Ram Gets Cummins with BLUETEC to Meet 2010 Emissions Standards in 2007
Today at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), together with the Department of Energy (DOE), Chrysler Group and Cummins, recognized the new 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty as the cleanest mass-production diesel-engine pickup truck on the market.
in dealerships in March, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty’s 6.7-liter Cummins
turbodiesel engine is the first to meet 2010 truck emissions standards
in all 50 states, and will be significantly cleaner than other pickup
trucks. It is the first BLUETEC vehicle from the Chrysler Group.
The new 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty engine uses a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to virtually eliminate particulate matter emissions and an adsorber catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by as much as 90 percent.
“The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck with the new 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine is the cleanest diesel truck available on the market,” said Tom LaSorda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Group. “Working together with Cummins, Dodge is the only manufacturer to meet stringent 2010 emissions standards -- today. That’s great news for our Heavy Duty customers – 80 percent of whom choose the diesel option.”
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks’ long-standing relationship with Cummins was established in 1988 and continues to thrive with new, more powerful, more efficient and cleaner turbodiesel engines. In Indiana late last year, Cummins produced the 1.5-millionth diesel engine for the Dodge Ram.
“Partnerships like the one we have enjoyed with the DOE and the leadership shown by the EPA on ULSD have provided the right environment for this technological breakthrough,” said Tim Solso, Cummins Chairman and CEO. “We continue to research and invest in technologies that ensure Dodge Ram heavy-duty trucks equipped with the Cummins turbodiesel engine are as clean as they are powerful.”
Improved Emissions and Durability
In addition to the NOx adsorber and the DPF, the 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine includes other technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce unburned hydrocarbons.
Nearly 40 percent of the new engine’s parts are carryover, with modifications geared to surpass emissions standards and increase horsepower and torque, while maintaining the durability associated with Dodge and Cummins.
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine will begin appearing in dealerships in March, starting at $33,650 including destination.