Just about a month ago, Chrysler's Frank Klegon confirmed that the light duty diesel engine for the Dodge Ram was moving towards production in 2010. Now, some reports are suggesting that the 5.0L V8 from Cummins may be delayed until 2011. With the current state of affairs in the auto industry and the recent announcement that Fiat and Chrysler were entering a strategic global alliance, we'd imagine that pretty much all of the Pentastar brand's plans have been shaken up a bit, including this one.

A little over a year ago, the future of smaller-displacement oil-burners for consumer-grade pickups was very bright, with Ford, GM and Dodge all announcing new diesel engines for their full-size trucks. Toyota and Nissan were also rumored to be matching their competitors. Since then, Ford has officially pulled the plug on its program and most of the others remain in doubt. Still, we are hoping that Dodge and GM pull through with their small diesels, which would make perfect complements to the hybrid drivetrains that are also forthcoming.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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