Today, Ram Truck began shipping Ram 1500 EcoDiesel trucks from Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to dealers within the United States. Following EPA's best-in-class certification of 28 MPG, Ram Truck received more than 8,000 orders for the fuel-miser truck armed with 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 9,200 lbs. of towing capacity. Even more surprising is the amount of orders already paid for by customers— twice the corporate average of sold customer orders on a truck that customers have yet to test drive. Trucks are expected to arrive in showrooms across the U.S. over the next eight days.
Here is a video link shot at Warren Truck Assembly Plant
TDR writer John Holmes has submitted his draft for the next issue of the Turbo Diesel Register (due out in early May). In that article, he talks about trying to order a new 1500 with the V-6, 3.0-liter VM Motari diesel engine. Thus far, he has not been successful in placing an order.
Is this bad news or good news? How about just news? The following press release from the Ram public relations staff provides an update.
The bottom line is that writer, Homes, and yours truly will be waiting until sometime in the future to order a truck. Supply and demand. Not to mention I want a price-conscious Tradesman-style package.
Robert Patton, Editor
2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Orders Top More Than 8,000 Units in Three Days, Filling Initial Allocation
· Between the
afternoon of February 7th and the morning of February 10th, Ram
Truck received more than 8,000 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel orders, which quickly filled
the initial allocation for the exclusive powertrain
round of Ram 1500 EcoDiesel orders account for more than 50 percent of the
total order mix
order rate nearly twice the corporate average – an all-time high
response attributed to best-in-class 28 MPG with 9,200 lbs. of towing capacity
and strong consumer demand for exclusive light-duty diesel
customer orders for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel take priority over dealer stocking
On the heels of EPA’s certification of 28 MPG, Ram Truck
opened the initial order allocation for the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to receive
a flood of orders from dealers across the nation. More than 8,000 trucks
equipped with the fuel-sipping engine that packs 420 lb.-ft. of torque have
been placed—just over 50
percent of the total mix. Even more surprising is the amount of orders already
paid for by customers— twice
the corporate average of sold customer orders on a truck that customers have
yet to test drive.
“The Ram 1500 is the only half-ton truck available with a
diesel, so we see this as incremental business by having the only truck that
can offer best-in-class fuel economy of 28 MPG combined with 9,200 lbs. of
towing capacity,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand,
Chrysler Group LLC. “It’s every truck manufacturer’s dream to have this kind of
initial order demand for a product. Fuel economy is the No. 1 request of
half-ton buyers and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers without compromising capability.”
The EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 has earned a 28-mpg
rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best
highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup. It
also exceeds the EPA highway rating for the top-ranked small pickup. The
breakthrough results mean Ram keeps the half-ton fuel-economy record set last
year by the 2013 Ram 1500. Equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline
engine, the truck earned 25 mpg highway, a rating that stands for model-year
2014. The Ram 1500 now owns the half-ton pickup segment’s top two spots in the
EPA’s 2014 highway fuel-economy rankings.
Production of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel began in
February with a group of specialized trucks in popular configurations. Normal processes
place the initial build under quality review to assure every truck meets or
exceeds targets. Shipping is expected in March, keeping the planned delivery
within the first quarter of 2014.
Although Ram has reached its first planned order
allocation numbers in three days, customers who special order the new truck
will have priority in the build. Orders for dealer stocking will be filled once
sold customer orders are filled. The next order allocation of Ram 1500
EcoDiesel trucks will open in early March.
Ram 1500 Ram 1500 - the most recognizable pickup on the road -
delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with a
truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems including a fuel efficient and
powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine and first-in-segment technologies: TorqueFlite
eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management
system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille
shutters and air suspension. For 2014, the Ram 1500 offers a new, 3.0-liter
EcoDiesel engine that delivers an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel
efficiency 28 miles per gallon (mpg) - unsurpassed torque and up to 9,200
pounds of towing capability.
About Ram Truck Brand The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly
define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a
distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core
customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether
focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a
hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial
vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.
The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks
on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing
substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined
interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities.
Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs
and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are
designed to deliver a total package.
Back in October, TDR Writer Greg Whale and I attended a
press gathering in Columbus, Indiana to announce the availability of Cummins
new 5.0-liter diesel.Whale’s report
about the engine is found in Turbo Diesel Register Issue 83 (February/March/April – 2014), pages 58 –
As part of that event, we had the opportunity to tour the
plant that will make the 5.0 engine for the known customer, Nissan.And, while there are plans for several
commercial versions of the 5.0, it was hard to imagine why such a large amount
of manufacturing space was being developed for what seemed to be such a limited
As we have pointed out, Nissan sold only about 20,000 of
the Titan pickups last year.
Limited opportunity?Maybe yes.Maybe no.Here is a link to, as Paul Harvey would have
said, “The Rest of the Story.”The link
takes you to an article by Phillip Thomas published on The Truth About Cars
website. Click here to read the full article.
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A Small Cummins? Yes, I know ours is a Ram/Cummins 2500 - 5500 website (soon to be 1500 VM Motari too?), but I thought you would find this press release from Cummins about their 2.8-liter engine in a current Nissan small-size pickup, the Frontier. (Remember, it is the Titan that will receive the Cummins 5.0-liter engine some time in 2015.) Enjoy the press release information. Check out http://www.diseno-art.com/ for more photographs. If you would like to see more, www.pickuptrucks.com has a video about this concept vehicle. Let the rumors begin . . . .
Concept 2.8L Turbo Diesel Unveiled At Chicago Auto Show
Further Demonstrates Cummins Commitment To Innovation For The Pickup Truck Market
CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014) - Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Nissan
(NSANY) unveiled a technical study called the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner -
Powered by Cummins™ at the Chicago Auto Show. The heart of this vehicle is a
concept 2.8L turbo diesel engine - developed at the Cummins Technical Center in
Columbus, Ind. - that produces approximately 200 hp and over 350 lb-ft of
torque. This concept 2.8L has been matched with a Nissan Frontier Desert Runner
4x2 in a project to evaluate the viability of this package for North America.
Cummins has been powering pickup trucks around the world for
over 25 years, with engines including the B3.9, 5.9 and 6.7-liter Turbo
Diesels. The 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel for the next-generation Nissan Titan and the
ISF2.8, used in markets outside the United States, are the latest production
engines to power the pickup truck market.
The custom Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner - Powered by
Cummins on display is one of two trucks specially repowered by Cummins to
demonstrate the latest in diesel capabilities.
"These trucks really highlight modern clean-diesel
engine characteristics, with the durability and power that Cummins customers
have come to depend on," said Dave Crompton, Cummins Vice President and
General Manager - Engine Business. "The Nissan Frontier is a great
platform to demonstrate the potential of a Cummins-powered compact pickup for
the U.S. market, and this project will help to gauge market reaction and
evaluate future plans."
In addition to these 2.8L-powered concept trucks and the new
5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel for the next-generation Titan, Cummins, Johnson Matthey
and Nissan have partnered on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ATLAS research
project. The cost-shared research program is instrumental in developing new
diesel engine and emissions-control technology to meet future emissions
regulations and demanding fuel-economy requirements while delivering Cummins
performance and durability.
Photos presented by Diseno-art.com. For more photos, check out: http://www.diseno-art.com/
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