Cummins said its 2020 X15 Productivity Series ratings are designed for multi-purpose, vocational and heavy-haul customers who need a wider engine speed range.

Cummins will expand its lineup of X15 diesel engines with two new additions to the family – a new X15 Efficiency Series engine and a new X15 Productivity Series diesel engine.

 According to Cummins, the 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine delivers up to 5% better fuel economy than the prior X15 Efficiency Series engine and is designed for increased uptime and improved driver satisfaction. It has a new maintenance schedule, including an oil-drain interval of up to 75,000 miles. An oil drain interval of up to 80,000 miles is available to customers using Valvoline Premium Blue 15W-40. For added value, customers participating in Cummins OilGuard program have the potential to increase to a 100,000-mile ODI. These extensions will decrease maintenance costs and improve vehicle uptime for customers, all while protecting their coverage under warranty should they need it, Cummins said.

“We are proud of the performance and reliability of the X15 engine platform,” said Brett Merritt, vice presidentt of Cummins' On-Highway Engine Business. “The new 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine provides improved fuel economy and further reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  That’s why we’re bringing our new X15 Efficiency Series engine and X15 Productivity Series offering to the market a year ahead of regulation requirements.”

Engine hardware enhancements to the Efficiency Series provide better air handling and lower friction, delivering up to 3.5% fuel economy improvements to the base engine offering, the manufacturer said. Lower oil consumption is expected with modified liner geometry in the power cylinder.  Valve adjustments have been made for increased durability.

“Since the launch of the X15 platform in 2017, customers are hitting or exceeding fuel mileage targets and only performing preventative maintenance to the product. With a 2020 X15 Efficiency Series engine, customer benefits will only improve,” Merritt said.

The new EX ratings offered in the X15 Efficiency Series deliver expanded powertrain capabilities that can deliver up to an additional 1.5% fuel efficiency increase on top of the improvements gained through base engine hardware and feature enhancements, Cummins said. These ratings contain the full suite of powertrain features, including not only all prior ADEPT features, but new capabilities such as predictive gear shifting, predictive braking, on-ramp boost and dynamic power, delivering powertrain performance and driver satisfaction across an entire fleet. Powertrain features in the EX ratings are available exclusively with the X15 Efficiency Series engine when paired with the Endurant transmission from the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture.

“The EX ratings represent the incredible gains that come from the integration of industry leading engine and transmission technologies. Customers, in one easy selection, receive an optimized powertrain already configured for the highest levels of efficiency and drivability.  We were able to make these improvements without compromising the power drivers demand, which means everyone wins,” said Merritt.

The X15 Productivity Series ratings are designed for multi-purpose, vocational and heavy-haul customers who look not only for efficiency in their powertrain, but also response and performance needed to get the job done thanks to a wider engine speed range, according to Cummins.

The X15 Productivity Series now features six new ratings available in 2020, along with four former Performance Series ratings.

Cummins said the Productivity Series offering is comprised of two different engine hardware sets, common with either the 2020 X15 Efficiency Series or the X15 Performance Series. In 2020, Cummins will continue to offer the same X15 Performance Series engine with no changes. The 2020 X15 Performance Series consists of seven ratings, with four former Performance Series ratings moving to the Productivity Series offering.

Hino's new forray into the Class 8 truck market is the XL 8 straight truck. Equipment Editor Jim Park was able to take it for a spin recently and found that this "Baby 8" will go head to head with any competitor and come out ahead in several ways.

Early reports on Class 8 truck orders for the month of August show a modest increase compared to July, but as manufacturers open up slots for 2020, it seems that fleets are in no hurry to fill them.

More power, more options, and enhanced features are making the 2020 Ford Super Duty lineup more capable than ever, says the company.

Hydrogen-electric truck maker Nikola has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with a major global truck builder “to accelerate industry transformation toward [the] emission neutrality of Class 8/heavy-duty trucks in North America and Europe through the adoption of fuel-cell technology.”

Mack Trucks sent a film crew to Valdez, Alaska to shoot an episode of its RoadLife video series about a Mack Granite snowplow and the Alaska DOT crew that works to keep the Thompson Pass open in winter. Equipment Editor Jim Park went with the crew to film the filming of RoadLife 2.0: Alaska DOT.

East Manufacturing has promoted Douglas Kenny to director of national fleet sales, where he’ll be responsible for fleet sales in North America.

The Ram 1500 and Ram heavy-duty pickups will add new appearance and feature packages for the 2020 model-year.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) announced that its Warren County, Tenn., and LaVergne, Tenn., truck and bus radial (TBR) tire manufacturing facilities were recently recognized by Paccar with a 2018 Quality Achievement Award.

Daimler Trucks & Buses is launching "Transportation Matters," which it calls the commercial vehicle industry's first CEO podcast, hosted by Martin Daum, who heads up Daimler's truck and bus operations.

There looks to be a shift away from spec'ing 14L engines in new Class 8 trucks in favor of powerplants that range from over 10L to under 14L in displacement, according to ACT Research and Rhein Associates.

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