Cummins Achieves Another Milestone


Last October, Cummins Inc. celebrated a key milestone with the shipment of the 1,5 millionth Cummins Turbo Diesel at its MidRange Engine Plant, signifying both the growing popularity for diesels in the automotive market and the Cummins Turbo Diesel.

"Producing 1,5 million Cummins Turbo Diesel engines over the past 18 years is an incredible milestone for Cummins. It demonstrates that the American truck buyer not only recognizes the benefits of diesel technology but also believes in the proven performance of the Cummins Turbo Diesel. As fuel prices increase, we expect demand to continue to grow. Cummins is poised to meet the growing demand," said Dave Crompton, vice president, MidRange Engine Business.

Technologies such as a high pressure common rail fuel system and Cummins full-authority electronic controls provide superior performance and sociability for operators while reducing emissions levels. With the implementation of low-sulfur diesel fuels in 2007, emissions will be reduced even further.

Annual shipments went from 16 000 for the 1989 model year to reach over 165 000 Cummins Turbo Diesel engines for 2006. From 1989 to 2006, power has increased from 160 hp to 325 hp and torque from 400 lb-ft to 610 lb-ft. Cummins also managed to make its powerful Turbo Diesel even quieter by using a high pressure common rail fuel system.

"A few far-thinking creative people at Chrysler and Cummins got together 20 years ago and took a chance, betting the American public would work smarter and play harder in a Cummins Turbo Diesel-powered Dodge Ram pickup truck," said Jeff Caldwell, Cummins executive director, DaimlerChrysler Business. "Since beginning production in 1988, over 1,5 million customers have enjoyed the durability, fuel economy and performance of this winning combination. Cummins is proud to recognize Chrysler Group as its largest-volume customer and the only customer to which an entire Cummins plant's operation and output are dedicated."

Source: Cummins Inc.

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