Cummins predicts sales growth will rise more than 60 percent by 2015 largely because of the global need for more diesel and natural gas engines. Most of the growth is expected to be in South America, China and India, but expansion into other markets is expected as well. Over the next 10 years, Cummins expects the need for more reductions in engine pollution and more stringent fuel efficiency rules across the globe will dominate engine technology and development, requiring more engineering resources.
Cummins said tighter standards for engine exhausts have allowed the company to leverage its engineering expertise, particularly in emerging markets where some of its U.S. rivals lack the technical skill to comply with the tougher rules.
Cummins supplies the Ram Heavy Duty with the 6.7-liter turbo-diesel I-6 B-motor, installed in over 85 percent of all Ram HD sales per year (close to 100,000 trucks). No word yet on whether a smaller Cummins will make it into half-ton Ram trucks but we know they do have a powerful I-4 motor they use in some South American markets that have also worked well in some military applications.