Cummins to build the 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel for the Nissan Titan pickup truck

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For many years, the Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) was at the center of nearly everything that happened at Cummins. Co-founder Clessie Cummins and legendary CEO J. Irwin Miller were among the luminaries who walked its halls.

Vanguard_V8_Cam05_RGBFinalCummins officials announced this afternoon that the 64-acre facility in the Company’s headquarters city of Columbus, Ind., is about to make history again.  The plant, which dates back to the 1920s, is being readied to build the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel for Nissan’s next generation Titan pickup truck and for commercial vehicles, too.

“For the people at the Columbus Engine Plant this is very exciting,” said Jeff Caldwell, General Manager of Cummins’ pickup truck business and a 31-year employee of the Company who started at the plant. “For the first time in a little over a decade, we’ll be shipping engines from this place which has played such an important role in our history.

“It’s also exciting to think that within the next two years both our Columbus engine assembly plants – CEP and CMEP (the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant) – will both be at full strength again,” Caldwell added.

At a showcase of its product and technology portfolio in California, Nissan said it is not releasing any launch dates, although the automaker said engineering prototype trucks powered by the Cummins engine are undergoing extensive testing on public highways.

The automaker is counting on the Cummins diesel to provide light truck customers with a combination of towing capacity and fuel mileage that will give the Titan a key advantage in the highly competitive U.S. pickup truck market.

“There is no question that the new Titan will turn heads, and with the available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel we expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration,” said Fred Diaz, Divisional Vice President, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts, Nissan U.S.A.

Caldwell said today’s announcement is a testament to the Company’s determination and commitment to innovation. Cummins first announced it was building a light duty diesel engine in Columbus in 2006 but a global economic downturn delayed the project.

Cummins’ leaders never wavered in their belief that the engine would be a success with customers.  Many people want great fuel economy with hauling or towing capability but they don’t need  a larger three-quarter or one-ton truck with the massive capability these trucks deliver. Cummins V8 fits this segment well.

Caldwell said the V8 team continued making refinements to the engine during the economic downturn, and once an agreement was reached with Nissan, began to incorporate more specific customer needs.

The engine was developed to meet the latest federal emissions regulations, drawing on the best of innovation at Cummins, including turbo technology, filters from the Company’s filtration business, SCR technology from the Cummins Emission Solutions and more.

Columbus Engine Plant
Columbus Engine Plant

The Columbus Engine Plant was originally built around a two-story Civil War-era house purchased by Cummins co-founders Clessie Cummins and W.G. Irwin. Used as the Company’s headquarters in the 1920s, the plant has been expanded 26 times, including extensive work in the 1940s during World War II.

The V8 team will add to its 300 person workforce over the next several years and at maturity the V8 program will have more than 800 people working. People interested in applying for externally posted professional, shop and office roles should do so through careers.cummins.com.

Integrity is one of Cummins’ six corporate values, defined as striving to do “what is right and what we say we will do.” When plans for the 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel encountered trouble, Caldwell said the Company lived that value, never giving up on the engine or Columbus.

“We knew we made a commitment to bring engine manufacturing back to Southern Indiana and we were not going to go back on that promise,” he said.

To learn more about today’s announcement, go to cumminsengines.com.

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  • ernesto patricio ramirez says:
    August 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm Reply

    muy bien un motor muy bueno y resistente

  • Shivani S says:
    August 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Congratulations to Cummins and its employees for the wonderful achievement!

  • Adam says:
    August 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

    I wonder if it is a 180° or 90° crankshaft. I would like to see a 180° as both the power stroke and duramax are 90° cranks

  • George Voll says:
    August 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm Reply

    This is a great achievement, not only is Cummins creating American jobs they are weaning the US off of foreign oil and giving the consumer a real choice in fuel efficient vehicles. All you need now is to help produce a sedan that achieves over 60MPG.

  • Scott Ripplinger says:
    August 21, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

    I will definitely buy a Nissan Titan only if it has a Cummins engine. This could be the best thing ever for the Nissan Titan. Please keep me posted.

