Cummins said the V-8 engine program in Columbus is planning to add to its 300-person workforce over the next several years, and expects to eventually employ 800 workers.
For pickup buyers, the arrival of this new engine means Cummins will supply diesels to two pickup truck manufacturers, a departure from its long-standing, exclusive arrangement with Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram Trucks division.
“Truck owners told us there's a demand for the performance and torque of a diesel in a capable truck that doesn't require the jump up to a heavy-duty commercial pickup,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan’s divisional vice president for sales and marketing in North America. “We expect to win new fans and attract buyers looking for this unique configuration.”
Chrysler said truck buyers are already well-aware of the benefits of the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel the manufacturer offers in its Ram medium-duty pickups and chassis cabs. And the company believes the light-duty diesel it will soon offer in its Ram 1500 will likewise win support in the marketplace.