DECATUR, Ill. (August 30, 2005) - Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) announced today at the Farm Progress Show that the Jacobs Exhaust Brake® is now available for Cummins-powered 2006 Dodge Ram pickups with automatic transmissions. A Dodge dealer-installed option, the Jacobs Exhaust Brake can provide added control and brake savings by transforming Cummins horsepower into braking power.

In addition, the Jacobs Exhaust Brake:

  • Increases vehicle control to provide the owner additional peace of mind when towing.
  • Enhances safety while towing through reduced overheating and fading of brakes on long downhill grades.
  • Saves the owner money by extending the life of the brakes by as much as three times.
  • Allows the owner the capability for cold weather cab-warming that's twice as fast.

"With the availability of the Jacobs Exhaust Brake in the Dodge Ram, truck buyers who prefer automatic transmissions can take advantage of this cost-saving, safety-enhancing and braking-performance feature that has been available to buyers of Cummins-powered Dodge Rams with manual transmissions for a number of years," said Cummins Product Manager Rajesh Singh.

The cowboys of the Dodge Rodeo - which since 1980 has sponsored the best in rodeo, including the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo - has used Jacobs Exhaust Brakes on manual transmissions since 1997. It has logged more than six million miles on its fleet of 53 Cummins-powered Dodge Rams since then. "Our Rodeo cowboys rely on the Jacobs Exhaust Brake to help control their heavy trailer loads and save their brakes for when they really need them," said Mike Orman, president, Dodge Rodeo.

The Jacobs Exhaust Brake is jointly engineered and tested by the Heavy-Duty experts at Dodge, Cummins and Jacobs Vehicle Systems to deliver superior performance for towing. It is compatible with vacuum-operated braking systems on many trailers.

The Jacobs Exhaust Brake is backed by a comprehensive 3-year/100,000-mile warranty on the exhaust brake assembly, with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all other kit components. It is designed with the exhaust brake and automatic transmission controller integrated into the engine, so that no external lock-up box is necessary.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,500 dealer locations. With more than 28,000 employees worldwide, Cummins reported sales of $8.4 billion in 2004.

Jacobs Exhaust Brake is a registered trademark of Jacobs Vehicle Systems.