The Ram 1500 diesel has been praised by test drivers for its quiet operation, responsiveness, and apparently high fuel mileage. The light diesel was chosen for its economy and easy driveability, replacing earlier plans to use a light-duty Cummins engine (since adopted by Nissan), but it also has surprisingly long maintenance intervals. The same engine is used in the current Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel.
Originally, the Ram 1500 diesel was to arrive for the 2013 model year, but it was quietly pushed back to the 2014 model year. Now, it appears that it will need to wait until the 2014 calendar year as well, with reports coming in that production will not start until mid-January.
The reason for the delay is unknown. The engine has been in production for some time, but demand for the Grand Cherokee might be stronger than expected, and the factory has limited production capacity (though it is expanding). As a matter of pure speculation, Fiat’s agreement to purchase the rest of VM could result in engines also being made in an under-used Fiat plant.
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 [...]
The Challenger Hellcat is a hot image car for Dodge, and the brand’s leader has already said he wants to get as many out to the public as possible, suggesting to dealers that they not tack on $10,000 (or higher) surcharges as they did to hot cars in the past — from Vipers to PT Cruisers. While his calls may [...]
The planned Dodge Dart SRT will be enabled by a brand new series of four-cylinder engines, which some insiders say are a joint effort of Chrysler and Fiat, merging aspects of existing designs from both companies. Originally, the engines, dubbed “Hurricane” after military aircraft (and likely referencing vintage Jeep engines as well), were thought to be merely turbocharged versions of the existing 2.0 or [...]
Dodge’s use of Cummins diesels back in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were [...]