Nissan Announces a Diesel Truck for 2014

Historically, Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY  ) has never really been known for offering a lot of diesel engine-equipped vehicles, but that may be changing.

On Thursday, Nissan announced that it will be putting a 5.0L V8 diesel engine built by Cummins Inc  (NYSE: CMI  )  in the next generation of its Nissan Titan full-sized pickup truck, due out sometime next year. Boasting more than 300 horsepower and approximately 550 pound-feet of torque, Nissan's newest Titan diesel should have approximately 25% more pulling power than its current gas-powered light duty pick-ups.

Commenting on these developments, Dr. Steve Dawson, CEO of SinterCast, which developed the cylinder blocks for the Cummins engines, noted in the Nissan announcement that "the increased use of diesel engines provides an important contribution toward helping OEMs meet the continual increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ), as the standard increases from 27.5 miles per gallon (8.6 litres/100km) in 2010, to 54.5 mpg (4.3 litres/100 km) in 2025."

Editor's note: A previous version of this article named an incorrect supplier of the diesel engine for the Chrysler 2014 Ram 1500 pickup. The Fool regrets the error.

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  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2013, at 9:05 PM, peach259 wrote:

    The writer needs to do a little more fact checking. The 3.0L Ram is using is not from Cummings. Ram turned down the 5.0L from Cummings, and Nissan picked it up. The 3.0L Ram and Jeep are using is from Europe. I believe its made by VM Motori(sp)

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2013, at 10:13 PM, crash3085 wrote:

    Indeed, the 3.0 turbo diesel is sourced from the Italian diesel engine manufacturer VM Motori.

    Also, Nissan is not new to diesels. Just because we haven't had them in the U.S. doesn't mean they haven't existed. Nissan has actually offered some fantastic turbo diesels in the compact pickups and the Xterra in other countries. We could only be so lucky...

  • Report this Comment On September 03, 2013, at 10:37 AM, TMFKris wrote:

    @peach259 and crash3085: Thank you for your sharp eyes. We have removed the incorrect information.

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