    Thank You,
    Scott Ripplinger

    • Stanley Palmer says:
      August 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

      I am in the cummins high mileage club with >423,000 miles on my Cummins Dodge 6BT 12v, but I can see a Cummins Nissan Titan in my future.

  • Barry Jeshurin says:
    August 21, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply

    Any news on which transmission will be behind the new engine?

  • Brett Persinger says:
    August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm Reply

    Great news for Cummins. This was a long time in the works for Cummins. They are bringing 500 jobs to a city in the US to truck that is produced in the US. Funny that the Dodge RAM was produced in Mexico.

  • Justin says:
    August 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Put this v8 diesel in the Titan and I will be the first in line to buy one.

  • Bryon Kass says:
    August 23, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    Now for a marine version. This would be ideal for replacing small block gas engines in boats. The obstacle would be cost. Cummins must produce enough engines like with the B series to have economy of scale. Also offering this engine to Chrysler and other auto makers for their SUVs and LT could expand their market.

  • Eric Adams says:
    August 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    This is great news for Cummins and will put Nissan on the map for building heavy duty pick up trucks,now the customer will have a choice,the Dodge with Cummins 6.7 or the smaller V8 Cummins powered Nissan.

  • DIlan Hingst says:
    August 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm Reply

    well the new cummins is a V-8 so fat chance its a 180 degree crankshaft :/ sorry (Adam on)

  • Irak Alvarez says:
    August 29, 2013 at 2:23 am Reply

    I wonder why a v8 instead of inline like most CUMMINS, oh well either way is a great upgrade because their v8 engines were not very good, specially with the fuel mileage, and also the tranny is going to be made by NISSAN for the ones asking about it,

    • Bill says:
      September 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Nissan gas engines are very reliable but have poor mileage and the transmissions are also very reliable. Have been waiting for a diesel version for some years now. Hopefully the Cummins V-8 will be as reliable as the inline 6. The other manufatures have had a lot of problems with their V-8 engines

  • Stephane Tremblay says:
    September 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply

    That’s a great news for truck’s Nissan !

  • stephen prendergast says:
    September 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm Reply

    WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? Nice, put a first year run v-8 diesel engine on the general public instead of downsizing the old reliable 5.9 liter turbo and making it more fuel efficient for a 1500. Does anybody else realize that the power of the 5.9 will twist any 1500 transmission to pieces, so why would you bump it up to a v8?{5.9=I-6} oh my bad stay with the same garbage gas mileage as everybody else. Realtime driving always comes up short of EPA ratings. I am a huge fan of the 5.9 liter Cummins diesel and obviously think it would be fantastic to have that kind of reliability in a 1500. What I don’t understand is this obsession with power [that is already there] and lack of focus on the fuel economy that this country so sadly needs. Btw I love the Titan too. Nissan did a killer job with their full size pickup! Does anyone remember their Datsun 620 Kingcab?

  • James Bryson says:
    September 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    i had worked for nissan as a tech for 8 years, in the flat rate world. i got the chance to work on a ton of titans. cracked titan exhaust manifolds was always a fun time but i hope now thats a thing of the past. then i switched over from auto tech to a diesel tech a few years back. now i am working for cummins power systems in williamsport PA. i am really looking forward to seeing our cummins engines being put in the nissan titan. and i hope to be one of the first techs properly trained on these engines. way to go guys!! there is alot of happy nissan people around here

  • dave says:
    September 11, 2013 at 1:00 am Reply

    I can easily see a Titan in the future line-up for a DiRT custom. I hope its got a CGI block AND head. And please, oh please, put at least 3 valves per cylinder!

  • HaloHat says:
    September 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    If I can afford the Titan diesel, I will buy one.

