The Chrysler/Cummins Story

The Chrysler/Cummins Story

Back in the late 1970s, Chrysler was the only one of the big three automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup.  In 1978, General Motors was the first to offer a diesel and their Oldsmobile 350 Diesel was an existing V8 design that they retooled for diesel use. Ford followed in the early eighties with a 6.9L V-8 diesel that they bought from International Harvester.  Both of these engines were normally-aspirated and offered power similar to the gasoline powered version engine they offered. Then Chrysler jumped in.

Chrysler sourced their first diesel from Mitsubishi in 1981. It was a 4.0 liter, in-line six diesel and was thrifty and reliable.  However, at 105 hp and a dismal 169 lb-ft of torque, it was considered relatively underpowered.  Yet, the diesel engine proved popular enough that the company realized that needed a diesel permanently in their lineup, just a much more powerful one.

The solution to the problem came in the form of the Cummins B-series 6 cylinder engine. Cummins was a natural.  They had a stellar name in the commercial equipment business and their engines were rock-solid.  The timing was perfect too.  In the mid 1980s, Chrysler was in the midst of retooling the truck line and Cummins was aggressively marketing their new medium-duty diesel engine line. It was a match made in heaven and in 1989, the Cummins B-series engine first appeared in the Chrysler’s new RAM pickup line. The sales result? The Fords and Chevys never had a chance.  The RAM trucks with Cummins engines were a huge hit and sales were simply off the charts.

The history of the Chrysler-Cummings relationship continues today.  With a specification that would seem inconceivable just a few years ago, the 2015 RAM HD trucks will offer the latest generation 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel with an Aisin six-speed automatic. The specs? 385 hp and a mind-blowing 850 lb-ft of torque. The idea that we would be approaching the 1000-lb-ft mark in a standard factory-supplied diesel pickup is hard to believe, but we’re just probably only a few years away from it now.

Source: Pomoco Alfa Romeo Fiat of Newport News

Related posts

E FUN offers budget tablet with decent specs

E FUN has come up with a new product - a budget-oriented tablet that will satisfy the needs of all those people wanting a tablet but living on a budget. Despite its low price (just 169 USD) the E FUN Premium 8SE packs a punch – based on an 8-inch display working at 800 x 600 pixel resolution...

SteelSeries creates the Rival 700 gaming mouse

SteelSeries creates the Rival 700 gaming mouse

SteelSeries has pleased its fans once again with the official announcement of the Rival 700 – a new gaming mouse that comes with a unique feature – the mouse has a small-sized OLED display on its left side. The display shows different information to the user depending on the game being played...

Hitachi reveals 7mm-thick 2.5-inch hard drives

Hitachi GST today announced Z-Series HDD, which is just 7mm thick, makes it industry’s highest capacity 7mm 2.5-inch drive in a one-disk design . The new slim  Z-Series includes Travelstar Z7K320 Family, Travelstar Z5K320 and CinemaStar Z5K320 Family and will be available in 160GB, 250GB and...

Leave a comment