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.
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
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, [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]