PETERBOROUGH, England-Perkins Engines Co. has unveiled a new line of environmentally compliant 400 series diesel engines for use in agricultural machinery, generator, construction and general industrial applications.

The 400D series, as it is called, meets all European and U.S. Tier 3 and Stage IIIa emission requirements, in anticipation of when those standards come into force in 2008. According to Perkins general manager Michael Wright, the company is introducting the new engines to the marketplace now so OEMs will be able to ensure their products are also compliant well before the legislative deadline.

The 400D series-which will be manufactured at facilities in Peterborough and Griffin, GA-includes a variety of different two-, three- and four-cylinder models, and options, covering the 11- to 67-horsepower range. The new engines incorporate improved noise-reduction technologies and more compact cooling packages. Turbocharged models are also available.

"The development of the 400 Series in response to the forthcoming emissions legislation has allowed Perkins to add considerable value to the product," says Wright. "OEMs will see a more comprehensive range and, importantly for them and their customers, they will be able to make the transition seamlessly to Tier 3."

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