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Cummins Inc. has inked a deal with an unnamed automaker to supply high-performance light-duty diesel engines to be used in various truck and SUV applications. These engines will be a new foray into the mass market for the diesel engine manufacturer, which is best known for powering big rigs across the U.S.
Cummins says the project resulted from a 9-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop high-performance, fuel-efficient, clean diesel engines that provide an average fuel savings of 30 percent over comparable gas engines. Cummins has not yet picked a site to construct a manufacturing facility for the engines, but does have a short list.

While the automaker in question prefers to remain anonymous for competitive reasons, our sources tell us that it's likely DaimlerChrysler. DCX would make sense considering Cummins already supplies Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickups with its 5.9-liter HO turbo diesel. Our sources also say that the engines, which will use a V layout and not be inline, will go into the Dodge Ram 1500 and Durango.

Thanks to John and Mike for the tip!

[Source: Cummins]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      A bit off-topic, but if any auto enthusiasts are also architecture enthusiasts, you must visit Columbus, Indiana, where Cummins headquarters are located.

      Long story short, J. Irwin Miller, longtime leader of Cummins, was a philantropist and patron of modern architecture.

      From Wikipedia:
      "In 1954, he established the Cummins Foundation and in 1957 made an offer to Columbus that the foundation would pay all the architects fees for new public buildings in Columbus. Thus this small Midwestern city has buildings by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, César Pelli, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill among others.....The American Institute of Architects in 1991 declared Columbus America's sixth most important city in terms of architecture."

      • 9 Years Ago
      "I hate when they put 200K mile engines in 80K mile Dodge platforms! Hopefully it's another manufacturer."

      Based on what facts?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hate when they put 200K mile engines in 80K mile Dodge platforms! Hopefully it's another manufacturer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I understand Dodge is releasing an upgaded 5.9 Cumminis engine that will put out over 360HP for Jan 07 delivery. Anyone else hear anything? And will the tow rating increase as well for the 3500 platform?
      Tyler Bea
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'll buy anything with a modern diesel -- better low-end power and incredible mileage. I went from a pickup to a diesel Jetta (41 mpg city real world driving). And I hate it when people spell it "Cummings"!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It'll be a cold day in hell before I ever buy anything with a Cummings engine. They can't build a decent motor for a semi for cryin' outloud!

      I had a 2005 Volvo Truck with a Cummings that had no power at all. Climb the smallest of hills and you'd have to drop 6 gears with a meer 25,000lb load.