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Nissan increases the momentum for diesel engines in North American light duty pick-up trucks

  • Nissan announces diesel engine for next generation Titan pick-up
  • Cummins 5.0L V8 turbodiesel to provide class-leading performance
  • SinterCast-CGI cylinder block produced at the Tupy foundry in Brazil

With the announcement of a 5.0 litre V8 diesel engine for the next generation Nissan Titan, the high volume North American pick-up truck market has taken another significant step toward diesel engines.  The Nissan announcement follows Chrysler's announcement in February 2013 of a 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine in the model year 2014 Ram 1500 pick-up.  The Ram 1500 diesel will be available in US dealer showrooms during the fourth quarter of 2013.  The Nissan diesel will be available with the launch of the next generation Titan, anticipated during 2014.  Both the Chrysler and the Nissan diesel offerings are based on SinterCast-CGI cylinder blocks. 

The 5.0 litre V8 turbodiesel will be supplied by Cummins, one of the world's largest and most respected diesel engine manufacturers.  With more than 300 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and approximately 550 pound-feet (750 N-m) of torque, the 5.0 litre V8 diesel will provide approximately 25% more pulling power than the current petrol-engined light duty pick-ups in the US market.  The SinterCast-CGI cylinder block used in the Cummins diesel is produced at the Tupy foundry in Brazil.  Cummins has also indicated that the engine will be available in other applications such as recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles, providing opportunities for increased production volumes. 

"Better fuel economy, higher torque, increased driving range and lower total cost of ownership make diesels ideally suited to light duty pick-up trucks and the North American driving mode" said Dr Steve Dawson, President & CEO of SinterCast.  "With approximately 50% of the US market share being held by pick-ups, SUV's and crossovers, the increased use of diesel engines provides an important contribution toward helping OEMs meet the continual increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ), as the standard increases from 27.5 miles per gallon (8.6 litres/100km) in 2010 to 54.5 mpg (4.3 litres/100 km) in 2025."

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