Dodge Ram first to meet strict 2010 diesel emissions standards

As the heavy-duty consumer truck race heats up, Dodge will show off a 6.7-liter turbodiesel in the 2007 Ram 2500/3500 pickup at the Washington Auto Show. Dodge revealed the engine at the Texas State Fair last year, but now we see it in the truck. Officials claim it will emit fewer harmful emissions than the competition while putting out 350 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. With DaimlerChrysler set to introduce more clean-burning Bluetec vehicles in the next few years, diesel emissions are quite the hot topic. In fact, the Ram will be getting some of the Bluetec technology. Dodge is also expected to announce that a new clean diesel engine will be developed for the Dodge 1/2-ton Ram after 2009, and that diesel will offer a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy. With the better gas mileage, CO2 emissions will drop, as well. Diesel engines will be required to meet strict emissions standards in 2010.

[Source: Ken Thomas / Associated Press via Detroit Free Press]

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