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Cummins to build engines for Nissan pickups; 800 jobs expected

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The announcement about the new engines was made Tuesday. The announcement about the new engines was made Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Calling it a vehicle that will "turn heads," Nissan says its new Titan pickup using engines made at the Columbus, Indiana Cummins engine plant will give it a competitive edge.

Three hundred jobs are expected to be added over the next several years, eventually topping out at 800 jobs.  It will be the first time in a decade that the plant has produced engines.

The plant will manufacture the Cummins 5 OL V8 Turbo Diesel. 

The company, which is Columbus, Indiana's largest employer, has not announced hiring dates, but says anyone interested in applying should visit careers.cummins.com.

Nissan has not announced when the new pickups will be launched. It says prototype trucks using the Cummins engine are being tested on highways.

Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. said in a news release, "We are bringing our innovation and latest technology in engines and after treatment products to a new segment of customers. Importantly, this will help us grow our own business as well as allow us to help an important new partner, Nissan, succeed in the market."

Nissan is looking toward the Cummins diesel to provide a combination of towing capacity and fuel economy.  It's an advantage Nissan hopes will give the Titan an advantage in the highly competitive pickup truck market.

The engine was built in 2006 when Cummins signed a V8 engine deal with Chrysler.  That deal fell through when Chrysler filed bankruptcy.  It continued to refine the engine, then once an agreement was reached with Nissan, it adapted the engine to its needs.  

Production on the new engine isn't expected to start until next year.

Cummins also says it is developing a version of the V8 Turbo Diesel for commercial vehicles.

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