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A short while ago, every manufacturer building and selling light duty full-size trucks for the US market was preparing to add diesel engines to those vehicles. Over the course of the past 12 months, as diesel prices spiked and truck sales tanked, one by one every single manufacturer indefinitely shelved those plans. The last one standing was Chrysler, and even that company pushed back its new Cummins-developed light duty diesel until at least 2011.

Mike Levine from PickupTrucks.com spoke with Mark Land, director of public relations at Cummins, about the new light-duty diesel engine. Apparently, the diesel engine maker is very confident that its new engine will get adopted by someone, even if it isn't Chrysler, which is planning to launch a two-mode hybrid version of the Ram in 2010 and at least publicly said it plans to launch the diesel a year later. If Chrysler decides not to bring the Cummins engine to market, it's possible that Nissan may use the engine in its new light commercial vehicles.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]
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