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No word on when next-generation Titan will launch

Nissan has announced that it will be adding a new Cummins 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel engine option to its next-generation Titan pickup. The engine will be built at the Columbus Engine Plant currently owned by Cummins.

"This is an exciting announcement for our Cummins team," said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. "We are bringing our innovation and latest technology in engines and after treatment products to a new segment of customers. Importantly, this will help us grow our own business as well as allow us to help an important new partner, Nissan, succeed in the market."

Nissan stopped short of offering any information on the launch of its next-generation Titan, but did say that engineering prototype trucks using the Cummins engine are currently undergoing extensive highway testing.

2014 Nissan Titan

Cummins began developing the new light-duty diesel engine back in 2006, but the global economic downturn delayed the engine project. Caldwell said during the economic downturn the Cummins team continued to develop the light-duty diesel engine and begin to incorporate specific customer needs once it reached an agreement with Nissan.

It interesting that Nissan has decided to go with a V8 turbodiesel instead of a V6 or inline-6 for light-truck duty. The V8 seems like a bit of overkill for the intended market (Nissan doesn’t have the resources to compete in the heavy-duty pickup market where such an engine would be more at home).
With that being said, Chrysler has already beat Nissan to the punch by putting a turbodiesel engine into its half-ton Ram 1500 pickup. However, instead of using Cummins like in years past, the new V6 turbodiesel is built by VM Motorr.

Source: Cummins

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RE: v8? really? ugh.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/22/2013 4:00:38 PM , Rating: 2
Are big engines and big trucks seen as a sign of masculinity over there in the usa or is the reverse true? Would this truck be more "manly" if it had a V8 or a 6?

Kind of hard to answer that, there's not really one specific answer.

For some it's Harley Davidson's. For others it might be big trucks. For some it's sports cars with high horsepower engines.

I think it's got more to do with embedded personality types than an actual thought process that goes "hey I need this to look masculine".

The penis comment was sort of a joke, but honestly, complaining that a big truck has a V8 came off really whiny and effeminate to me. Trucks have always had big engines, and always will, because they're designed around hauling and towing. Which requires lots of torque, and torque is more easily and cheaply delivered with a high displacement engine.

Over here in the old world at least, owning a truck like that would be a sure sign of "more bark than bite" if you know what i mean.

Well yes but over there, and I mean no offense, you've been conditioned by generations of Socialist policies to accept smaller living areas, smaller vehicles, less freedoms etc etc.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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