• Feb 4, 2010

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It's tough to sell a heavy-duty pickup truck without a diesel engine offering. Ford uses Navistar, General Motors has worked with Isuzu Motors and Chrysler has Cummins. Of all the automaker diesel offerings, Chrysler's pact with Cummins has lasted the longest (since 1989), and word from Chrysler's official blog is that the two companies will continue to play nicely together into the future. According to a new post on the website, Cummins and Chrysler have agreed to extend their cooperation on a multi-year basis.

Cummins currently builds the 350 horsepower, 650 pound-feet of torque 6.7-liter diesel, which is optional on the Ram 2500 and 3500 and standard on the Ram 4500 and 5500 commercial trucks. Chrysler brags that the very capable powertrain is the only big diesel in the US without a selective catalytic reduction system that requires the owner to add diesel exhaust fluid. The Cummins 6.7 has been able to pass 2010 EPA emissions standards since its 2007 introduction.



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[Source: Chrysler Blog]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I suppose this is good news to anyone interested in a Dodge Ram diesel truck but, seriously, I'm sick and tired of the design of Chrysler Corp's truck line. The 'big rig' look has been with us for, what, something like going-on twenty years or so? Geez(!)...can't Chrysler's designers come up with something NEW? Even Ford and Chevy trucks bear a resemlance to past designs but look desidedly fresh compared to models that were offered for sale over a decade ago. Come on Chrysler, there's got to be another approach to take even, granted, despite the fact that - now - Fiat designers will be dictating what Chrysler vehicles will look like. Hopefully, they'll be able to come up with something different and trend setting(!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fiat designers will not be dictating what Chrysler designs. Ralph Gilles, CEO and Design Executive for the company, will be putting final stamps of approval on designs. Get your facts straight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then I feel sorry for Chrysler designers. Maybe Fiat would have done a better job because Chrysler's vehicles are in desperate need of a new design philosophy(!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Ford uses Navistar"

      I thought they were making their own diesel engines now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford's new diesel is gonna be built in house. They are still currently using the 6.4L from Navistar....

        Which it's about freaking time they ditch that crap company. Navistar and everything about them sucks. We have a fleet of Internationals where I work and they are nothing but underpowered garbage...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good move. Iveco really doesn't have anything that fits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um longest pact? Hasn't Ford been using International (Navistar) engines since 82 or 83 when they brought out the ol' 6.9?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford finally grew some cojones and built their very own diesel. Hopefully the Scorpion will resist the abuse n the modifications done by our farm boys out west. By the way, how hard is it to make the excursion again? All it is is an hatch back-like on the bed and third row seats, call it the F-250X or make an F-450X. I think theres are alot of people interested in a truck thats diesel, 4x4 and has third row seats? I know it doesnt cost Ford much to fabricate them. Anyone else thinks its a good idea? Wonder if the people from Ford do actually read these blogs.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that is a great idea, always liked the Excursion. Makes my '97 Ranger look like a Matchbox car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, Autoblog, Dodge did not reach an extension... RAM did. They're separate brands now, get it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice to see. If it isn't broke, no need to fix anything. We have 15 of them at work and haven't had any issues with them. With their emissions compliance and brand equity this is at least one bright spot for chrysler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Which it's about freaking time they ditch that crap company. Navistar and everything about them sucks. We have a fleet of Internationals where I work and they are nothing but underpowered garbage".

      That is what the bozos (Navistar) have done to Ford. Made them garbage. This new diesel will help Ford a lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the 7.3Ls we have in our fleet. They are rude and crude and I just love the sound of the engine. I'm weird.

        But we haven't had any serious problems with our trucks (6.0s or 6.4s). If we have problems with anything it usually leads back to the company the outfitted the trucks with the dump beds, hydraulic systems, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We used to have a 99 F-350 with the V-10. From what I understand, that thing was a POS since the first day it came off the lot. But from what I understand, later V-10s (maybe around 05) became pretty rock solid.

        I considered buying an F-250 with the V-10 (05) but I know the cost of gas would have killed me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 7.3L are the best. 2006 and after is when the 6.0L had no more issues. This is one of the many reason I went with the 6.8L gasser. Navistar really stuck it too Ford.
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