Volvo makes Cummins sole outside engine supplier in North America

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2000) — Volvo Trucks North America will make Cummins Inc. its sole outside engine supplier for trucks sold in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The agreement is effective with 2002 model-year vehicles. One goal of the alliance is to smooth the transition to engines certified to meet tougher U.S. federal emissions rules in 2002.

Available engines will range from 275 to 600 hp, with displacements from seven to 15 litres. Volvo, which builds its own line of engines, will supply seven- to 12-litre diesels. Cummins will supply its ISM, N14, ISX, and Signature engine models.

Volvo also plans to increase the range of Cummins engines available in the Volvo VN Series, Volvo VHD, and Xpeditor models with the release of the ISL by October 2002.

The deal will remove Detroit Diesel from Volvo’s order books. Detroit Diesel was bought by DaimlerChrysler, parent of Volvo rival Freightliner LLC, earlier this year.

Volvo said its dealers and customer support operations would coordinate with Cummins to service Cummins engines in Volvo trucks. In addition, Petro: Lube facilities, in which Volvo has an investment, will offer maintenance and light repairs. The Cummins Customer Assistance Center will cooperate with Volvo Action Service to provide seamless 24-hour technical support in three languages for customers operating throughout North America.

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