Powertrain is dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and sale of engines, transmissions and axles under the FPT Industrial brand.
Powertrain’s product portfolio includes engines for buses and for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, engines for industrial machinery including construction, agricultural and irrigation equipment, engines for specialpurpose vehicles and engines for power generation units and marine applications. Powertrain’s families of diesel engines, ranging in output from 15 hp to 1,006 hp, incorporate technological solutions including innovative architecture, multi-valve feed, electronically controlled high pressure injection systems (common-rail systems, and, for some versions, unit injectors and injector pumps), efficient air handling systems, for example, variable and fixed-geometry turbochargers (including double-stage turbochargers) and sophisticated emission-control systems.
Beginning at the lower end of the range, the R22 – a 3-cilynder engine with a displacement of 2.2 liters – has an output of up to 70 hp for industrial applications. The F5C family, with two different displacement (3.2 and 3.4 liters) has an output of up to 117 hp for industrial applications and power generation units. The F1 family, designed primarily for application on light commercial vehicles, has an output of up to 205 hp. For medium commercial vehicles and industrial applications, in both structural and non-structural versions, the NEF family, with 4 and 6 cylinders in 4 different displacements (from 3.9 to 6.7 liters), ranges in output from 72 hp to 320 hp. For heavy commercial vehicles and highpower industrial applications, the six cylinder CURSOR family, in six different displacements (from 7.8 to 15.9 liters), ranges in output from 245 hp to 825 hp. Completing Powertrain’s engines portfolio is the V8, 8 cylinder, VECTOR family, with outputs of up to 824 hp for agricultural applications and special purpose equipment.
Applying advanced technologies to achieve maximum performance with the minimum possible operating costs and environmental impacts, Powertrain’s engines are tailored to meet the needs of the broadest range of customers in each market.
Furthermore, Powertrain offers a wide range of engines available in CNG, ethanol and hybrid versions, for commercial vehicles employed for both transport of goods and people.
Emission regulations are becoming increasingly strict for both on-road (Euro VI and EPA 13) and off-road vehicles (Stage IV and Tier 4B), particularly in relation to limits for nitrous oxides and particulate emissions, which have been reduced 80% from previous limits in Europe for on-road and off-road vehicles. To meet these limits, Powertrain’s technological solutions strive to provide enhanced results in terms of cost, packaging and fuel consumption for each segment of the market.
For example, Powertrain offers an external exhaust gas recirculation system combined with a diesel particulate filter for engines up to 205 hp for application on light commercial vehicles. For heavy-duty commercial applications, Powertrain has developed a high efficiency selective catalyst reduction system (HI-eSCR), which processes exhaust gases using a catalyzing liquid, lowering operating and maintenance costs.
This unique SCR-only solution is capable of meeting required emissions levels without the cost and bulk of an exhaust gas recirculation valve, and, in particular, for the off-road market, this solution is maintenance-free (no DPF).
Powertrain has a product range for leisure and professional marine engines that includes four product families and 28 models ranging in output from 15 hp to 825 hp. All engines benefit from advanced production technologies such as high-pressure common-rail and unit-injector systems, complete electronic management with power and fuel consumption optimization, low emissions, engine protection, diagnosis and safety programs. Marine engines are manufactured to standards that include high specific output, reduced weight/power and volume/power ratios and low noise and exhaust gas emissions.
Powertrain is also active in the power generation field. A diverse array of technological solutions is capable of responding to a large number of different needs and can be adapted for applications ranging from emergency response to self-generation and rental units. Engines for power generation applications are capable of outputs ranging from 44 hp to 1,006 hp and may be customized to the needs of customers such as banks, hospitals, shopping malls, public work and industrial sites and households. The range of soundproof generator setups (self-contained and dedicated electrical generation systems for both rental and fixed installation) offer fuel efficiency, minimum maintenance requirements and low operating costs.
Transmissions and Axles
Powertrain currently produces a wide range of manual transmissions for light commercial vehicles, having either five or six gears, and ranging from 320 to 500 Nm. These transmissions are designed with power take-off that enables them to be used for applications requiring hydraulic power to drive specialized equipment, including compactors and cranes.
The two latest transmissions launched for the Euro 5/V (2835 and 2850), which both have six gears with double overdrive, were specifically designed to reduce weight and further enhance smoothness while shifting gears.
Furthermore, Powertrain boasts an extensive range of axle products to meet all customer requirements, including axle products for commercial vehicles, such as the Daily, and axle products for heavy mining, construction and special vehicles (military and fire-fighting) designed by Commercial Vehicles. The range includes both single and hub reduction axles in single and tandem versions. The single reduction axles available as single and twin wheels versions are built for loads of up to 23 metric tons. The hub reduction axles can carry loads of up to 32 metric tons. Powertrain’s ongoing development of the range of axle products is focused on improving efficiency and upgrading the vehicle constraints, particularly in relation to the application of new braking systems (availability of both drum and disc brakes).
Innovation and New Products
During the year Powertrain began production of the Euro VI F1C engine for the new Iveco Daily at the Foggia plant in Italy.
At the Bourbon-Lancy plant in France production was started on the Euro VI CNG Cursor 8 engine for the Iveco Stralis.
In April, the first F1C with ULEV 34 (Ultra-low emission vehicle) homologation went into production at the Foggia plant.
New production launches included also F1A and F1C GBIV engines for Naveco.
In the third quarter, Powertrain signed a contract with a new customer, Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd. (King Long), one of the leading Chinese bus manufacturers, for the supply of Euro VI compliant Cursor 9 engines for a new 12-meter coach. Production of the engines began during the quarter.
At the SFH (SAIC Fiat Powertrain Hongyan) plant in China, production began on the Tier 4B Cursor 9 for Agricultural Equipment’s CCH (Cash Crop High) tractors.
At ConExpo, held in Las Vegas in March, Powertrain launched the new R22 engine designed for construction machinery, together with its new range of latest generation engines. Powertrain also presented its new range of HIeSCR after-treatment systems, which are extremely flexible in terms of installation.
At Samoter 2014 in May, the newly-launched Cursor 16 engine received the “Diesel of the Year 2014” award from Diesel magazine. The engine is designed for the high-powered off-road market. Production of the Tier 4B version started in the third quarter and the applications will include New Holland and Case IH combines.
For the second year running, Powertrain has again powered the winner of the prestigious 2015 Tractor of the Year® (TOTY) title, assigned to the Case IH Magnum 380 CVX equipped with Powertrain’s Cursor 9 engine. Powertrain also equips, with its Series 8000, the New Holland T3F tractor, awarded “Best of Specialized”.
In the marine segment, the 650 hp Cursor 9 Tier 3 marine engines for Caterpillar went into production.
Powertrain signed an alliance agreement with Cascade Engine Center LLC for distribution of its engines across the western USA and British Columbia, Canada. The deal will strengthen the Group’s distribution capability in the marine sector in North America.
In the power generation segment, at Middle East Electricity 2014, held in Dubai in February, Powertrain presented its new range of gensets and G-Drives based on the Cursor series engines, which expand its product offering of not emissionized products up to 500 kVA.
At Smart Energy Expo in Verona, Italy, Asja, a leading manufacturer of generators powered by renewable sources, introduced its new range of TOTEM micro-cogenerators, equipped with Powertrain’s F1C CNG engine.
Two Powertrain’s plants were awarded the WCM program’s Silver Level certification, confirming Powertrain’s commitment to increasingly competitive and reliable production processes: the transmissions and axles plant in Turin and the engines plant in Foggia.