New Nissan Truck Includes Cummins Innovation, Commitment to Excellence

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New Nissan Truck Includes Cummins Innovation, Commitment to Excellence

Employees celebrate the return of engine making to the Columbus Engine Plant with the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD.

When you turn the key on the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD powered by the Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel, it almost purrs to life.

Don’t be fooled. The TITAN XD is all tiger, no house cat.

The powerful engine, a clean sheet design, was also developed to meet the latest emissions regulations using Cummins’ most recent innovations including sophisticated turbocharger technology and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment that reduces emissions.

The result: a strong, fuel-conscious diesel engine to power Nissan’s light-duty pickup truck line.

The new pickup made its much anticipated debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan (U.S.A.), followed by a celebratory event at the Columbus Engine Plant in January, 2015, where the engines are made.

Bringing the TITAN XD to life, however, was a decade-long journey.

First, some background. The Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) was originally built around a two-story Civil War-era house purchased by Cummins co-founders Clessie Cummins and W.G. Irwin in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.). It has been at the center of some of the Company’s most important developments.

But about 15 years ago, Cummins stopped making engines at the plant for a variety of reasons.

“It was, quite frankly, a sad day for me,” said Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Rich Freeland, a 35-year Cummins employee, speaking at the January ceremony. “I always felt it left a hole in the heart of this Company.”

In 2006, the Company announced plans to build a light-duty diesel engine, but then the global economic downturn stalled the project. Enter Nissan and the Titan.

Discussions actually began in 2007, but it wasn’t until August, 2013, before the partnership became official.

Eighteen months and 150 new jobs later, hundreds of Columbus Engine Plant workers looked on as the truck they’d worked so hard to bring to life finally rolled onto the shop floor.

Jeff Caldwell, General Manager of Cummins Global Pickup and Van business, praised employees for sticking with the project.

“We’ve looked back. We’ve looked forward. Here we are today, and this is another big day in the history of the CEP,” Caldwell said.


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