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A few years ago, the trend in half-ton pickup trucks was ultra-luxurious trims, often with the words "limited" or "platinum" tacked on after the model name. That was well and good, but we like this latest fad a lot more - diesel engines. First, Ram came to bat with a 3.0-liter, V6 turbodiesel for the 1500, then Nissan announced that the next-generation Titan would be getting an eight-cylinder Cummins diesel.

Now, word is coming in from AutoGuide that General Motors can, if it so chooses, drop a diesel engine into its light-duty trucks. The plot thickens, though, as it turns out that said diesel would be the same one Ram is using for its truck. According to AG, that engine comes from VM Motori, which GM owns a sizable chunk of. Therefore, GM can snag the 3.0-liter, V6 diesel for its trucks just as easily, if not more easily, than Ram.

If it's so easy for the Detroit-based manufacturer to access the engines, why not offer the a diesel-powered Sierra and Silverado from the start, then? According to GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson, The General doesn't seem so confident in a diesel pickup outside of its HD offerings. According to Wilkinson, the cost-benefit ratio doesn't line up for customers, thanks to both the impact on the truck's sticker price and the higher price of diesel, in general (the national average for a gallon of diesel is 43 cents more than a gallon of 87-octane unleaded).

Its arrangement with VM Motori leaves GM in a desirable wait-and-see position, though. It can bring a diesel truck to market in short order if both Nissan and Ram see success and profits, although just how quickly that truck would arrive remains to be seen.


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM would be taking advantage if increased production volume of that motor- with Crysler using it in several applications. Unless they waited until the next generation of transmissions is ready, it would be hitched to the 6L80/90 transmission. @ less gears than in the RAM, but also built in-house (Chrysler buys the 8HP70 from ZF, while it builds the smaller 8HP45) so it would have s slight cost advantage. I say bring it- and bring the Suburban diesel, like yesterday!
      itisinthedetails
      • 1 Year Ago
      The big three are affraid of market cannibalization. The margins are still the best on HD series trucks. Nissan does not have an issue with undercutting themselves with a serious 1/4 ton option. Pricing of the diesel Titian will be interesting.
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itisinthedetails
        These diesels aren't really geared at towing. Hell, the EcoBoost does nearly as well as some of the diesels will. They're geared more toward efficiency and bragging rights.
      Parm
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is rather odd given that GM was working on a light duty diesel V8, 4.5 liters or so IIRC, right before the Great Recession hit. From what I've read that engine was almost completely done. Perhaps it makes more financial sense to buy from VM Motori and get it emissions certified, than to finish their own in-house design.
      Peter DePriest
      • 1 Year Ago
      What ever happened to the 4.5 Duramax from a few years ago that was planned to go into light duty GM trucks? Why not continue that project instead of potentially offering the same engine as a competitor?
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter DePriest
        That project was killed WELL before bankruptcy. Lack of development $$ and GM's belief that American's won't pony up for diesel.
      Chuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      We want the extra torque and longevity that only diesel will give you. People that work a truck, need torque. Give the people that cruise around in a truck for whatever reason, a worthless gas engine with 600 HP , I'll take a small diesel everytime because I work for a living. You hire people for performance and endurance. Why would you want less from your truck?
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      if diesel is 43 cents higher, that's roughly a 10% price premium, pretty sure that the diesel mileage, nets a greater than 10% fuel savings negating the price at the pump. Teach your sales people how to sell a diesel engine and you will be golden. Increased sticker price, how many people get the bigger engine in their truck already? How about more power and better gas mileage?
      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      What interesting news. Now we not only have the potential for rivals Toyota and Nissan to be stuffing their truck with the same diesel engine, but we have two American rivals who might end up with the same engine as well. Somehow I don't think GM would want that to be the case though, especially not if Nissan/Toyota will be packing a 4.5, and especially since once they commited to VM Motori it would give Ford an opening to smack everyone down. My money is still on GM finding a way to work out a smaller Duramax, especially since they have the name recognition already.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carpinions
        Ford and Chrysler were also testing V6 diesels in half tons about that time. Public perception and costly emissions regulations likely squashed them.
          Luke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          But Ford now has the Powerstroke they're putting in the Transit. With little work it can drop into the bay of the F150.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carpinions
        GM was developing the 4.5L Duramax before bankruptcy. But, like Cadillac's UV8, I doubt it will be revived.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go for it,GM.
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes please. The market demands it.
      atvman
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM has little incentive to build a diesel half ton. Nissan can drop a monster 5.0L V8 diesel in the Titan because they don't have an HD truck on the lot. If GM were to counter it, sales would likely be at the expense of the 3/4 tons next to it on the lot. Ram can offer a miserly 3.0L diesel in the 1500 because they don't offer a smaller truck. GM is banking on the Colorado/Canyon to sell to people who want something more frugal than a half ton. Plus, word on the street is that they'll get a diesel. If Toyota builds a diesel Tundra, expect them to go the Nissan route. If Ford builds a diesel F150, expect them to go the Ram route. As it stands right now, GM will be the only manufacturer competing in all three truck segments.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atvman
        Why would it be at the expense of the 3/4 ton truck? I doubt the Ram will cannibalize the the HD trucks. This is supposed to be the same motor being used if GM would go that route. People who actually NEED a 3/4 ton diesel won't be able to get buy with a half ton with a 3.0L diesel.
      turboawdftw
      • 1 Year Ago
      normal GM short sighted behavior still pervails i see.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turboawdftw
        You obviously don't understand how marketing works.
        aquos6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turboawdftw
        exactly. deserve to go bankrupt again...
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