Cummins and Isuzu Motors have signed a letter of intent to jointly evaluate opportunities to develop new powertrains globally.

The deal is in the early stages and the two companies offered few concrete details, but it is seen as a way to grow both companies in global markets. Each company has committed to assigning a team to explore potential opportunities in product technology development, service, and other areas of collaboration with the potential for a longer-term partnership on diesel and natural gas powertrains, as well as on electric powertrains.

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With more stringent emissions regulations around the world, power sources are becoming more diverse. As a result, Cummins and Isuzu believe that more significant investment will be required to deliver next generation diesel and natural gas powertrain solutions as well as alternative powertrains, connectivity and other innovations. Collaboration and strategic partnerships are seen as essential in order to share the needed increased investment cost to be competitive in these markets.

“Isuzu is a leading global company with a reputation for excellence in trucks, powertrains and customer service,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins. “Our companies share a commitment to technology leadership, quality and dependability for our customers, and global reach. Cummins is honored to be working with Isuzu and to explore how to leverage our respective strengths to create new opportunities for both companies.”

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