WASHINGTON, D.C. – Equipped with new Cummins clean-diesel technology, Dodge will introduce an all-new turbo diesel engine in its light-duty pickup trucks after 2009. According to Dodge, the new engine will provide an increase in low-end torque, up to a 30-percent improvement in fuel efficiency, and a 20-percent reduction in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions when compared to an equivalent gasoline engine. The new clean-diesel engine will meet 50-state emissions standards for 2010.

Current U.S. Chrysler Group diesel-powered models include the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, powered by the new 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel; the all-new Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis Cab, with a new 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel; the Dodge Sprinter, with a 2.7L common-rail direct injection (CDI) turbo diesel; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, featuring a new 3.0L V-6 turbo diesel engine (which hits the market early this year).

In Europe, diesel-powered models account for more than half of Chrysler Group sales. Diesel versions of numerous Chrysler Group vehicles continue to be popular, including the Chrysler 300C, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Compass, as well as the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber and 2007 Jeep Wrangler.

Advanced diesel technology is part of the Chrysler Group’s advanced propulsion technology umbrella, which also includes efficient gasoline engines, hybrids, flex-fuel vehicles, and biodiesel capability.