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Ram Boosts Production of EcoDiesel Trucks

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/30/2014 Kelly Pleskot

To satisfy high demand for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Chrysler Group will increase production at two North American plants.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4

Chrysler now expects diesels to account for 20 percent of the Ram 1500 production volume, which is double what was originally planned.

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The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel debuted earlier this year and received 8,000 orders within the first three days of its availability. The truck is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, and this engine is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Towing comes in at 9,200 pounds. With top fuel economy coming in at 20/28 mpg city/highway, the Ram 1500 exceeds its Ford and Chevrolet rivals.

Currently, the Ram EcoDiesel is the only light-duty diesel truck on the market, but this will soon change. Diesel variants of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will debut next year, although these are much smaller trucks. No performance or fuel economy information has been released on these newcomers.

The production boost should take full effect by November, Chrysler said. The Ram EcoDiesel is currently produced at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan and the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico.

Source: Chrysler

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