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Cummins collaborates with Isuzu on engine development

Independent US engine producer Cummins and Japanese truck manufacturer Isuzu Motors have announced the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership agreement.

This formalises a business structure for the companies to bring new diesel and diesel-based powertrains to global markets.

“Isuzu and Cummins recognise the advanced diesel engine is, and will continue to be, an important power choice for global customers in commercial vehicle and industrial applications,” Isuzu Motors President Masanori Katayama said in a statement.

“This is especially true in developed countries where power sources are used for high-intensity operations, as well as in emerging countries where social infrastructure conditions are severe.”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cummins, having been founded by William Glanton Irwin and Clessie Cummins in Columbus, Indiana in 1919.

The original equipment manufacturer is said to have delivered the most Class 8 (heavy-duty) diesel engines overall to US truck makers in 2018 and also the lion’s share of the country’s medium-duty (Class 4) truck engines.

The history of Isuzu predates that of Cummins.

Isuzu Motors started manufacturing automobiles in 1916 after a partnership between the Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering company and the Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial company was formed.

Isuzu is the leader in retail sales of Class 4 trucks in the United States, and also sells decent amounts of Class 5 and 6 trucks.

There’s speculation Isuzu’s partnership with Cummins will enable the truck maker to concentrate more of its research and development efforts on the high-volume light end of the truck and engine markets.

Last month Isuzu announced it had rebranded its engine department as Isuzu Power Solutions.

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