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Kohler Engine Named Diesel of the Year 2022

April 11, 2022 – Kohler’s KSD 1403TCA engine has been named Diesel Engine of the Year for 2022 by Diesel Magazine.

Diesel magazine, one of the leading specialist magazines in the sector in Europe since 1986, awards this prestigious title each year to the most innovative diesel engine.

Kohler Engines celebrated the victory with a ceremony in the museum at its historic headquarters in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The award-winning engine is part of the new KSD (Kohler Small Displacement) engine

series, designed to adapt to all geographical areas, comply with all regulations worldwide,

and be compatible with all types of machines.

The KSD series is the result of a totally market- and customer-oriented approach.

It is simple, as it can be easily integrated with the increasingly complex electronic systems

of industrial machines, which are constantly evolving.

It is advanced, as it allows different customizations for all work cycles, as well as offering the possibility of data exchange with a reduced number of physical connections.

It is versatile, being adaptable to the machines without need for modifications or redesigns.

This is the third time in 10 years that a Kohler engine has won the award.

Kohler’s other wins came in 2012 with the KDI 2504TCR and in 2015 with the KDI 3404TCR SCR.


The “TCA” in 1403TCA stands for Turbo Common Rail with Aftercooler.

The 1403TCA, is one of three engines in the KSD range, which also includes the 1403 Turbo Common Rail and the 1403 Naturally Aspirated.

This version delivers peak torque of 120 Nm (88.5-ft.-lbs.) @ 1,400 rpm, a displacement-to-torque ratio competitive with engines of the same displacement but with outputs between 30 (40.2 hp) and 42 kW (56.3 hp) – which need aftertreatment systems. The sub-19 kW (25.5-hp) engine complies with current global emission regulations: EU Stage V, US Tier 4 Final, and, by the end of this year, also China Stage IV.

Fuel consumption is reduced by optimizing engine speed and controlling the hydraulics. Service intervals are maximized and total cost of ownership is low, thanks also to smart prognostic and diagnostic functions.

“Remember recent prophecies about internal combustion engines’ premature burial?

They were wrong. Diesel still has a long future in front,” said Fabio Butturi, editorial

coordinator at Diesel Magazine. “The KSD Series is a demonstration of this. The most intimate reason for the DOTY 2022 is precisely in the audacity to have invested in such an engine platform.”

Vincenzo Perrone, president of Kohler Engines, said “The Diesel of the Year jury also appreciated the engine’s versatility and elasticity of features and configurations to simplify installation by OEMs. We are enthusiastic and honored to receive this prestigious award now, for the third time in ten years.”

Added Perrone, “All of what has been accomplished is thanks to the hard work of our world-class global team. Words can’t express how proud I am of the collective efforts made by all

our associates in making KSD a reality.”


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