Isuzu and Cummins have shaken hands on a deal that could potentially see your future Isuzu truck come with a Cummins powerplant.
The Japanese truck and bus manufacturer and the U.S. engine manufacturer have agreed to jointly evaluate opportunities to develop new powertrains globally.
The deal is in the early stages, however Isuzu and Cummins have confirmed that each company will assign a team to explore potential opportunities in product technology development, service, and other areas of collaboration.
The main focus will be to look at the viability of a longer-term partnership on diesel, natural gas and electric powertrains.
Cummins, traditionally a diesel engine manufacturer, has already committed to developing electric powertrains in coming years.
Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins, says he’s looking forward to working with the Isuzu team.
“Isuzu is a leading global company with a reputation for excellence in trucks, powertrains and customer service,”
“Our companies share a commitment to technology leadership, quality and dependability for our customers, and global reach.
“Cummins is honoured to be working with Isuzu and to explore how to leverage our respective strengths to create new opportunities for both companies.”
In a statement released by the manufacturers that confirmed the tie-up they said they believe more significant investment will be required to deliver next generation diesel and natural gas powertrain solutions, as well as alternative powertrains, connectivity and other innovations.
“Collaboration and strategic partnerships are seen as essential in order to share the needed increased investment cost to be competitive in these markets.”
We will keep you updated as further details on the new partnership come to hand.
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