VW Signs Marine Engines Agreement with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel

Volkswagen is expanding its diesel marine engine business, as the company has established a partnership with U.S.-based Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD), a supplier of marine propulsion solutions for the development and supply of marine powerplants.

As part of the collaboration, the two sides will develop marine engines that will comply with the future Tier 3 emissions standard that have a maximum output of 350 hp.

The new engines will be produced at the Salzgitter plant in Germany. In addition to that, all future VW marine engines produced from 2011 on will be exclusively supplied to CMD and will use the CMD name.

The Tier emissions standard comes into effect in the U.S. in 2012, with Europe introducing the corresponding standards from 2014. Tier 3 comes with a significantly lower limit for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants, requiring the further development of diesel combustion technology.

The name of Volkswagen Marine stands for engines of the highest technological standard," Professor Dr. Werner Neubauer, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for ‘Components’, said.

"The strategic marine business offers significant potential for both partners. We bring to the alliance our technological know-how in engine production and the high quality standard of Volkswagen products. CMD has expert knowledge of marine applications and is well known for its success in marine engine distribution and service," Neubauer added. "Today’s agreement marks the beginning of a further field of expertise in an automotive-related area and therefore safeguards employment at Volkswagen on a sustainable basis."
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