Caterpillar rolls out joystick and pod system

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Caterpillar Marine Power Systems announced the introduction of joystick and pod solutions for marine propulsion for pleasure craft.

Caterpillar dealers now will offer integrated propulsion and maneuvering solutions for customers, in addition to Caterpillar marine engines. The Caterpillar joystick and pod systems will feature proprietary Twin Disc QuickShift transmission technology.

“We spend a lot of time listening to our customers, so when they began requesting complete systems solutions from Caterpillar we went straight to work,” Caterpillar vice president for marine and petroleum power Richard Case said in a statement.

“Matching Caterpillar’s superior power systems with the Cat dealer network’s unequaled global product support capabilities enables us to serve as a unique single-source provider of pleasure craft propulsion and maneuvering system needs across a wide power range,” he added.

The Caterpillar joystick solution will be available as a complete packaged solution through the company’s dealer network. The package will be available to order in 2012.

Beginning in 2014, the pod will be offered for Caterpillar marine pleasure craft engines operating below 1,000 hp.

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