An article in la Nuova Ferrari may explain the delay in Ram 1500 diesel production, which now appears to be slated for mid-January 2014. According to the newspaper, which serves the province of Ferrara where VM is located, a large number of engines were held back because the control units had to be recalibrated to meet American emissions standards. In addition, the line where these engines are produced temporarily stopped, awaiting Chrysler’s go-ahead.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel appears to be in production now, but Ram 1500 diesels, already delayed from an announced 2013 model-year launch, now seems to have been pushed back to calendar-year 2014. The VM-powered Ram and Grand Cherokee both have eight-speed transmissions; while Grand Cherokee stretches to 30 mpg highway, the Ram is expected to end up in the 25-28 range, still quite good for a pickup with good towing capacity.
There is apparently an improved 2.8 liter diesel in the works as well; Chrysler uses VM 2.8s in some of its European-sale vehicles.
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]