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March 2015 Power Bits: Diesel News, Quotes, Rumors and More!

All the torque that’s fit to twist

Tori Tellem
Feb 28, 2015
EcoDiesel Ram Named Green Truck of the Year
The EcoDiesel Ram 1500 was named “Green Truck of the Year” for 2015, by Green Car Journal. When the EPA gives a ½-ton truck a 28-mpg fuel economy rating, the transmission is an eight-speed automatic (unprecedented for the class), and it has the cutting-edge, Italian-made diesel engine, it’s easy to understand how the Ram outranked its four other competitors for the title. Journal Editor Ron Cogan notes that it “exemplifies what a ‘green’ truck should be.” The judges considered environmental traits as well as functionality, style, value, and other features buyers want in a pickup.
More Porsche Diesels
Who’d have thought we’d be rooting for Porsche so much in Diesel Power? But the automaker is embracing diesels left and right and is now set to give North America a diesel Macan. It’ll likely be priced around $60,000 and will be powered by a 3.0L engine like the Macans available in Europe.
Photo 2/11   |   Porsche Dieslel
Ford Makes 3-Millionth Diesel Engine
The petite 1.5L diesel engine in Europe has reached production of 3 million. It was made at Ford’s global diesel engineering hub, Dagenham Diesel Assembly plant, located in the U.K.
Photo 3/11   |   Ford 3 Millionth Diesel
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Photo 4/11   |   Nissan Trucks Tweet
Limited-Edition Welding Helmet from Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric held a contest: design a welding helmet. The call to action went out to students who are considering careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The winning design is a Viking 2450 Series auto-darkening helmet featuring an eagle. Get it at lincolnelectric.com.
Photo 5/11   |   Lincoln Electric Welding Helmet
Jaguar Land Rover Opens New Engine Plant
Over in the U.K., Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new engine-manufacturing plant. It will be where the new Ingenium engines will be produced—meaning the company will be bringing design, engineering, and manufacturing of engines in-house. Out of the box will be the 2.0L diesel. Fun fact: Jaguar Land Rover holds what’s called the Royal Warrant of “Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles, by Appointment” from the Queen, the Duke of Edinburg, and the Prince of Wales. It’s the only auto manufacturer to be granted all three Royal Warrants.
Photo 6/11   |   Jaguar Land Rover New Engine Plant
Diesel Chevrolet Colorado Concept
This is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 concept, a diesel variant of the midsize pickup. It features the same 2.8L Duramax engine that’s due to be installed in the production Colorado later in 2015. Traditionally, the ZR2 name in the Chevy lineup denoted a more rugged, off-road model (it was first used on the S-10 in 1994). This truck is 4 inches wider than the production Colorado Z71 and has 30.7- and 22.7-degree approach and departure angles, as well as monotube coilover shocks, electric- locking front-and-rear differentials, custom wheel flares matched to beefy 275/65R18 rubber, and custom rocker guards. A new grille and dome-style hood are other exterior notables. The engine is said to make 181 horses and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 7/11   |   Chevrolet Colorado Concept
Ford’s the Truck of Texas
The ’14 Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo was the platform for announcing that the new Ford F-150 had been voted Truck of Texas. The Blue Oval was also named Truck Line of Texas. The Jeep Grand Cherokee scored SUV of Texas for the fifth consecutive year. Among the other awards was Best Powertrain, given to the Ram 1500’s Italian-made, 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6.
Photo 8/11   |   2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Bosch Tracks Diesel Popularity Worldwide
According to Bosch, in India and the EU, every second new car is a diesel, while in the U.S., the company is predicting the share will rise from 3 percent—where it is today—to 10 percent by 2018.
Photo 9/11   |   Bosch Diesel Popularity
Department of Labor Gives Grant to Diesel Program
Luzerne County Community College received funds from the Department of Labor & Industry’s Re-Employment Fund to upgrade the equipment students use in the school’s automotive program, and also to expand its diesel courses. The JOBS1st PA Tech Grant is $150,000 and will go toward such things as buying used diesel engines and an engine simulator.
Control/Alt/Delete Your Mercedes-Benz Vocab
Alert: Mercedes-Benz is renaming things. It’s calling this process a simplification of nomenclature. How simple remains to be seen. How it pertains to you is, ’15-and-up models will now have a “d” to denote diesel rather than badging that reads BlueTEC or CDI.
Photo 10/11   |   Mercedes Benz Bluetec
Rumor of the Moment:
New biturbo diesel and transmission from 10-speed auto transmission VW?
Land Rover Evoque diesel—for the U.S.?
Photo 11/11   |   Land Rover
Diesel Bits
- Cummins created an app called QuickServe Online that offers access to Cummins parts catalogs, part options, and dataplate info for more than 15 million of its engine serial numbers. There’s also a fault-code analyzer for Cummins electronic engines.
- Hyundai (and therefore, its family member Kia) wants to be a fuel economy leader by 2020, and that process will involve overhauling much of its engine lineup with new-generation versions, including the diesel offerings.
- Mooney International has introduced two new aircraft: the M10T and M10J, which both have diesel technology. They’ll likely go to both Western and Chinese markets.
- Speaking of planes, word is the diesel-powered Cessna Skylane 182 JT-A has been delayed due to further engineering tinkering. It’s been reported that testing showed engine failure and a forced landing. However, they’re working out the kinks, so watch for it in 2015.
- Need towing tips? Check out The Workshop at airliftcompany.com, which will give tips and info about air suspension—its specialty—as well as how to load a trailer and vehicle weight ratings.

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