01/22/14

2014 Dodge RAM EcoDiesel at SHOT Show

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 SHOT Show, which is the largest firearms industry show in North America (if not the world). Perhaps the most unexpected exhibitor was Dodge, which had their 2014 RAM diesel with the VM Motori EcoDiesel on display. Although unwilling to give a release date, Dodge was more than happy to let me snap a few pictures of their new truck.

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08/22/13

2015 Nissan Titan Diesel to Offer Cummins V8

2015-nissan-titan-cummins-5L-diesel-v8Nissan has been cautious about revealing details about the 2015 Nissan Titan, but on Tuesday they made their move and double-downed on the half ton segment by announcing that the 2015 Nissan Titan will come with a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel option.

This decision clearly indicates that Nissan is ready for a larger piece of the light truck market. And they couldn’t have made a better move considering Dodge opted to use the Italian VM Motori 3.0L EcoDiesel in their 2014 RAM 1500 rather than a Cummins.

In desperate need of an update, the 2015 Titan Diesel will face a long uphill battle not only against the Dodge, but against consumer perception as well. Nissan knows that they’re not a household name in the half ton market, but hopes that their partnership with Cummins will give them the needed credibility to sway truck buyers who had never previously considered the Titan.  Continue reading

02/14/13

2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Diesel

2014-Dodge-Ram-1500-DieselThe 2014 truck race is heating up – not only have Chevrolet, Jeep, and Ford released upcoming revisions, but now Dodge is putting the pressure on. Chrysler has announced that the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 will have an optional 3L V6 turbo-diesel in 2014. Dodge will be the first automaker to offer half-ton diesel in over 30 years.

Following the 3L V6  EcoDiesel Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ram 1500 will push its best in class fuel economy with the new EcoDiesel. Manufactured by Italian engine maker VM Motori, the 2014 Ram 1500 diesel will be paired with the eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which has already been proven in the SRT8 line.

It’s hard to say what the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel economy will be, but it’s inevitable that it’ll surpass the 2013 gasoline 1500 which boasts 25mpg. The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel produces 240hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque, but that’s not to say that Dodge won’t tune the 3L to increase towing capacity on the 2014 Ram 1500. Continue reading