The second largest automaker in Japan is teaming up with Cummins, one of the largest manufacturers of diesel engines in the U.S. to bring a leading-edge fuel-efficient technology to the half-ton pickup truck market. Specifically, the dynamic duo of Nissan and Cummins, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is working to develop a ground-breaking 220-horsepower (hp), turbocharged 2.8-liter inline-four-cylinder diesel engine.
If plans work out accordingly, the 2.9-l turbo engine will deliver up to 30 mpg on the highway and at least 28 mpg combined. There isn't one truck on the market today that offers that kind of fuel economy.
Nissan and Cummins, however, have more than fuel efficiency in mind. The two companies are also trying to engineer the engine to comply with California's super-low-emissions-vehicle (SULEV) standard.
The Prius and Insight currently meet this standard. But, Nissan might just come out with the first commercial SULEV truck.
At this point, the project has been running for approximately eight months and is still on track to close in 2014. Nissan and Cummins have, however, already fitted a Nissan Titan pickup with a prototype of the super fuel-efficient diesel engine. To give you a better idea of how impressive this contribution to the auto industry is, the 2011 Nissan Titan delivers up to 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway. The new prototype would nearly double that.
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