Cummins MerCruiser Joint Venture To End

By Keith Henderson at December 06, 2011 07:16
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After a period of cooperation lasting about nine years, the joint venture between Cummins and Brunswick’s Mercury Marine division is to end.

Caption: Cummins MerCruiser Logo
Credit: Cummins MerCruiser Diesel

CumminsMerCruiser (CMD) was set up in 2002 as a 50/50 joint venture between Cummins and Brunswick’s Mercury Marine division to supply integrated diesel propulsion systems worldwide to commercial and recreational markets. Cummins supplied their engines below 15 liters and Mercury their MerCruiser diesels sourced from various engine builders including Isuzu/GM and Detroit Diesel’s VM. MerCruiser also provided their range of sterndrives

Almost a year ago CMD announce at the Jan 2011 Duesseldorf Boat Show, that they were taking over the global marketing and service of Volkswagen Marine’s range of high speed diesel engines. This was a strong addition to the CMD product range, with a number of models offering Volkswagen’s advanced diesel engine technology.

End September 2011 the first indications of the split up was publicized in a Brunswick Press Release where it was intimated that the Volkswagen engines would be marketed by Brunswick (and not by the CMD joint venture). The Genoa Boat Show opening a few days later in Italy, showed that the Volkswagen engines together with other high speed diesels under 5 liter displacement would be marketed under a new brand name Mercury Diesel, the MerCruiser brand name would be solely for gasoline engines.

CMD, with offices in Charleston and Pessac, France, will be dissolved and the changeover of responsibilities will continue into 2012. Mercury and Cummins will work together to ensure a smooth orderly transition.


Caption: Cummins Mercruiser Diesel inboard QSB 5.9 rated at 425 hp (313 kW) at 3,000 rpm

Credit: Cummins Mercruiser Diesel


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