Dave Crompton, president of the Cummins Engine Business division at Cummins Inc., noted that the trucking industry is going through a "new transition" when it comes to diesel engines, with future development focused on "sustainability and efficiency."
Srikanth Padmanabhan, VP of the heavy-duty, mid-range and light-duty (HMLD) engine business at Cummins, said that the company built over 1 million engines in 2014 worldwide, including 416,800 in the North American market and 536,400 in Asia. He added that Cummins' total global sales in 2014 exceeded $19.2 billion; a number "understated" by some $7 billion due to its many joint ventures throughout the world.
Jim Fier – recently promoted to VP of HLMD engineering for Cummins’ engine business effective April 1 - noted that the ongoing implementation of greenhouse gas [GHG] regulations is for the first time such rules are correlating with customer needs; in this case for better fuel economy. "Thus these rules are actually playing to everyone's best interests," he said.
The new 2017 model ISX15 engine will generate between 400 hp to 605 hp, the 2017 ISX15 will be offered in two distinct packages: one optimized for customers seeking maximum fuel economy, with the other aimed at operators seeking high performance.
The new EcoFit single module aftertreatment system from Cummins Emission Solutions reduces size by 60% and weight by 40% when compared to the prior version, said Fier. "We did all of that and yet still improved its efficiency,” he added.
“ADEPT,” short for Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain Technology, is a new suite of electronic features that aims to deliver fuel-economy gains of up to 3% initially for ISX15 customers using automated manual transmissions (AMTs).
Amy Boerger – newly appointed VP-North American engine business for Cummins effective April 1 – pointed out that the OEM's new Connect Diagnostics telematics package unveiled back in February is designed to improve the “efficiency” of customer care.
“By using telematics, we can transmit data instantly to Cummins dealers and distributors to help reduce the repair cycle and reduce downtime,” Boerger said – pointing out that Cummins remains “agnostic” in terms of the telematics provider a fleet may choose to use for transmitting such data.
The OEM said it plans show off those and other new offerings via its “Cummins Redefining Tour” featuring a fleet of Cummins ISX15-powered heavy-duty trucks that will crisscross the U.S. and Canada from June through October this year.