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Cummins announced in August that it will build a new and long-delayed light-duty diesel engine at Plant 1, with new global partner Nissan, which will use the product in its next-generation Titan pickup.

The Columbus-based engine maker will ramp up production next year, ultimately adding up to 500 jobs.

The company said it will deliver the first new engines in the fourth quarter of 2014 to customers who will use the engine to power commercial vehicles, including buses, vans and light trucks.

Cummins and Nissan formed the partnership to allow both companies to make inroads into the light-duty pickup market’s diesel segment, in which they currently have no product.

The 5-liter V8 engine would have an output of more than 300 horsepower and at least 500 pound-feet of torque, according to Cummins.

In comparison, the 6.7-liter medium-duty engine Cummins makes for the Ram trucks generates in excess of 350 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.

The light-duty diesel project initially was conceived for the smallest of the Ram trucks, but was put on hold when Ram’s parent, Chrysler, filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Afterward, the company searched for a new anchor partner that could make the project viable. But with each passing year, the likelihood of the engine ever rolling off the Columbus Engine Plant production line in significant numbers diminished.

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