make it capable of meeting future emission standards in global heavy duty markets, the company said.

"Working with Cummins offers us invaluable access to best-in-class engines and components," said Xu Ping, General Manager of DFM. "Cummins has been vital in building our position in the China market as a leading truck maker, as well as in our efforts to penetrate into the international markets."

DFM first licensed Cummins engine technology in 1986 and the two companies created the DCEC joint venture in 1996. In addition to the engine joint ventures, Cummins and DFM also are partners in a filtration operation in Shanghai and an exhaust product joint venture in Xiangfan, as well as in a technical center in Wuhan.