I frankly think that it is foolish to keep this on the shelf. engineering dollars have been spent, so bring it to market allready!
I feel that this would be a perfect tahoe/suburban engine, as folks love the big suvs for their safety and capability, but are not pleases with the mediocre fuel economy of a gas powered mill. a 4.5l duramax and a 6 speed hydra-matic would be a beautiful combination in a SUV.
onto the pickups, many people drive pickups. in the half-ton segment, these folks may be city dwellers that buy a truck for the safety factor, or the all season versatility, or the people that work these trucks on a farm, ranch, or construction site. One thing that they have in common is that nearly all folks that buy a truck buy it for a reason. similar to the SUV market, people love these vehicles and will continue to buy them for a long time, and would welcome a jump in fuel efficiency that would be provided by the 4.5L duramax.
since the last diesel suburban and diesel half ton in the GMT400 body style, people have been hoping and waiting for GM to return them to market. Lets get going GM!
US: New V8 diesels to surface in 2011
By: John Mortimer, Friday, January 07, 2011, AutomotiveWorld.com
Rumours abound in the US that two ‘doomed’ 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 Chrysler’s bankruptcy proceedings, a Cummins spokesman admitted that while Chrysler’s 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 Cummins’s 4.5-litre V8 and GM’s 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.
Makes you wonder what will happen to diesel prices as more diesel motors come to more models, and makers might be holding back for the reason of better emmissions, as the goverment keeps making them make them cleaner and ??greener?? keep the motor that can meet new requirments to make them loosen there belt a bit... maybe I am over thinking it.
Our worthless govt will never let it happen. Why? If the national average fuel economy is 25mpg, and it goes to 40mpg like that bum Obama talked about, the govt would lose tax revenue on the fuel that doesn't get sold, and worst of all for the dummy liberals, the Saudis get upset by the lack of product shipped. Case in point, Washington state 2008 when fuel prices were high. A good chunk of people bought hybrids. So many that the demand for fuel dropped, and so did state tax revenue. The governor mulled over legistlation on putting GPS in vehicles so they could institute a mpg tax. Lucky for those people it got defeated, it never happened. But, it just goes to show what would happen.
Remember the Mahindra pickup with the tiny 4 cyl diesel? Why did it take so long to deliver the truck to our shores? The EPA. Big battle with EPA over the window sticker. And when it came out, it was an obviously false estimation of mpg the truck would get. That pissed consumers off that were in line to get one, and they backed out. As far as I can tell, Mahindra pulled out of this market because of all the red tape. Consumers should have known that the posted numbers were false, but I think most people in America now a days, are just plain stupid and dont know what they are looking at. So, the govt uses the EPA to play games with the manufacturers. False or not, they post or prevent what ever they want and nobody questions these bums. Thats why the EPA must be defunded and dissolved. Im for environmentally responsible practices, but the EPA isn't about that anymore. Now you know what they are for...
The people who voted for Obama, the Bushbots, and people who believe the crybaby Boener is going to save us are the ones who got us where we are.
If you can look it up you will find out who it was that signed the pollution laws that are in they were all done buy 2004 that would be when there was a republican house, senate, and president. Let us get the BS out of the site. I smell FOX burning.
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