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Cummins and Isuzu Motors Limited have entered into an agreement for a global mid-range diesel powertrain project as well as an advanced engineering collaboration
Under the agreement, Cummins will provide Isuzu mid-range B6.7 diesel platforms for use in medium-size trucks and Cummins and Isuzu will work together to integrate the engine with Isuzu’s chassis, and meet Japan’s emission regulations.
The engines for trucks built in Japan will be assembled at Isuzu’s plant, located in Tochigi, Japan. Isuzu chassis, powered by Cummins B6.7 diesel platform engines, will be introduced in North America in 2021, and in Japan, Southeast Asia and other regions at a later date.
This collaboration is another step forward in the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP), which allows both the companies to best serve end user needs across the globe, while optimising their respective investments in both diesel and emerging technologies. The partnership, formed in May 2019, formalised a business structure for the two companies to evaluate and carry out opportunities, and jointly develop and bring new diesel and alternate powertrains to global markets.
Isuzu and Cummins have also entered into an Advanced Technology Agreement, to conduct joint research for various powertrain technologies, using the companies’ respective advanced engineering capabilities.
“We are pleased to take another step forward in the partnership by powering Isuzu vehicles with Cummins engines in global markets,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc.
“Our partnership is a terrific opportunity for both companies to harness our respective strengths and drive innovation in advanced diesel and other technology solutions,” he added.
Masanori Katayama, president and representative director, Isuzu Motors Limited said, “Cummins and Isuzu have been working on our partnership based on strong trusts in each other. I am pleased to announce today our first step in this collaboration. We will accelerate holistic collaboration in joint research for advanced engineering capabilities and further developments in advanced diesel technologies to deliver optimum trucks and powertrains to customers all over the world.”
Both companies are committed to further enhance efficiency and emissions capability of their advanced diesel products. As a part of the path towards carbon neutral initiatives, Isuzu and Cummins have recently expanded the partnership discussions to include new power sources, including electrical powertrain technologies.