China’s DCD produces first diesel engine under Navistar licensing pact

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Dongfeng Chaoyang Diesel Engine Co. Ltd. (DCD), one of China’s largest diesel engine makers, on Thursday, Aug. 16, began full-scale production of an advanced 3.0-liter automotive diesel engine licensed from an affiliate of MWM International Industria de Motores da America do Sul Ltda., a Brazilian affiliate of Navistar International Corp.

The in-line four-cylinder turbocharged design features a piezo-injector common-rail fuel system designed to provide fuel-efficient, low-emissions diesel performance. The engine, manufactured at DCD’s Chaoyang plant, will power SUVs, pickups and light commercial vehicles. Initial estimated annual volumes are projected to be 40,000 to 50,000 engines per year.

“Today’s start-up is Job 1 in our long-term commitment not only to our working relationship with DCD but to the China automotive market,” says Waldey Sanchez, president and chief executive officer of São Paulo, Brazil-based MWM International (MWMI). “We’re honored to work with DCD to collaboratively offer the most advanced diesel technologies for low-cost, clean-burning, on-road vehicle operation.”

MWMI and its affiliate, and DCD are looking for opportunities to cooperate in the areas of engine development and vehicle application for diesel engines in Chinese manufactured vehicles. This type of cooperation may be extended to other engine families and other countries in the region.

“Our customers demand the very best, and we have always delivered,” says Zhao Zhuang, president of DCD. “With engine performance and environmental needs continuing to advance, this new engine provides our customers with a new level of technology. Our relationship with MWM International ensures that we’ll offer the best diesel power for future needs as well.”