The 3.0L turbodiesel V6 in the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earned a slot on Ward's Automotive 2014 10 Best Engines for its power, fuel economy and refinement. In a piece looking at how Fiat subsidiary VM Motor developed the engine, Ward's also makes note of the fact that the same lump goes in diesel versions of the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. They're tuned a bit differently, naturally, with the QP putting out 275 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, the smaller, lighter Ghibli making do wi
Remember when Mahindra & Mahindra was close to offering a compact diesel pickup here? A million voices from the truck-and-bed-loving tribes of the Internet cried out at once in anticipation, only to be silenced in disappointment when it didn't happen. And this was for a jitney with a bed that didn't exactly look robust in its press photos. The message these fans had was clear: light-duty truck + a diesel engine = a prayer answered for a significant contingent of truck buyers.
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.
Yes, the car you see above is the Chrysler Sebring the new Volga Siber and I chose the image to illustrate the efforts of GAZ to become an important automaker. GAZ has bought 50 percent of the Italian diesel manufacturer VM Motori from its previous owner Penske Corporation. Who is the owner of the other half of the shares? GM. VM Motori is currently supplying diesel engines for Opel and Chevrolet, like the 2.0-liter diesels under certain European models. VM Motori is also working on the developm
Bob Lutz may not be a huge diesel fan but General Motors is beefing up their internal diesel prowess anyway. They have reached an agreement with long-time collaborator Penske Corp. to buy a fifty percent stake in Italian diesel maker VM Motori S.p.A. The new 2.9L V-6 diesel that GM announced at the Geneva Motor Show was jointly developed with VM Motori and the Italian company also supplied the engines that were used in the previous Jeep Liberty diesel.
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