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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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By Butters2 on 8/24/2013 11:15:11 AM , Rating: 2
If you noticed in the announcement of the cummins/Nissan partnership, a commercial version will also launch. Very similar situation to the 6.7l engine built for Chrysler. It's about 50/50. Half built for Chrysler, the other half (slightly modified to certain degrees) for other customers. Mostly industrial applications. Class 5-8 semi trucks, marine applications and such. The 5.0 l v-8 is already slated for a lot of similar industrial applications as the 6.7l slightly smaller nonetheless. Another point to make is the 5.0l cummins will be considerably better on fuel than the 5.6l gas. Less maintence and longer lifespan. And 5.0l v8 is not too big. The point is this engine is just the 2nd to hit the market for light duty trucks. Fiat is putting their small 3.0 l in the dodge 1500. Problem is people aren't really gonna wanna pay for the premium for a Diesel engine that has similar torque but way less hp as its gas counterpart. Better fuel economy sure, but not enough to wanna pay thousands more for the diesel option. So Nissan wanted a diesel that would basically blow their gas engine away in mpg and torque that would make that diesel premium worthwhile.

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