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Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year – Again

Chrysler’s big rig delivers body blow to new Chevy Silverado.

by on Dec.04, 2013

The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

The full-size Ram 1500 pickup has been named Motor Trend Truck of the Year – a doubly significant victory not only considering all the tough competition this year but for the fact that the Ram is the first-ever back-to-back winner of the widely followed award.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate.  The magazine focused its attention this year on the new EcoDiesel V6 version of the Ram 1500, the market’s first light-duty pickup to offer a high-mileage oil-burner under the hood.

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“Not only did (the Ram diesel) withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and, most notable, its fuel-efficient, segment-exclusive EcoDiesel V-6. With 420 pound-feet of torque and up to 28 ‘Real MPG’ highway, the EcoDiesel is a true game-changer,” said Motor Trend’s Editor-In-Chief Ed Loh.

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Ford Readies All-New Super-Duty Diesel

New design could spawn light truck diesel, but no plans in place.

by on Sep.08, 2009

Ford developed its 2011 Power Stroke diesel in-house and expects "substantial" improvements in horsepower, torque and mileage.

Ford developed its 2011 Power Stroke diesel in-house and expects "substantial" improvements in horsepower, torque and mileage.

Ford Motor Co. is ready to roll out the first diesel engine it has developed entirely in-house, a quiet, technically-sophisticated and high-mileage “oil-burner” that will replace the old Power Stroke diesel had been outsourcing.

The new 6.7-liter V8 will appear in Ford’s biggest, Super-Duty trucks, models like the F350, where buyers are seeking a mix of stump-pulling torque and high mileage.  But the new diesel could very well be transformed into the fuel-efficient powertrain that many analysts believes the automaker needs in its light-duty F-150, as well.

So Ford officials confirm, but they quickly stress that there are no plans to launch an F-150 diesel, at least not until they can figure out a profitable business equation.

Turbocharged!

Turbocharged!

Known internally as Scorpion, the new V-8 is the result of a nearly 4-year development project that was handled much like some of the legendary Skunkworks programs at Lockheed – with developers moving away from the main Ford engineering campus in an effort to minimize the typical bureaucratic interference.

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Spy Shots: GM’s LML Duramax 2011 Silverado / Sierra Trucks

First look at the stump-puller of an engine hiding under the hood of "test mule."

by on Jun.22, 2009

GM 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel

GM 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel

Diesels may be in the dumps when it comes to light-duty pickup trucks but things are starting to get hot in the heavy-duty segment.  New federal emissions rules set to take effect in 2010 have sent Ford and General Motors back to the drawing boards (the current Dodge Ram HD and its 6.7-liter Cummins I6 already meets 2010 emissions).

We’ve previously reported about Ford’s upcoming 6.7-liter eight-cylinder in-house replacement for the current 6.4-liter V-8 Power Stroke, code-named “Scorpion.” Now, we’ve received new information from sources about GM’s updated 6.6-liter Duramax V-8, plus this close-up spy photo.

General Motors uses three letter identifiers to designate each new iteration of Duramax. The current 2007-10 ‘LMM’ Duramax is designed to run on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and work with a diesel particulate filter to cut soot emissions by 90 percent from 2006 levels. The LMM replacement is said to be called the ‘LML’ Duramax.

Subscribe to TheDetroitBureau.comThe LML Duramax is expected to be GM’s cleanest diesel engine yet. Some have speculated that its displacement would grow to 6.9-liters for emissions reasons but our sources say it will continue to be a 6.6-liter V-8.

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