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RAM Trucks 3.0L EcoDiesel Makes Ward’s Top 10 Engine List 2 Years Running

There was a lot of excitement generated back in 2013 when Chrysler announced that a diesel engine would be available on the 2014 half-ton Ram pickups. To get a diesel from any other manufacturer on the continent, you need to look at the ¾ ton offerings – Ford’s F250 or GM’s 2500 series.

There was some doubt cast when it was announced that Ram wasn’t giving the business to Cummins, who have an available 5 Litre power plant that’s just begging to be put in a Light truck, but instead would be using a smaller 3 Litre V6 engine from Italy’s VM Motori, a company that Chrysler/Fiat had a relationship with. Indeed, that relationship would become more solid almost immediately, as following the announcement that the Ram half-ton would use the company’s engine, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bought the company in its entirety, paying handsomely for the large portion that was previously owned by General Motors.

Despite initial reservations, the EcoDiesel has proven itself to be a very popular engine. Though outsold by Chrysler’s gasoline offerings, fuel conscious consumers can now choose to pay the premium price of the engine in exchange for head-turning mileage numbers – 20 mpg in the city, and 28 on the highway for the 2 wheel drive model. The four wheel drive numbers are equally impressive 19/27.

EcoDiesel performance is also very good. The 3.0 puts out 240 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque, enough to haul 1600 pounds, and tow 9200 pounds. Drivability ratings have been fantastic, in large part thanks to Chrysler’s 8-Speed Torqueflite transmission.

Despite a relatively small (3000 units) recall caused by exhaust fumes entering the cabin, consumer reviews of the EcoDiesel equipped Ram have been very positive, and the power plant has made it to Ward’s list of the 10 best engines for both the 2014 and 2015 model years.

At IAMDiesel, we applaud Chrysler’s willingness to put a diesel engine in a smaller truck, and we’re hoping other manufacturers will follow suit. No matter the make or size of your diesel vehicle, we’re proud to support you with the best service in Manitoba. We are located in the Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556.

Buying A Diesel Vehicle?

There are a lot of reasons to choose a diesel engine as the power plant in your next vehicle. Diesel is more economical than a comparable gasoline powered vehicle, provides plenty of power for acceleration and towing (thanks to turbocharging), and diesel vehicles tend to last far longer than the average, and provide very reliable service.

There are a few things you should consider when shopping for a diesel car or truck:

Get it Inspected
Yes, diesel engines last a long time, but they’re not infallible. We recommend that you participate in the Canadian Automobile Association’s Pre-Purchase Inspection Program. The Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo is an Approved Auto Repair Service, which means that we meet the tough standards the CAA sets out for repair shops. They recognize our knowledge, experience, and level of expertise in dealing with our customers. We provide inspection of diesel vehicles to a large number of area car dealers, who recognize that we’re the experts in diesel.

CAA recommends that you have a Pre-Purchase Inspection before buying a used vehicle, before your warranty expires, and before any major repairs, to help you make informed decisions that work for you.

Use Only Quality Replacement Parts
Because they’re going to be called on to work long and hard, it’s important to use only the best quality parts when repairing your diesel vehicle’s powertrain. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of parts for your vehicle, all of which meet our (and your manufacturer’s) exacting standards for quality and longevity. Maintained correctly, your diesel engine is designed to provide you years of trouble free service. Don’t invite problems by using substandard components when fixing it.

For expert diesel service in Winnipeg, come to the diesel service centre at Western Turbo. Our facility is located at 325 Eagle Drive. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

5 Good Reasons to Choose a Diesel

1. Fewer Fill Ups
Diesel vehicles are more fuel-efficient than those with gasoline powered engines, especially when measured over long distances at highway speed. The higher compression ratio in the diesel power plant, coupled with the ability to burn leaner (a higher air: fuel ratio) means better efficiency. Because diesel fuel contains about 15% more energy by volume than gasoline means that you’ll fill up less frequently.

2. Increased Longevity
Diesel engines last longer than their gasoline counterparts. They’re built more ruggedly in order to withstand the high compression ratios, and so are often still delivering reliable performance long after a gas motor has gone to the automotive graveyard.

3. Clean Diesel
Everyone remembers the diesels of the past – smelly, loud, and slow. Today’s clean diesel technology means that you’ll often have trouble telling a running diesel from a gasoline powered vehicle. Emissions regulations have changed engine technology, and even the fuel itself. Some of the cleanest vehicles on the road are diesels.

4. Turbochargers
Diesel vehicles are known for their ability to provide lots of torque, but not high end power to provide speed, which is why in the past they were used extensively in big trucks and heavy equipment, but not often in passenger vehicles. With the advent of good, reliable turbochargers, this has changed. Sure, your diesel truck can pull out a tree stump unassisted, but it can also provide head-snapping acceleration.

5. The Best Service in the Business
IAmDIESEL is the Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection in Winnipeg. We’re your area diesel engine experts, equipped with 9 service bays and a staff full of highly trained technicians who can keep your diesel vehicle performing optimally. Whether you’ve got 4, 6, or 18 wheels, we’ve got you covered.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-665-7556.

