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Cummins engine first to receive EPA approval

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Cummins Inc. said its flagship heavy-duty truck engine has become the first to be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency for upcoming regulations for emissions and fuel efficiency.

A local investment analyst said the news will help the Columbus-based company to expand its sales lead.

Cummins said in a news release that the federal agency has certified the company’s 15-liter ISX engine for 2013 EPA standards and new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards that take effect in 2014.

“Cummins ISX15, the top-selling engine in the heavy-duty truck market, will deliver higher levels of fuel efficiency and reliability in 2013,” the Cummins statement said.

The company said that by optimizing combustion and using high-efficiency water, fuel and lube pump systems, the ISX15 will use 2 percent less fuel than today’s engine.

“The certification of the ISX15 demonstrates Cummins’ commitment to deliver products that exceed both environmental and customer requirements,” Jeff Jones, Cummins vice president of sales and market communications, said in the release. “We are confident that we’ll receive certification for our other on-highway engines well before the end of the year,” he said.

Mark Foster, chief investment officer of Columbus-based Kirr, Marbach & Co., said the certification indicates that Cummins is retaining its leadership role in the engine market.

“Over the past several years we have seen competitors drop out or lose significant market share due to their inability to get the right technology,” Foster said via email. “Cummins is establishing a strong track record of getting it right and getting it on time.

“This should help them continue to gain market share and outpace the industry, ... all of which will be good for Cummins and Columbus.”

Heavy-duty cylinder heads and blocks are made at Columbus Engine Plant. The ISX15 also has an XPI fuel system, parts of which are made at the Columbus Fuel Systems Plant.

Cummins said it expects its entire lineup of on-highway engines for truck, bus, RV and specialty-vehicle markets to receive certification for 2014 one year early.

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