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Diesel delay due to emissions, OBD

by David Zatz on

According to Ram engineering director Mike Cairns, the reason for the long delay with the Ram ProMaster diesel — whose power plant is a four cylinder Fiat design, not the familiar V6 from VM — was mainly the tuning needed to meet emissions requirements, and the need to have the electronics meet the required OBDII standards.

The main differences, he said, are in the OBDII setup, calibrations, and the after-treatment of the exhaust.

This is an engine that our Fiat brethren have designed and developed for Europe, for Europeans; we had to make a lot of changes to meet the US requirements. [US diesel standards] are actually tougher than Europe. That took some time. But it’s out there and well-received by our dealers and consumers.

For more, see the full second part of our discussion with Mr. Cairns, which covers the vans, responding to Ford pickups, and various short topics.

Note: the photo shows a ProMaster City, which is not available with the diesel. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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