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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.

Dieselgate – The Impact of Volkswagen’s Diesel Emissions Scandal

For years, Volkswagen was hailed as the last great champion of diesel technology for passenger cars. While the percentage of diesel cars on the road here in North America is relatively low, in Europe they represent almost half of the vehicles on the road.

VW coined the phrase “Clean Diesel”, and had that small part of the market here in North America cornered. Relatively few but fervent, millions of customers went to dealerships to see what the fuss was about. Volkswagen’s TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) power plants in passenger cars like the Jetta, Passat, and even the retro-styled New Beetle, as well as the Audi A3, were making impressive mileage numbers while complying with North America’s toughest emission laws, even in notoriously strict jurisdictions like California.

Combining the excellent performance, mileage, and longevity of diesel engines, Volkswagen was becoming the brand of choice for very discerning customers on this side of the Atlantic.

The problem was that they were cheating. They could not achieve the mileage and performance demanded of them and still maintain acceptable emissions, particularly in the two gases that comprise the oxides of nitrogen (Nox), nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. In order to maintain the performance that customers wanted, Volkswagen included some devious software in their vehicles that could detect when they were being tested, and adjust the engine’s performance to ensure that the vehicle emissions are lowered so that the car passed the test.

When finally detected by the California Air Resources Board, Volkswagen at first denied that there was any shenanigans committed on their part, but when the Board threatened not to approve any cars for 2016, the company came clean (at least about the software).

In the end, the company is facing countless lawsuits in over 12 countries, and is on the hook to fix millions of cars. Consumers have lost faith in the automaker, and what’s worse, they’re calling the effectiveness and efficiency of the diesel engine into question.

At IAMDiesel, we’re still all about diesel. We know that it’s an economical, responsible alternative to gasoline engines, and we’re committed to helping you get the most from your vehicle.

Visit IAMDiesel at Western Turbo & Fuel Injection, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

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.

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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.

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Clean diesel automobile sales in the United States have increased 25.6 percent in 2012, according to sales information compiled by HybridCars.Com and Baum and Associates.   http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-clean-diesel-auto-sales-increase-256-percent-in-2012-181048881.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

ADS News – The Passenger Car & Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) Diesel Engine Market 2013-2023

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Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 – 8:35 am

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Passenger Car & Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) Diesel Engine Market 2013-2023 Diesel engines are becoming an increasingly attractive solution to high oil prices and the resulting high running costs of passenger cars and LDVs. Diesel engines are 20-40% more efficient than petrol engines depending on vehicle size and performance. Higher efficiency results in lower fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions for comparable performance. Diesel engines thus offer a solution to both economic and environmental challenges in the automotive sector. As a consequence Visiongain has determined that the total number of unit sales in the passenger car & LDV diesel engine market in 2013 will reach 11.54m.

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BorgWarner’s award-winning regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbo-charging technology boosts performance while helping improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions for the first four-cylinder engine in the history of the Mercedes S-Class. The 2.2-liter diesel S 250 CDI Blue EFFICIENCY is the first car in the luxury segment to consume less than 6 liters of fuel per 100 km.

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Everybody wants more for less these days, and that premise is the key to the success of Drive’s Car of Year for 2011, the Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI.

The family-sized Benz has more torque, or pulling power, than a lot of petrol-guzzling V8s, yet it uses less fuel than the average city runabout.

The secret to this impressive balancing act is the diesel engine that lurks beneath its stately bonnet. 

So what makes diesel cars, and our Car of the Year, the Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI, a winning formula?

Well, for a start the C250CDI can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just a tick over seven seconds, which is similar performance to a big six-cylinder petrol engine. Take it out on the freeway and its rolling acceleration will be the equal of many V8s, which makes long-distance cruising and overtaking an effortless exercise.

That is impressive in itself, but when you add the fact that it uses a claimed average of 5.1 litres per 100km – less than the tiny Volkswagen Polo – it is outstanding. The figures help explain why 20 of the 46 vehicles in this year’s awards are diesel powered.

Fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions have become a top priority for every car maker and modern common-rail diesel engines, matched to the latest fuel-saving techno-trickery, are one of the easiest paths to greener motoring.

The Mercedes, and nine other finalists, use stop-start technology to improve fuel consumption in congested cities. When the car is stopped at the lights, the engine switches off to save fuel.

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Volkswagen is fuming over the Obama Administration’s proposal to double auto fuel efficiency, saying the plan unfairly values hybrid and all-electric cars over clean diesel, a technology VW has pioneered.

Volkswagen is committed to continually making fuel efficient vehicles, such as the new mid-size, clean diesel Passat TDI, available to the U.S. market. Built in Chattanooga, TN, the Passat TDI achieves 43 mpg highway and can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The Obama Administration unveiled a proposed rule that would require automakers to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, estimating that the change would add $2,000 to the average price of a car.

The proposal brought howls of protest from automakers who warned the changes would price millions of Americans out of the new-car market, keeping older, less fuel-efficient cars on the road longer.

VW, Europe’s largest automaker and the fastest-growing automaker in the United States, already offers turbodiesel cars, station wagons and SUVs that routinely get nearly 50 miles per gallon on the highway.