Isuzu will start using Cummins diesel engines: Report

Updated Jun 01, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A diesel specialist partners up with another diesel specialist.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, famed truck maker Isuzu will be using engines made by the U.S. company Cummins. This move was decided upon in order for the Japanese manufacturer to focus its resources on developing emerging car technologies. These Cummins-powered Isuzu models will be released first in the U.S. in 2021. Other markets will then follow.

For those unfamiliar with Cummins, it is an Indiana-based multinational corporation that specializes in engines, generators, and other related products. Currently, the most recognizable car company that uses Cummins products in the Philippines is Foton.

A picture of a Cummins diesel engine

A Cummins diesel engine colored in the brand's signature red

While Isuzu has made significant partnerships with other automotive industry giants in the past, this is the first time that the Japanese marque will be using engines from another manufacturer for its key truck models, including the 60-year-old Isuzu NHR truck model. Previously, for example, the Isuzu NHR 2012 for sale uses in-house engines.

If this comes to fruition, then Isuzu will be the odd one out. This is because brands that have sold truck models have been making their own engines for their own trucks for the longest time.

Also, the report says that Isuzu will be responsible for tuning and adjusting the Cummins engines to suit the markets where the Isuzu-Cummins models will be sold. In turn, the Japanese brand will be sharing its small truck models to the American diesel specialist.

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A picture of an Isuzu cargo truck

Cummins can definitely capitalize on Isuzu's cargo truck platforms

As for Isuzu’s own work on emerging car technologies, there is no concrete news of that as of yet. If we had to guess though, there’s a strong chance that Isuzu could be developing electric or hybrid tech. What we do know, though, is that it already has several partnerships currently in-place.

Together with Volvo, Isuzu will be forming a “Joint Alliance Office.” With this, they will further develop new technologies like heavy-duty electric vehicles among others. This deal was finalized just last year in December. Earlier in 2020, Isuzu has also partnered up with Honda in order to develop fuel cells.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

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