Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Ram Diesel For Chrysler Group

          Cummins Builds Two-Millionth Ram Diesel For Chrysler Group

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 10, 2012

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oMilestone engine destined for display
  oRam-Cummins partnership spans four decades
  oCapability of current High-Output Cummins engine more than double that of
    original offering

Cummins Inc. has produced its 2-millionth diesel engine for Ram Trucks,
highlighting the latest milestone in a storied partnership that spans four
decades.

The 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel is
distinguished by its "Cummins Red" rocker cover and breather. But despite its
800 lb.-ft. peak torque rating, the historic engine – feted today at a Cummins
plant in Columbus, Ind. – will not see service. Instead, it will go on
display, touring the U.S.

"The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the industry's most
enduring and certainly fitting of such a tribute," says Fred Diaz, President
and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. "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."

Cummins began supplying engines to Chrysler Group in 1988. Today in North
America, only Ram-brand pickups and chassis cabs feature the coveted Cummins
"C" logo.

"I am immensely proud of our association with Cummins," says Bob Lee, Chrysler
Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion
Engineering. "And I have no qualms matching our truck diesels against those of
any competitor for performance and durability."

For 2013, Cummins-powered Rams boast capabilities and features that include:

  oBest-in-class torque and a 10 percent fuel-economy improvement
  oExclusive dual-inlet "Ram Active Air" that adjusts induction according to
    driving conditions for optimal performance
  o"Smart" exhaust brake for smoother driving characteristics
  oBest-in-class 15,000-mile oil-change interval
  oA new cooling system for improved performance and durability
  oB20 fuel capability
  oNext-generation Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust
    fluid system with range of up to 4,000 miles between refills
  oDual fuel filtration system for enhanced reliability and durability in
    virtually every climate and environment
  oUnsurpassed powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles

The Chrysler Group-Cummins partnership traces its beginnings to 1985, when
development work began on a 5.9-liter 12-valve in-line 6-cylinder turbo
diesel. When it launched in 1989, it was rated at 160 horsepower and 400
lb.-ft. of peak torque – less than half the numbers for today's High-Output
6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel.

In the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups, the top-line Cummins engine makes 385
horsepower and a best-in-class 850 lb. ft. of torque.

Among other notable events in the evolution of Cummins diesels produced for
Chrysler Group:

  o24-valve design introduced in model-year 1998.5
  oAdoption of high-pressure common-rail fuel delivery in 2003
  oNamed to Ward's 10 Best Engines list in 2004
  oDisplacement increased to 6.7 liters from 5.9 liters in model-year 2007.5
  oMet 2010 EPA emissions certification in 2007

Take-rate is testament to the appeal of Cummins engines among Ram customers.
Diesels account for nearly 80 percent of Ram Heavy Duty sales.

About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define
its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a
distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core
customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether
focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a
hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial
vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the
market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing
substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined
interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their
capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding
range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of
capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

Chrysler Group LLC Corporate Overview
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance
with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat
vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide
distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance
builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter
P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to
its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features
some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and
Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand
Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms
and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to
offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.



SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

Website: http://www.chryslergroupllc.com
Contact: Eric Mayne, +1-248-512-6660 (office), +1-248-760-2429 (cell),
Eric.Mayne@chrysler.com, or Nick Cappa, +1-248-512-4266 (office),
+1-248-202-8039 (cell), nick.cappa@chrysler.com
 
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