Checking out the local gas station as I was filling up since I may get
soon and they still sell 500 PPM sulpher diesel. What is the point of
80% of diesel production be Ultra Low Sulpher when nobody has to sell
Also diesel Rams now meet 2010 emission standards but not the
Seems odd since Sprinter comes from Europe where diesel is big....
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- New 2007 Dodge Ram 2500
and 3500 with Cummins 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine is first Chrysler
Group BLUETEC vehicle and first to meet stringent 2010 truck emissions
standards in all 50 states.
- 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine achieves 2010 NOx emission
standards three years early, making it the cleanest and
heavy-duty pickup truck in the market
- BLUETEC-equipped 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty available in March,
at $33,650 (includes destination)
- 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty is the first Chrysler Group BLUETEC
- Breakthrough emissions technology along with the use of Ultra Low
Diesel (ULSD) enables "systems approach" to improve air quality
- Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions reduced by as much as 90 percent;
particulate emissions virtually eliminated
- Diesel engines provide up to 30 percent better fuel economy when
compared to equivalent gasoline engines
Today at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), together with the Department of Energy (DOE),
Chrysler Group and Cummins, recognized the new 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy
Duty as the cleanest mass-production diesel-engine pickup truck on the
Available in dealerships in March, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty's 6.7-liter
Cummins turbodiesel engine is the first to meet 2010 truck emissions
standards in all 50 states, and will be significantly cleaner than
other pickup trucks. It is the first BLUETEC vehicle from the Chrysler
"This new technology is a significant validation of industry's ability
to meet EPA's 2010 clean diesel standards. These innovations help power
our economy and drive our environmental successes," said Bill Wehrum,
EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.
The new 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty engine uses a diesel particulate
filter (DPF) to virtually eliminate particulate matter emissions and an
adsorber catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by as much as 90
"The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck with the new 6.7-liter Cummins
turbodiesel engine is the cleanest diesel truck available on the
market," said Tom LaSorda, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Chrysler Group. "Working together with Cummins, Dodge is the only
manufacturer to meet stringent 2010 emissions standards -- today.
That's great news for our Heavy Duty customers -- 80 percent of whom
choose the diesel option."
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks' long-standing relationship with Cummins
was established in 1988 and continues to thrive with new, more
powerful, more efficient and cleaner turbodiesel engines. In Indiana
late last year, Cummins produced the 1.5-millionth diesel engine for
the Dodge Ram.
"Partnerships like the one we have enjoyed with the DOE and the
leadership shown by the EPA on ULSD have provided the right environment
for this technological breakthrough," said Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman
and CEO. "We continue to research and invest in technologies that
ensure Dodge Ram heavy- duty trucks equipped with the Cummins
turbodiesel engine are as clean as they are powerful."
Improved Emissions and Durability
In addition to the NOx adsorber and the DPF, the 6.7-liter turbodiesel
engine includes other technologies to improve fuel efficiency and
reduce unburned hydrocarbons.
- A cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system combines with a
uniquely designed piston combustion bowl and a high-flow,
electronically-controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT(TM)),
matching boost pressure with the engine's performance needs to
emissions and improve drivability
- Within the exhaust system, a self-cleaning DPF and an oxidation
reduces particulate matter by a factor of 10. The emissions system
designed for a government-certified 120,000 miles
- A new closed crankcase ventilation system eliminates crankcase
oil carry-over, a common problem with past diesels
As durable as it is powerful, the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel has
life- to-major overhaul intervals of 350,000 miles, providing more than
a 100,000- mile advantage over the competition.
Nearly 40 percent of the new engine's parts are carryover, with
modifications geared to surpass emissions standards and increase
horsepower and torque, while maintaining the durability associated with
Dodge and Cummins.
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins
turbodiesel engine will begin appearing in dealerships in March,
starting at $33,650 including destination.
Chrysler Group Diesel-powered Models
In the United States, current Chrysler Group diesel-powered models
include the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, powered by the new 6.7-liter Cummins
turbodiesel; the all-new Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab, with a new
6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel; the Dodge Sprinter, with a 2.7-liter
Common-rail Direct Injection (CDI) turbodiesel; and the Jeep(R) Grand
Cherokee, featuring a new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine (which hits
the market early this year).
In Europe, diesel-powered models account for more than half of Chrysler
Group sales. Diesel versions of numerous Chrysler Group vehicles
continue to be popular, including the Chrysler 300C, Chrysler PT
Cruiser, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Compass, as well as the all-new
2007 Dodge Caliber and 2007 Jeep Wrangler.
Advanced diesel technology is part of the Chrysler Group's advanced
propulsion technology umbrella, which also includes efficient gasoline
engines, hybrids, flex-fuel vehicles and biodiesel capability.
With a U.S. market share of 6 percent, Dodge is the Chrysler Group's
best- selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S.
automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles
in the global market. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market with a
20 percent market share in the U.S. In the highly competitive truck
market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share. Dodge is also entering key
European volume segments with Nitro and Caliber.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary
business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines
and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air
handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power
generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins serves
customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550
company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than
5,000 dealer locations. Cummins produces the diesel for the Dodge Ram
2500 and 3500 series.