Cummins Goes to India. Passes Business Confidence on its Way Out.

Good to see that the Cummins Inc Board of Management is getting out and about a bit, and is currently enjoying some R&R in India, from which many good things are predicted to emerge, and where the US Engine builder already has a considerable presence.One does hope that the Economist was not one of the proffered publications on the plane from Indiana to Mumbai. The most recent issue has a somewhat pessimistic article contained within its covers that points to the imminent overheating of the Indian economy. Oh well.

Scania Aims for Euro 6 with EGR, and Misses the Point Entirely

I note with interest an interview with Scania’s R&D supremo Hasse Johansson in this month’s Transport Engineer, which indicates that the Swedish OEM will get to Euro 6 without recourse to SCR.

This is a pretty neat trick, given that – as far as I know - neither a date for the implementation of, nor a set of criteria for compliance with Euro 6 has yet been announced, but we’ll let that pass, pausing only to observe that he's going to look a tad silly if the BioFuel Nazis have their way and Brussels mandates Herring roe as the fuel of choice for the Brave New World. However, what is intriguing is Johansson’s assertion that Scania will need to have its act together by 2009 in order to make some hay.Now Johansson’s comments might, of course, be a mere case of micturating betwixt the scapula whilst offering concurrent advice of inclement weather, but, for shits and giggles, let’s say he’s not yanking our chain. Would a Euro 6-compliant EGR engine available some four years ahead of schedule be a good thing?Granted, SCR has all the elegance of a crank-fuelled bovine ballet: take an old engine, a new dustbin, combine the two and watch joy eruct – especially if you’re called Johnson Matthey - but for all that SCR is lacking in grace, it will inevitably pick up in favour as the AdBlue network becomes more prevalent. SCR is also – we’d surmise – a somewhat cheaper option at an OEM level than is the sort of EGR sorcery proposed by Scania.So will Scania scoop the pool at Euro 6? Can’t see it; an operator base used to SCR, with a group of OEMs in a position to go hard on pricing seems to suggest that the Swedes may end up with an overpriced solution to what will be – by then – a non-problem. Factor in low volumes, and this problem will get yet more pronounced. However, according to this article in the Japanese press, there are one or two OEMs in the East that have been caught short by increasingly harsh European engine legislation. The Japanese are likely come shopping for European R&D in both the car and the truck business in the coming months. Scania’s boast may serve simply to put it in the shop window once again.