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The competition might come in 2011
US: New V8 diesels to surface in 2011
By: John Mortimer, Friday, January 07, 2011, AutomotiveWorld.com
Rumours abound in the US that two Ďdoomedí diesel engines will come to life in 2011.Cummins is set to supply 5.0-litre V8 diesel engines to Chrysler for fitment to the Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up, while General Motors will bring to life its 4.5-litre Duramax V8 diesel for pick-up use.
Dodge Ram dealers are mystified that a 2011 5.0-litre Ram 1500 with a two-mode hybrid transmission has appeared in their vehicle ordering system. Sources suggest that while the Ram 1500 was not officially cancelled, neither has Chrysler officially committed to it.
In 2009, during Chryslerís bankruptcy proceedings, a Cummins spokesman admitted that while Chryslerís initial contract with Cummins was dead, the programme itself had not died, suggesting Cummins was still working on the engine programme.
The new Duramax V8 is reportedly heading for some GM pick-ups as well as possible large-car applications. The engine can improve fuel economy by 25% and CO2 by 13%. The engine reputedly delivers 310bhp and 520lb ft torque.
Both Cumminsís 4.5-litre V8 and GMís Duramax turbocharged diesel engines feature compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder blocks
I hope that this rumour is going into reality
The Ford Chihuahua-plant has reportedly a capacity of 400.000 annual 4.4-liter diesels that for the moment is produced at a low rate at 30.000/year for Land Rover. A good competion in the US might speed up the production.