Ram 1500 EcoDiesel To Make Up 20 Percent of Half Ton ProductionPosted in News on September 30, 2014
Thanks to the popular demand, Ram Truck has just announced that 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production will be ramping up to 20 percent of the total Ram 1500 production. It seems that Ram Truck just can’t build enough of these cool new fuel efficient half-ton light duty diesel pickup trucks that can put in a hard day’s work without breaking the bank at the pump.
There’s no question that the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is America’s most fuel-efficient pickup truck. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft 24-valve V-6 engine that produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and is more efficient than all V-6 gasoline engines in the half-ton category, delivering a best-in-class 28 MPG.
The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel had such popularity that when orders became available earlier this year, Ram Truck received more than 8,000 requests within three days, which quickly filled the initial allocation for the exclusive powertrain. If you think these light duty fuel efficient trucks are not real truck in every sense of the word, think again. The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel can still tow up to 9,200 pounds through steep grades.
“Innovation sometimes comes with risk, but being first to market with a diesel engine for the half-ton segment has shown to be a great decision for the Ram Brand,” added Hegbloom. “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a game-changer in the industry, and has proved to be a key to conquest sales over our competitors.”
Ram Truck worked with powertrain supplier VM Motori (Fiat Group Automobiles) to increase production to meet the North American consumer demand. The total increase in EcoDiesel mix will be completed by the end of November at both the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan and Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico.
While the vast majority of half-ton trucks still rely on spark plugs and gasoline, Ram Truck might be setting a new precedent that will pave the way for the light duty turbo-diesel pickup truck segment.