This is something I really agree with, though doubt it will happen (at least anytime soon). A dakota sized truck with the VM 3.0 Diesel and 8 speed ZF transmission would get fantastic mileage, outdoing a whole pile of other vehicles that are smaller and lighter than the Dakota would be. I really do not see this happening though, has any truck manufacturer ever put an identical powerplant in a half ton and a mid size?LtjimT said:Going to a 2500 is a big step up in capability that isn't needed for many of us truck consumers. I have a 2001 dakota quadcab,4x4,4.7,3.92 with all the HD options that were available. It has served me well (230,000 miles), but want to replace it with a half ton with reasonably good payload and tow rating. It will be our everyday driver and trip vehicle including some towing duty. I don't like to carry or tow up against factory rating( though I have with the Dakota with surprisingly good results), especially on trips vs. local. The diesel/8speed sounds like a perfect drivetrain combination for my use. We have a 2005 Liberty CRD which I am very happy with so aVMmotori diesel I would welcome.I Like the rambox, but that reduces effective payload as well. May have to stay at SLT/Bighorn vs Laramie to make the capability number work and I think that is an unfortunate compromise to have to make.