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

Swiftech H240-X is an all-in-one CPU cooler

Swiftech H240-X is an all-in-one CPU cooler

Swiftech, a maker of CPU cooling solutions, has released the new H240-X liquid CPU cooler, which is the successor to the successful H220-X model. The H240-X is an all-in-one (AIO) solution but unlike the older H220-X cooler it comes with a few improvements including an even larger dual 140 mm...

First pics of Huawei Mate 7 Mini

First pics of Huawei Mate 7 Mini

The first unofficial pictures of the upcoming Huawei Mate 7 Mini have reached the Internet and they show a thin and stylish chassis that houses powerful hardware. The forthcoming smartphone is housed in a sturdy and light chassis that is made from aviation-grade aluminum and there are very...

Nokia announced its first TD-SCDMA phone - Nokia 6788

Nokia announced the Nokia 6788, its first device for TD-SCDMA - China's domestic 3G standard, at an event in Beijing. The Nokia 6788 is the result of close collaboration between Nokia and the world's largest mobile phone operator, China Mobile. Speaking at the event, said Olli-Pekka...

Leave a comment