After several years of intensive development and testing, Cox Powertrain recently started production of the CXO300, its purpose-designed, 300-hp diesel outboard engine. This represents a major milestone for Cox as well as Ring Power Marine, who teamed up with Cox to be the exclusive distributor for the Florida market.
The USA’s southeastern seaboard is a key market for Cox Powertrain. A high proportion of the company’s recreational sales are expected to come from the Florida boating community, owing to a significant growth in the number of twin, triple and quad outboard powered boats sold in the state and a big demand for a viable, high-powered diesel outboard.
Production commenced in May at Cox Powertrain’s headquarters and advanced assembly and test facilities in Shoreham, England. The sophisticated manufacturing plant boasts a turnkey production system developed by QM Systems Ltd., capable of producing up to one engine per hour. The production line’s ”no faults forward” design removes the possibility of assembly error, and a suite of purpose-built test cells put every engine through its paces before shipping, further ensuring every outboard meets Cox’s high standards of quality.
Ring Power President David Alban recognizes that Florida’s unique and diverse market segments offer the most significant opportunities for Cox diesel outboards in the Americas, if not globally.
“We are fortunate to have many of the best in class recreational outboard boat builders located here in Florida,“ he said. “This is an opportunity for us to represent a brand-new engine product which currently has no equal in the market place. As a customer service organization, it provides Ring Power the opportunity to access a new customer base that we currently do not serve. This also aligns well with our core business of providing best in class products with unequalled product support.”