Cummins Gets to 600 BHP

This will please the Editor in Chief, who has a thing for Big Bangers. Well, it might - it's a big engine.Cummins latest variation of the ISX now tops out at 600 bhp and 2050 lb-ft of torque. The new rating is designed for heavy-haul customers, fleets and owner/operators who specialize in expedited freight, and performance enthusiasts in the trucking industry. This from the Press Release. As is this: "Extra torque allows drivers to maintain road speed even on steep inclines, reducing the number of downshifts and fuel consumption. Maintaining a higher average road speed with less shifting also reduces driver fatigue and shortens trip time.""In addition to stronger pulling power, the ISX for 2007 also includes electric actuation on the patented VG Turbo, for improved engine response across the entire power range. The Intebrake™ system, an integrated compression brake that generates over 600 braking horsepower, continues as standard equipment."And this: Jeff Jones, Vice President - Sales and Market Communications, noted that: "This rating has been developed to meet growing customer requests for extra pulling power. The fact that we've increased the torque on this engine and maintained exceptional fuel economy while meeting the 2007 emissions regulations with a single diesel particulate filter and turbocharger shows the true benefit of our integrated design and manufacturing capabilities. It is a testimony to the advanced thinking and visionary design of the ISX."This from us: It's never a good idea to make too many judgments on the build up day of a trade show - cardboard is the primary exhibit at MATS at present. But, we've noticed a lot of Freightliners boasting CAT 15 engines, and more Cummins than might have been expected over at Navistar's enclave. Seems a bit arse about face to us.

Paccar: Everything is Tip Top.

Remember that Joe McAleese, who regards 2007 as being a year that the business will want to forget?According to Bob Christensen, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, he's talking through his hat. "The economy is sound, and freight is at near record levels," he tells a bemused press conference. Then, just for good measure, Bill Jackson, GM at Peterbilt and VP Paccar - otherwise known as Christensen's twin - confirms this view. Everything is very wonderful, and the trucking world farts through silk. We paraphrase. Then again, we've just learned that Mark Piggot pocketed $7 million last year, and that sort of coin buys one a lot of smiles.Who do you believe? Wish we could ask someone from DaimlerChrysler, but there's no one here. No Freightliner Press Conference, no Western Star or Sterling. Even DDC pulled the plug at the eleventh hour. Maybe something to do with bad news on HDEP, wethinks.