Powertrain is engaged in the development, production and distribution of propulsion systems for commercial and industrial applications, both on- and off-road, as well as engines for marine applications and power generation.
Powertrain’s strategy is focused on achieving technological excellence through continuous research and development of new technologies, reducing emissions and fuel consumption, and expanding sales to third party customers.
As of December 31, 2013, Powertrain has 10 manufacturing sites, and 6 R&D centers. In recent years Powertrain has developed a significant presence in the emerging markets, particularly in Brazil, Argentina and China. The Segment offers a complete range of products worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, it had 8,232 employees.
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 special- purpose 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 high- power industrial applications, the six cylinder CURSOR family, in five different displacements (from 7.8 to 12.9 liters), ranges in output from 245 hp to 700 hp. Completing 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 Trucks and 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
New developments during the year included production launch of the EPA 13 and Euro VI versions of the F1C engine for Mitsubishi Fuso, as well as Euro VI versions of the NEF engine (N45 and N67) for vehicles produced by Trucks and Commercial Vehicles, including 4 and 6 cylinder versions for Iveco’s Euro VI Eurocargo.
Powertrain’s Chongqing plant in China began production of the Euro IV version of the F1C engine for the Power Daily produced by Naveco for sale in APAC markets, as well as the Euro VI version of the Cursor 9.
The Chicago Auto Show was the venue for the launch of the RAM ProMaster commercial van offered with engines custom designed by the Group for Fiat.
In Latin America, Powertrain began production of the Cursor 13 VGT for Iveco heavy vehicles and the Cursor 10 for heavy vehicles produced by Ford.
In recognition of Powertrain’s technological excellence, TÜV, one of the leading European technical certification centers, certified that the Euro VI Stralis Hi-Way, equipped with the innovative HI-eSCR catalytic reduction system, is 2.33% more fuel efficient than the Euro V version.
At SIMA 2013 in Paris, Powertrain premiered a Tier 4B/Stage IV engine for application on agricultural tractors with output above 75 hp.
At Bauma 2013 in Germany, the Segment presented its range of engines for application on construction equipment, including the NEF and Cursor series engines with HI-eSCR technology, and also showcased its engine re- manufacturing activity.
The Segment’s plant in Turin, Italy, began production of the Tier 4A version of the 3.4-liter F5C with power outputs above 56kW for installation in the Group’s agricultural equipment models and the Tier 4B version with power outputs below 56kW for application on the Group’s construction equipment models. In addition, production also began on the first Stage IV engine, the N67, for application on tractors produced by Claas.
Powertrain launched the Tier 4B/Stage IV version of the F34 for application on construction equipment.
Powertrain completed development and production ramp-up of the Tier 3 version of the 3.9-liter S8000 engine produced at the Agricultural and Construction Equipment plant in Greater Noida, India.
In November at Agritechnica, Powertrain presented its expanded range of engines for industrial applications with the launch of the new 3-cylinder, 2.2-liter R22.
In the marine segment, production began on the 570 hp N67 which complies with EPA Tier 3, IMO-MARPOL Tier 2 and RCD Stage I emissions standards.
In the power generation segment, production began on the 80 kW N45 engine, which will support development of the power generation business in emerging markets.
In December, the plant in Foggia, Italy, reached a major milestone with the production of its six millionth engine.
Sales and Distribution
In addition to the Group captive customers, including Agricultural and Construction Equipment and Trucks and Commercial Vehicles, Powertrain’s commercial strategy and business model are focused on the development of a portfolio of medium-to-large OEM customers. Powertrain has entered into long-term supply agreements with Claas, Perkins, Komatsu, Tigercat, Merlo, Carraro, LS Mtron, Argo Tractors and Dieci for off-road applications; Daimler-Fuso, VDL, Ford, Tata, Daewoo, Hyundai Motors and Karsan for on-road applications; and Generac, Himoinsa and Greenpower for power generation applications.
Powertrain has a network of 100 sales points and 1,300 service centers in 100 countries that cover its entire product range and related market sectors. Large OEMs use their own internal networks to obtain parts and services for purchased equipment, while small OEMs frequently rely on us for delivery of parts and services through Powertrain worldwide network.
The Group controls 60% of SAIC Fiat Powertrain Hongyan Ltd (“SFH”), a manufacturing company located in Chongqing: 30% directly through Powertrain, while a 50/50 joint venture between Trucks and Commercial Vehicles and SAIC group owns the 60%. SFH produces diesel engines under license from Powertrain to be sold in the Chinese market (mainly to SIH) and to be exported to Europe, USA and Latin America.
Product competition is driven to a significant extent by developments in emission regulations in the various markets in which Powertrain’s products are used.
The principal engine manufacturers with which the Segment competes are:
- Cummins, which has a global manufacturing presence and a broad product portfolio, particularly in the on-road and construction equipment segments;
- Deutz, which is principally focused on off-road applications;
- Perkins (part of the Caterpillar group), which has a global manufacturing presence and service network and offers a comprehensive range of products;
- John Deere, which is principally focused on the off-road segment;
- Volvo Penta, which is principally focused on the marine engine and power generation segments;
- Weichai, the leader in the Chinese market; and
- Isuzu, which has a principal focus on the excavator market.