Kubota becomes first Japenese Winner of ‘Diesel of the Year’ with new engine


Kubota Corporation has won the highly-coveted European “Diesel Of The Year” 2019
award – the first time a Japanese winner has been recognised in the history of the
prestigious prize.

Diesel International magazine awarded the honour to Kubota for its new V5009
engine, marking the first time a non-western manufacturer has been granted the

The V5009 large displacement engine range was developed in response to new,
more stringent emissions standards in the United States, the EU and Asia. All
industrial machinery manufacturers are now required to build their machines with
emission certified engines, incorporating after-treatment devices in regard to the
required emission level. Kubota has taken measures to comply with the various
requirements from those manufacturers, in order to become the number one choice
under 100hp. The V5009 marks its entry into the 200hp class.

Fabio Butturi, the editor in chief of Diesel International said: “It is an appropriate
acknowledgement of Kubota’s Japanese engineering, its belief in the DPF (diesel
particulate filter) system and improved regeneration technology. The 5-litre
displacement will become strategic in both agricultural and construction diesel
engines and could become the ‘right-sized’ Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) of a
hybrid package of heavy-duty machines, such as maxi excavators.”

“V5009 is a genuine industrial engine, with a good balance between reliability and
performances, power density and an excellent ratio between weight, volume and
performance curves,” Butturi continued. “The fact that Kubota broke with traditional
Japanese reserve to announce the 5-liter at the 2017 Las Vegas ConExpo, three years
ahead of serial manufacture is a sign of just how significant the new engine is to the

Daniel Grant, marketing manager, Kubota Business Unit Engine Europe, said:
“Kubota is extremely proud and honoured to receive “Diesel of the Year 2019” –
especially as the first Japanese winner. It is particularly notable in a year in which
new European Stage V emissions regulations have been introduced. This award
recognises Kubota’s customer commitment to drive continuous development in
new, innovative and highly-efficient industrial engines that meets the market’s

“The new V5009 signifies another chapter in Kubota’s history as the business enters
new market sectors with the new 5-liter, high performance, versatile 09 series,”
Grant continued. “It is market ready after years of intensive development and
validation testing and the Kubota engine teams should feel rightly proud that their
effort and investment has been recognised.”

The “Diesel Of The Year” award will be presented to Kubota at the world’s largest
construction exhibition, the upcoming Bauma 2019 event in Munich, Germany. The
V5009 will be featured at Bauma as part of the largest and most comprehensive
range to be displayed in Kubota’s history


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