JCB to develop 4- and 6-liter diesel engines

JCB announced Tuesday plans to develop its own 4- and 6-liter diesel engines in a partnership with engine specialists Ricardo, AVL, Cosworth and Krause.

According to JCB chairman Anthony Bamford, the new engine will be specifically designed for off-highway construction equipment.

“The engine will give higher performance than existing engines and will also comply with future emission requirements,” Bamford said. “The engine, when manufactured, will enable JCB to supply the best possible power train package for its customers.”

For now, JCB will continue to source 1-, 1.5- and 2-liter engines from Perkins. The engine development team that will designing the engines will be based at an existing JCB factory in Staffordshire, England. JCB expects to release the engines in early 2005.

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