Westport In Supply Deal With Russia’s GAZ Group
Westport Innovations Inc. said it has reached an agreement with GAZ Group, a Russian manufacturer of commercial vehicles, to design and develop spark-ignited natural gas systems for a new range of GAZ Group compressed natural gas (CNG) commercial vehicles.
Westport's new WP580 engine management system will be applied to GAZ's YaMZ-530 4.4 L and 6.6 L diesel engines and will incorporate Westport proprietary components and technology as part of the multi-year development and supply agreement. The first products will be introduced in commercial production in 2014, Westport said.
"As the industry leader in Russia, GAZ and Westport have built a strong partnership over the last few years and we look forward to working with them to create this exciting next generation CNG product line," said Elaine Wong, executive vice president of Westport. "Our new WP580 Engine Management System is an excellent platform for this program and we expect we can deliver superior performance and economics for GAZ customers at a time when market interest in CNG vehicles is increasing rapidly for GAZ vehicles, in Russia and many other markets."
The WP580 Engine Management System, being introduced in Russia for the first time, is a configurable system that has been specifically developed for spark-ignited, dedicated natural gas engine applications and can be integrated with a wide range of proprietary Westport fuel system components for flexible vehicle design and production.
GAZ Group is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles in Russia, producing light and medium-duty commercial vehicles, buses, heavy-duty trucks, passenger cars, powertrains and automotive components at its 13 plants.