Volkswagen and Cummins are teaming up to develop a new generation of non-automotive, high-compression engines. These two companies are renowned for the advances made in diesel technology. Volkswagen and Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, the boating division of the Cummins engine group, are partnering to produce future marine products.
Both companies will aim for products that comply with Tier 3 emissions standards in the US, which will take effect in 2012. In Europe, the new diesel standards will go into effect in 2014. Starting from 2011, all Volkswagen-manufactured marine engines will be supplied, marketed, and branded under the Cummins name.
Dr. Werner Neubauer, Volkswagen board member, said that what it contributes to the alliance is its technological know-how in engine production and the high quality standard of Volkswagen products.
CMD, on the other hand, is an expert at marine applications and is recognized for its success in marine engine distribution and service.
This agreement marks the start of an additional field of expertise in an automotive-related area. In effect, it protects the employment at Volkswagen on a sustainable basis. Assembly of the 346hp engines will be done in Salzgitter, Germany.
When Volkswagen Marine is mentioned, it conjures up images of engines built under the highest technological standard. This was shared by Professor Dr. Werner Neubauer, who is part of Volkswagen’s Board of Management for ‘Components.’
The company puts a high value on the marine business as it represents major potential not just for Volkswagen but for its partner CMD as well, Neubauer adds. For this particular partnership, the company brings with it the technical knowledge in the production of engines and the high quality standards inherent in its products.
CMD meanwhile remains to be the best when it comes to marine applications as well as in the distribution and service of marine engines. Neubauer relates that the agreement entered into between the company and CMD is merely the start in what is expected to be a new expertise for the company with regards to automotive-related topics.
This in turn will mean that employment in the company will become not just stable but even sustainable, Neubauer concludes. Meanwhile Dr. Arno Antlitz, a member of Volkswagen’s Board of Management for ‘Controlling and Accounting’, said that the collaboration between the two companies unites the strengths of the two.
Hopefully this will start, in the naval market, an offer program that will give Volkswagen the opportunity to increase engine sales particularly in this segment, Antlitz shares. President of CMD Alex Savelli shares proudly that they are happy with the partnership as it brings the best ideas and abilities from the two companies particularly in the area of marine propulsion systems.
By entering into an alliance with Volkswagen, Savelli adds that CMD will hopefully be able to meet the newly-set strict standards by the marine industry on exhaust legislation even before they actually come to effect.
Savelli anticipates that by working together, it will not only result in products that are more environment-friendly but will also lead to more value in terms of its price, reduced noise & vibrations, reliability, vibrations, weight and size.