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The Ram pickup truck will become the first to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all of its three fullsize pickup truck segments, including the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 Heavy Duty and Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. Ram said it beats the competition in the two most sought-after titles […]

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Ram said it received a flood of orders from dealers across the nation for its 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. More than 8,000 trucks equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine have been ordered—just over 50 percent of the total mix. Even more surprising said Ram is the amount of orders already paid for by customers— twice […]

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Wards revealed its 2014 ten best engines winners and, interestingly, the list includes one electric motor, three engines fueled by diesel and various using turbocharging. Eight of the winning engines use direct fuel injection. Tom Murphy of WardsAuto said this illustrates “the importance of fuel economy as automakers develop and market advanced new powertrains.” WardsAuto […]

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While announcing a vehicle electrification project, Chrysler announced today a partnership to study the use of lightweight alloys. Chrysler Group LLC said it has signed on to a three-year, $3.9 million project supported by the Canadian government to explore ways to leverage the weight-saving properties of aluminum and magnesium alloys for vehicle production. Chrysler Group […]

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A new Cummins diesel V8 engine will be powering some 2015 pickup trucks. Cummins Inc. announced the ISV5.0, a new 5-liter V8 diesel engine designed to power pickup-and-delivery vehicles, other light- and medium-duty trucks, school buses and motorhomes. The ISV5.0 extends Cummins range of clean-diesel engines for North American vehicles, and features industry-leading technology that […]

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Chrysler, through its Ram truck division, is bringing back to the market the possibility of having a diesel-powered light duty truck. Ram will offer in its 2014 1500 a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, combined with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers, according to the company, an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, unsurpassed torque […]

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After a year of competitive testing, Zenith Motors has selected UQM Technologies, Inc. to provide PowerPhase Pro 135 systems as the drivetrain in its all-electric shuttle vans. Shipments of the PowerPhase Pro 135 systems to Zenith Motors are scheduled to begin in June 2013. “This agreement with Zenith Motors demonstrates the strength of our product […]

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Chrysler Group LLC announced March 6 that it has begun the delivery of 242 new 2013 Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the state of Oklahoma. The state of Oklahoma’s order is the Company’s largest customer order since production of the CNG trucks began in October. Peter Grady, Vice President of Network […]

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Last November, FIAT-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and his lieutenants spent a long day laying out the details of their plans for a new Chrysler that would compete on all fronts, including cars that would compete in a growing field of hybrid and electric cars. Since then, an electric version of the FIAT 500 has made […]

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Update: The Dodge Ram Hybrid has been on-again, off-again for several years. As of mid-March 2010, it’s off—apparently down and out for the count. Sometime in 2010, Dodge will probably unveil the full hybrid version of its big, bold Ram Pickup. Right now, all we know for sure is that it’ll be called the Dodge […]

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