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No Diesels for Small Chryslers, Says Marchionne

Fiat not interested in acquiring Opel.

by on Jan.12, 2012

While the Jeep Grand Cherokee is set to get a new diesel, Chrysler won't be using the high-mileage technology in its small cars.

Chrysler will begin building the diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit early in 2013. But Fiat/Chrysler chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said he doesn’t expect diesel engines to move from large trucks and SUVs into smaller passenger cars in the U.S.

The necessary emission controls make the engines too expensive, Marchionne said during an appearance at the Automotive News World Congress. The Canadian-born executive also said Chrysler won’t begin preparing the Jefferson North plant to build a new Maserati SUV — using a Ferrari engine — until 2013 and dismissed speculation Fiat could be lining up to make a bid for Opel.

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He also said the industry has a social responsibility to improve fuel economy. “The fuel efficiency challenge is one of the biggest issues facing the industry, and not just because of daunting government regulations. As an industry, we need to look beyond the narrow interests of our industry and embrace ecological responsibility because we owe it to future generations,” he said.

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Cummins, Chrysler Extend Truck Diesel Deal

Multi-year deal okayed by new Chrysler management.

by on Feb.03, 2010

This 2010 Dodge Ram 4500 features a 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel.

Cummins Inc. has signed a multiyear extension of its current agreement to supply Chrysler Group LLC with 6.7-liter turbodiesel engines for the automaker’s Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks.

The announcement is a vote of confidence in Chrysler from a key supplier and both companies said the partners expected to expand on the 21-year-old relationship in the future.

Cummins has produced over 1.7 million Cummins turbodiesel engines for Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks since 1989.  More than 80% of Ram Heavy Duty truck customers purchase their truck with the Cummins “oil-burner,” which not only gives them significantly power mileage than conventional gasoline powertrains but also a lot more cargo-hauling torque.

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The first Cummins Turbo Diesel, in 1989, was a 5.9-liter V8 rated at 160 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Today the 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel delivers 350 hp and 650 lb-ft.

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