• Jun 19, 2009
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According to court documents, Chrysler has put at least a temporary halt to the expected light-duty Cummins diesel engine for the Dodge Ram 1500. Mark Land, director of public relations at Cummins, tells our sleuthy friends at PickupTrucks.com:
This is not a surprise. We're OK with this. We've been trying to rework development of the [light-duty diesel] engine over the last several months, given the current economic climate.
It may not come as too much of a shock to anyone that's been paying attention, but it's unwelcome news nonetheless. Just like all other contracts that Chrysler had with its suppliers, the agreement between Dodge and Cummins to build the diesel powerplant was voided when the automaker filed for bankruptcy and the deal was not transferred to New Chrysler. Fortunately, there's still a ray of hope that the engine program will live on. Says Land:
Chrysler hasn't told us they don't want to [build the engine], it just won't happen under the terms of the original contract with the New Chrysler.
Even without Chrysler, Cummins plans to eventually put the light-duty diesel engine into production. There remains a possibility that another automaker (Nissan perhaps?) may pick up the powerplant for use in a consumer-grade vehicle.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why!? Trucks need diesel engines not gasoline engines!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems ALL of the big-3 have come to the same conclusion - Diesel in the 1/2 ton class pickup is too expensive. There are better, less expensive alternative engines coming soon to compete with Diesel. Fords EcoBoost 3.5L V6 in the F150 should produce 400ft-lbs torque at a low (diesel-like) 1500 rpm and should cost less than $1000 and get mid 20's mpg. This kills the diesel.

      Plus, Ford has the E85 DI EcoBoost in R&D and it produces still more torque (750ft-lbs in 5.0L V8) and better MPG, so why go expensive ($4K-$5K premium) Diesel?
        • 5 Years Ago
        One reason is because the diesel engine is likely to last a lot longer than these more highly tunes gas engines.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, all three have come to the conclusion that the American car buyer will immediately open their wallet as soon as they hear the word hybrid.
        Stupid, gullible public.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I use an F150 for actual work on a farm. For me, the new American pickups (mine is a '96) have become too big, too fancy, and too expensive to use for a work pickup.
      The Mahindra is interesting. GM's Canyon/Colorado seems to be about the right size, but I hear it's not a great truck, and it still costs a lot of $$.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need a truck, not a fashion statement, for your farm. No fluff, with a price reflecting that. Dents, scratches, dirty interior not a problem--it's a work truck. Thank you for the common sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This administration does not support diesel technology. Since they are now calling the shots, it's no surprise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's too bad, but I am sure Mahindra is happy that they will have the market to themselves. That Ram sure is one good looking truck though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, too bad. I won't be able to enjoy the sweet smell of diesel exhaust anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does Fiat have a diesel engine big enough for the Ram?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, the IVECO diesel engines could probably work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After import taxes, the no frills Mahindra looks to cost every bit as much as the 'too fancy and expensive' passenger trucks we have now.

      In other markets the Pik-Up's main selling point is up front savings of 30-50% against a Hi-Lux (prev generation Tacoma).

      With that gone it's a tough sell.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think that the Ram and the Mahindra are competitors or in the same category. One is a full size and the other is a compact.
        • 5 Years Ago
        By "the market" I mean the
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