Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Motors will be collaborating with US engine manufacturer Cummins to develop large truck engines with high environmental impact. Aiming to work out the details of the envisaged partnership by the end of the year, Isuzu, which terminated a capital tie-up with Toyota in August, said it is also hoping to cooperate with the world's leading diesel engine-maker in the area of electrification technologies.
While large engines represent the core business area for Cummins, Isuzu is competitive in diesel engines for small- to medium-sized trucks. Cummins has a large footprint in the North American, European and Chinese markets, while Isuzu's main operations are in Japan and Southeast Asia.
“Isuzu is a leading global company with a reputation for excellence in trucks, powertrains and customer service,” Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO, said in a release. “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."
“Both companies believe in utilizing technical strengths and know-how in the global market and collaboration to enhance competitiveness and to improve the engineering efficiency of future powertrains, which could help each company grow their business,” Tokyo-based Isuzu’s announcement said.