Fiat Taking Over GM's Half of VM Motori Diesel Joint Venture
Fiat To Be Full Owner of Light Duty Diesel Engine Manufacturer
We've driven and experienced the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and now the 2014 Ram 1500, and we're a fan of its smooth, torquey, refined performance. The state-of-the-art diesel mill is manufactured by VM Motori in Cento, Italy, just north of Bologna and, until now, was a 50/50 joint venture between Fiat and General Motors. According to a Reuters report, Fiat will soon take full control of VM Motori.
Such a possibility has existed for quite a while in initial joint venture paperwork first signed by Fiat in 2010. The latest development appears that it was in fact initiated by GM. A statement released by Fiat explains: "GM's notification to exercise its put option to sell to Fiat its 50 percent interest in VM Motori SpA is in line with the contracts Fiat entered into when it acquired a 50-percent stake in VM in 2010."
In addition to the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 in the Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram 1500, VM Motori also manufactured the 2.8-liter I-4 diesel briefly offered in the Jeep Liberty in the U.S. and an updated version of which is still offered in the overseas versions of the Jeep Wrangler.
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SpecificationsVIEW ALL
|Fair Market Price||$29,771|
|Editors' Overall Rating|
|Mileage||17 City / 25 Highway|
|Horse Power||290 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||260 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm|