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Mercury, Merc Cruiser, VW join together on Marine Stuff

…Marine propulsion systems manufacturer Cummins Mer Cruiser Diesel and Volkswagen have announced a long-term alliance to co-develop marine engines below 5 Liters that will be marketed, distributed and serviced under the CMD brand.

Key to the alliance is the planned joint development of marine engines below 5 Liters that will comply with future emissions standards. Volkswagen, a leading manufacturer of diesel marine engines up to 350 hp (258 kW), will manufacture the new engine line at its plant in Salzgitter, Germany. Additionally, effective January 1, 2011, all current Volkswagen marine engines will be sold exclusively by CMD and marketed under the CMD brand.

The EPA Tier 3 emissions standard will take effect in 2012 in the United States, and the RCD2 emissions standard takes effect in 2014 in Europe for this range of engines. The new standards prescribe significantly lower thresholds for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants and require the development of next-generation diesel combustion technology.

“We are delighted with this union,” said Alex Savelli, president of CMD. “It brings together the best minds and capabilities in the field of marine propulsion systems. For engines below 5 Liters we are convinced the relationship with Volkswagen will put us in an excellent position to meet the requirements of the new exhaust legislation for the marine industry…