  • Name Withheld says:
    November 4, 2013 at 12:43 am Reply

    I hope that with Cummins’ association with Mercury Marine, that there will be a marine version made available. As the engine compartments in many boats are sized to fit a V8 engine, a straight 6 will not fit in. Boats are notoriously bad on fuel consumption, I would expect the new Cummins V8 Diesel to be better than a comparable size / power gasoline V8. Make it for both single and twin installations.

  • Joe says:
    December 3, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    I bought a Dodge 3/4 4×4 truck because of the Cummins engine. Duramax and the Navistar don’t even come close in durability. I’m absolutely impressed that
    Nissan decided to go with the Cummins diesel. Just can’t beat it. Good job Carlos Ghosn.

  • vananali says:
    December 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm Reply

    I own a 2004 Titan with 110K miles on it… ready for my diesel Titan as soon as it comes out! Wear and tear but the truck is running like new! Titan rocks!

  • Allen says:
    January 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm Reply

    just give us a small inline 6 and ut it in a good truck 2015 ford!

  • Bryan says:
    January 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I owned a 2004 4×4 Nissan Titan and I have to say it ate me out of house and home with gas millage. I am hoping that the V8 diesel with get a better mpg. I also owned a 2001 Dodge Ram with V6 24 valve turbo and got 24-26 mpg with the 6 spd transmission. I will buy another Titan if they can dial in the mpg.

  • Jason says:
    January 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm Reply

    I’d like to see the Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins diesel engine. I’d also like to see the Nissan NV van and Passenger Van with a Cummins diesel engine. Is diesel for everyone? No, of course not. With the cost of diesel fuel more than that of gasoline, that’s bound to turn some people off. But for those who can afford it, and appreciate the torque, the rugged construction and fuel economy that comes with diesel engine, I would think that it’d be worth the extra money.

  • Peter omeara says:
    March 17, 2014 at 7:19 am Reply

    I’ve owned patrols for 32 years and loved places and experiences they have shown me from wedding car, every day runner, outback tour, Off road vehicle the lot. This Cummins news is special for years l’ve loved talking up these value for money vehicles.(that’s backed of over the past few years). This news is over the top, that big Orange Cummins is going to look, go, sound, and give that awesome drive line a finishing touch to die for. Nissan patrol well over due.:-

  • Terry Hendrickson says:
    March 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm Reply

    I had to go thrucking to get the $$ to start a new company after a bad client killed my 20 yr old 1st co.

    After company driving i bought a new T-800 KW with Cummins 15.2 l ISX !

    It was rated at 525 hp but cost of fuel was killing trucking companies off in 2004 and I took truck
    to Cummins Wpg MB and their Ace xxxx agreed to de-rate my ISX to 400 hp . I wanted it
    down to 380 hp but he told me to come back later after running with 400 hp for awhile . Looks at the spec for 380 – 600 hp 15.2 liter ISX … @ 1300 the max torque is the same !!

    1st trip at 400 ho with 48,000 lbs of paper for Jacksonvill FL i pulled into Fargo after leaving Winnipeg
    with full tank …. alwways had put 50 gallons us in to get free shower @ Petro ! Not this time could
    only put in 38 gallons !! Go figure !! … after 40 years and million miles I noticed that all the winniers of the FJ fuel contest to win a new GM Rice burner , Ford Power struck or Cummins 5.8 liter I-6 in a 3/4 ton truck … ALL WANTERD THE CUMMINS MOTOR TRUCK !

    Now me I’m thinking after a few $$ good years with new company to open a Nissan dealership
    as only the Ford / CMC / & Chrysler brands are slod to local yokels ! The V-8 cummins trubo
    diesel is going to sell like 2cent beer at a riot !! … maybe even better !

    Cummins Motors like Mother Theresa should be nominated for Saint Hood ! At Least !!

    Terry , The Pas , MB CDN

  • Rico Lopez says:
    May 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm Reply

    i thought they were nissan was going to use the 2.8 i4 for there trucks

  • Tony Delafuente says:
    December 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm Reply

    That v8 Cummins engine with a 6spd Allison transmission would a great combo on any truck for power, economy and abuse .

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