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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:02 pm    Post subject: Cummins Powered Jeep Reply with quote

Wouldn't it be nice?

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COLUMBUS, IND. - Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today announced that it has selected the Columbus Engine Plant (CEP) here as the production facility for its new family of light-duty, clean-diesel engines, which the Company plans to begin manufacturing by no later than 2010.

"We are pleased to build upon our 18-year partnership and brand franchise by providing our new light-duty diesel engine for use in a Chrysler Group product," said Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman and CEO. "We know customers for this product will demand outstanding performance, terrific fuel efficiency and car-like noise characteristics. Cummins is using its technology leadership to meet all of those criteria, while providing the driving public with an exciting new clean diesel engine."

http://www.cummins.com/cmi/content.jsp?siteId=1&langId=1033&dataId=1118&newsInfo=true&menuId=4
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article about cummins that you provided a link to sure didn't say much about the new diesel engines. Is this new family of engines that Cummins is developing a 90, 72, or 68 degree "V" 6 or 8 cylinder? Or will it be another type of inline engine- 4 or 6 cylinder? With DaimlerChrysler and Bosch dropping all of that cash into this new Bluetec engine design, and the new Grand Cherokee already sporting a Bluetec engine, it seems really unlikely that a Jeep will ever come from the factory with a Cummins engine. Why would they give the option of a 3rd party engine (the independently owned Cummins Inc.) when they've already spent the money on their own diesel design. Bluetec engines have been licensed to Audi, BMW, and Volkswagen to begin introducing the Bluetec diesel technology into the U.S. marketplace under a common name. The dodge seems like the only home for the cummins in a DaimlerChrysler vehicle. Don't get me wrong, the cummins is a badass engine. Its problem lies in the fact that its engines used in the light duty U.S. consumer market are in reality medium duty engines. The engines are extremely durable since they are designed for tougher use than they'll ever see in the light duty chassis. This durability comes at a cost to engine weight and fuel economy. If you compared the Ford and GM diesels of similar power output to the Cummins, you would find that the cummins engine weighs hundreds of pounds more than the others.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only thing I could find on the engine was this:
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As part of the agreement, Cummins will develop and manufacture a family of high-performance, light-duty diesel engines for a variety of automotive applications in vehicles below 8,500 pounds gross vehicle weight, including standard pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Certain bus, marine and industrial applications also will be served by this engine family.

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The Grand Cherokee engine is actually a Mercedes engine, BLUETEC is actually a collection of technology. I asked what if anything it stood for and this was what I got from DC:
As you suggested, BLUETEC is a brand name for a collection of technologies aimed at producing cleaner, more fuel efficient diesel vehicles. The word "blue" was chosen to denote the concept of more environmentally friendly diesel technology, presumably contributing to "blue-er" skies. The "TEC" part is simply short for "technology."
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