Cummins and Isuzu Motors Limited have announced agreements for a global mid-range diesel powertrain and an advanced engineering collaboration, marking another step forward in the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP).
The partnership, formed in May 2019, formalizes a business structure for the two companies to evaluate and carry out opportunities to jointly develop and bring new diesel and alternate powertrains to global markets.
“We are pleased to take another step forward in the partnership by powering Isuzu vehicles with Cummins engines in global markets,” says Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins. “Our partnership is a terrific opportunity for both companies to harness our respective strengths and drive innovation in advanced diesel and other technology solutions.”
“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,” adds Masanori Katayama, president and representative director, Isuzu Motors Limited.
Under this global mid-range diesel collaboration agreement, Cummins says it will provide Isuzu mid-range B6.7 diesel platforms for use in medium-size trucks to meet global customer needs. Cummins and Isuzu will closely work together to integrate the engine with Isuzu’s chassis and to meet Japan’s emission regulations. 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, the companies say.
Additionally, the companies note this collaboration will enable both to best serve end user needs across the globe while optimizing their respective investments in both diesel and emerging technologies.
Isuzu and Cummins also have entered into an Advanced Technology Agreement, to conduct joint research for various powertrain technologies using the companies’ respective advanced engineering capabilities. Both companies are committed to further enhance efficiency and emissions capability of their advanced diesel products. As part of the path to carbon neutral, Isuzu and Cummins have recently expanded the partnership discussions to include new power sources, including electrical powertrain technologies, the companies say.