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MTU Series 1600 Diesel Debuts

Posted on May 5, 2009

Tognum has unveiled its long-awaited MTU Series 1600 diesel, an engine that is intended to significantly expand the company’s reach into the heart of the construction, ag and forestry, power generation and rail markets. The new engine, which was unveiled at the company’s facilities in Friedrichshafen, will offered in ratings from 270 to 730 kW. The first models are scheduled to be available this fall and the company expects, in the medium term, for an annual production volume of 20 000 engines.

The Series 1600 will be the smallest engine manufactured by MTU. It will be offered in an inline, six-cylinder configuration as well as in eight-, 10- and 12-cylinder vee-configuration engines. Displacements will range from 10.5 to 21 L. MTU said the new engine complies with the EPA Tier 2 (power output above 560 kW) and Tier 3 (power output below 560 kW) without exhaust aftertreatment. The company said that the engine’s modular design and standardized interfaces would allow it to incorporate aftertreatment systems in the future.

The first engines to be produced will be the 12V 1600, which will be targeted toward emergency and peak-shaving gen-set applications. That will be followed, the company said, by smaller models again targeting power generation. Series production of engines for construction and industrial machines, agricultural and forestry machinery as well as rail applications will be introduced in succession, MTU said.

The introduction of the Series 1600 is a significant step for MTU, as it previously offered engines sourced from other manufacturers, mostly Mercedes-Benz, to meet the needs of markets below its own Series 2000 diesel. It is also expected to more than double MTU's engine production volume, as the company currently produces approximately 9000 MTU engines annually. "(The) Series 1600 will change our company in a similar way as did the development and introduction of Series 2000 and Series 4000 in the 1990s", said Tognum board member Dr. Gerd-Michael Wolters. "In the 1990s, we were successful in orienting ourselves increasingly toward commercial markets with strongly growing quantities. In the next few years, we will accomplish access to the volume production of engines."

For more information: www.tognum.com

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