Two-millionth Cummins Pickup Engine Rolls off Line for Chrysler

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Two-millionth Cummins pickup engine rolls off line for Chrysler
Jeff Caldwell, Executive Director – Viking Program and General Manager-Global Pickup/Van Business at Cummins talks about Cummins relationship with Chrysler.


Cummins built its 2-millionth pickup truck engine for the Chrysler Group LLC in December, the latest development in a more than 25-year partnership between the two companies.

“This milestone build is a significant achievement for Cummins and our employees, and is an accomplishment of which we are immensely proud,” said Wayne Ripberger, General Manager – Pickup and Light Commercial Vehicle Operations. “At Cummins, we take great pride in each and every engine we build – whether it’s the first or the 2-millionth.”

A small ceremony was held at the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant to mark the occasion. The actual engine will go on display, touring the United States.

In its own news release Dec. 10 marking the occasion, Chrysler noted the partnership has benefited both companies.

“The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the industry’s most enduring and certainly fitting of such a tribute,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico in the news release. “Both companies have benefited greatly, but Ram diesel customers are the real beneficiaries. Every day they experience the toughness and capability a Cummins-powered Ram can deliver.”

The first Cummins Turbo Diesel engine was produced for Chrysler at the Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Rocky Mount, N.C. in 1988. The Cummins-powered Ram has been known for its power as well as its durability ever since and has developed an extremely loyal following of pickup truck owners.

The 2013 Cummins-powered Ram will feature the kind of innovation that customers have come to expect, including:

  • A 10 percent fuel economy improvement and best-in-class torque.
  • Smoother handling thanks to a “Smart” exhaust break.
  • A 15,000 mile – best in class – fuel change interval.
  • The capability to use a B20 fuel blend.

The high output Cummins Turbo Diesel that powers the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup will produce 385 horsepower and a best-in-class 850 foot-pounds of torque.


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