Heavy Duty Diesel or Gas Pickup Truck, Which is Best for You?

Have you been mulling over getting a heavy duty diesel, but you’re just not sure if you should make the switch or not? It’s true, a diesel truck will give you more power and more engine life overall.

There are a number of pros and cons that are dependant upon many factors, from your lifestyle, to your job, to what you do in your leisure time.

If you have friends with diesel pickup trucks, talk to them about their experience and satisfaction with their vehicle. Read this article for more details about the major differences between diesel and gas pickups.

If you have more questions after your read, we’d be happy to answer them!

A Special Truck Needs Special Care – The Basics of Maintaining Your Diesel Truck

Maybe once the shine wore off your brand spanking new diesel truck, you started to think of it as just another vehicle that you can maintain like the others.

But diesel engine care is different than the norm, and keeping your engine in good running condition requires some tender loving care. Here are 5 basic tips to keep in mind when planning the maintenance of your diesel truck.

Come and see the team at the Diesel Service Centre for all of your diesel questions and needs.

Truck News

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Isuzu Trucks has announced the latest addition to their N-Series diesel trucks – the NPR-XD.

The NPR-XD bridges the gap between the NPR-HD (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500-lb) and the NQR (17,950-lb GVWR) with a weight rating of 16,000-lb.

“This new diesel model meets a number of vocational applications and requirements that previously might have required moving from an NPR-HD up to the NQR,” said Shaun Skinner, executive vice-president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Now, the NPR-XD offers more payload capacity at an even more competitive price.”

The new NPR-XD standard cab will be available in the 109-, 132.5-, 150 -and 176-inch wheelbases. The crew cab will be available in 150- and 176-inch wheelbases. Every NPR-XD is powered by the Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-litre diesel engine and with a six-speed automatic transmission the powerplant gives 215 horsepower.

Mazda To Delay SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Launch In North America

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Mazda Canada Inc. has announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.

While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it has decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.

Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.

Greater Value with Diesels

With all of the recent buzz about hybrids and electric vehicles, be careful not to overlook the comeback of the diesel. Diesel powered coupes and sedans took a long hiatus, but they are back and they have undergone drastic developments. The introduction of ultra-low sulfur clean diesel fuels, more efficient turbochargers and intercoolers, and direct fuel injection has yielded the automotive industry a viable ally in the fight for fuel conservation.

Despite the added initial cost of some diesel cars, most are economically sensible. The EPA estimated average improvement in fuel mileage, over their gasoline powered counterparts, is approximately thirty-percent, but that is assuming that only forty-five percent of the miles are driven on the highway. If you live and work near the highway, depending upon the length of you commute, you are likely to drive a greater percentage of highway miles, thus you should see improvements in that estimate; making the diesel option an even greater idea.

In addition to the fuel savings, the resale value of the typical diesel powered car is greater than either the hybrid, electric, or gasoline powered version of the same model. Statistically, diesel powered cars are five-percent more valuable than gasoline powered models when it is time to resell them.

When it comes to the hybrid and electric models; diesel wins hands down.
• Diesel fuel is available nearly anywhere.
• Diesel powered vehicles are capable of travelling long distances (without a recharge).
• Modern turbocharged diesel cars have the edge in performance over hybrid cars.

Turbocharger’s future in North America

North America‘s turbo ‘revolution’

The change in the market in North America – led by Ford – is particularly remarkable; in 2008, there were no turbocharged petrol engines made in North America, all previous turbo-fitted engines having been imported. The first North American built turbocharged petrol engine was fitted to the Lincoln MKS which used the first North American EcoBoost engine. This engine has since been fitted to the Ford Flex, Explorer and most significantly the F-series pick-up trucks.

“GM has been somewhat behind Ford in terms of the fitment of turbochargers, but it is slowly going down the same route,” said Ian Henry. “It has already started on this journey – the 2012 Cadillac XTS had a turbo option on the 3.6 litre V6 engine. GM is however also working on improving the fuel efficiency of its naturally aspirated engines and has claimed that it can achieve similar fuel efficiencies gains to those available with turbochargers through other means.”

“The impetus at Chrysler will come from Fiat’s MultiAir programme,” adds Henry.

The CAFE rules announced in 2012 will force GM and Chrysler to accelerate their use of fuel saving technologies such as turbochargers and a large part of the increased volumes which will be seen in the next few years and into the 2020s come from the widening take-up across these VMs, Ford having led the way.

According to just-auto’s QUBE data, North America currently has a turbo fitment rate below 20% but by the late 2020s, if not before, its fitment rate will be much closer to that of Europe, at close to 75%.

Best Regards,

Kenny Taylor
General Manager
Melett North America, Inc

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Biodiesel Fight Heating Up

The National Biodiesel Board is teaming up with Diesel Technology Forum to “fight for clean diesel technology”. By joining the National Biodiesel Board hopes to help raise the awareness of the benefits of diesel over other fuels.