Diesels have often had a ‘dirty’ image as of late, especially when compared to gasoline-powered vehicles. With emissions becoming ever stricter, some manufacturers have begun shying away from diesel engines and powertrains in favor of cleaner alternatives. However, the same can’t be said about manufacturers of commercial vehicles.
In a bid to build cleaner, diesel engines and powertrains, Isuzu has furthered their partnership with Cummins. In particular, the Japanese truck builder and independent engine builder will be entering into the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership agreement. The agreement formalizes a business structure for the two companies to ‘jointly develop and bring new diesel and diesel-based powertrains’ to the global market.
"Isuzu and Cummins recognize the advanced diesel engine is and will continue to be, an important power choice for global customers in commercial vehicle and industrial applications. 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," said Masanori Katayama, president and Representative Director of Isuzu.
With the partnership, Isuzu and Cummins will have to opportunity to combine each other’s strengths, grow and expand their product portfolio. Both companies will form a board and assign a team of individuals to ‘continue exploration of potential opportunities in product technology development, procurement, and manufacturing’.
Both companies say that they will continue to develop and advance the diesel engine as it continues to be a ‘primary power solution’ in most markets around the world.