Cummins has been building diesel engines since 1919, but it would be another 80 years before this company became a household name. That was when Cummins supplied Chrysler with a 160-horsepower 5.9-liter inline-six for the 1989 Dodge Ram 250 and 350 models, and Cummins has steadily built a solid reputation for its engines among truck buyers ever since.
Dodge Ram (and now Ram) buyers wear the big “C” on their fenders with pride, but Nissan buyers will soon be able to brag about their Cummins affiliation as well. A new era of diesel trucks is set to begin when the 2016 Nissan Titan XD goes on sale later this year with the Cummins 5.0-liter V-8 Turbo Diesel under the hood, and I recently had the chance to head to the home of Cummins – Columbus, Indiana – to see where this all-new engine will be built.
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If you’ve been following us lately, you probably noticed our new focus on comparisons. They helped us conclude the new Focus RS is a better alternative to the Golf R, and that the Porsche Boxster has the upper hand over the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Also, comparing the Focus RS and the 2015 Mustang made us realize Ford is brave enough to let use choose between two fantastic and highly desirable performance cars. If you enjoyed those, than be prepared for more, but until we roll out our next comparo, we will take a closer look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima and 2016 Lexus RX.
Confused? Than let me say that this isn’t a regular comparison. That would be impossible since the two come in different shapes and sizes, and, more importantly, compete in completely different segments. So what do the Maxima and the RX have in common, you may ask? Well, besides being made by Japanese manufacturers, these new models share a common design feature, which seems rather awkward with both cars having been introduced at the New York Auto Show. Keep reading to find out more about it.
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