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Isuzu and Cummins to explore partnership

Long-term link to see traditional and alternative power sources scoped out


Isuzu trucks may soon come equipped with Cummins engines after the two signed a letter of intent to explore joint product opportunities.

The Japanese maker and American engine giant agreed to form teams looking into collaboration around product technology development and service, and the possibility of a long-term partnership around diesel and natural gas internal combustion engines and electrification.

Cummins says diesel engines continue to be the market leader for the foreseeable future but a long-term partnership would enable both companies to deliver a future competitive advantage.

“Isuzu is a leading global company with a reputation for excellence in trucks, powertrains and customer service” Cummins chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger says.

“Our companies share a commitment to technology leadership, quality and dependability for our customers, and global reach. We also share common values in the way we do business and how we treat our people, our customers, and our partners.”

The move comes as Cummins admits power sources are becoming increasingly diverse and emissions regulations more stringent, requiring further investment in areas of diesel, gas and alternative power sources – alongside future connectivity and autonomy.

As an example of this, it recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russian brand Kamaz to develop electrified power solutions for a new product line of battery-powered vehicles.

Cummins also acquired Silicon Valley-based company Efficient Drivetrains. Read more, here

Isuzu says it and Cummins share common challenges and the letter of intent is to explore potential opportunities in power-source diversification.

The market leader in medium- and light-duty trucks in Australia describes the industry as facing “once-in-a-century innovation” and, by utilising technical strengths and know-how in the global market, the collaboration will enhance competitiveness and improve engineering efficiency to help each company achieve its business objectives.


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