3 million diesel engines and going strong.
While Nissan has declared that the Cummins diesel won't be an option in the Titan anymore, Cummins and Ram, FCA's truck division, are celebrating their long-cemented relationship and the 3-millionth diesel engine to go in a Ram truck.
On Friday, Ram reported the landmark engine was produced at the Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant in Indiana and is destined to go under the hood of a 2019 Ram 3500 Longhorn Crew Cab Dually 4x4. When the truck has been built, the buyer will then be identified and Ram plans to celebrate the completed truck at the dealership involved when it gets there.
The relationship between automaker and engine maker goes back over three decades and has seen some major milestones already. The first Cummins diesel engine to go into a Ram Truck was in 1988 for the 1989 model year, and in 1996 the first one to hit the 200 horsepower mark was built. In 2001, the engines were making 500 lb-ft of torque, then 2007 saw the 6.7-liter, 350-horsepower engine become available.
In 2013 the Cummins engines in Ram trucks reached 385 horsepower while making 850 lb-ft of torque. Now, we're seeing the 6.7-liter I-6 high-output engine making 1,000 lb-ft of torque in a consumer truck.
"The relationship that Ram Truck has with Cummins is one of the industry's most enduring, and continues to raise the bar for power and durability," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. "Both companies have benefitted from this partnership, but Ram customers truly get to enjoy the toughness and best-in-class capability that a Cummins-powered Ram Heavy Duty truck delivers."
The Cummins team that works with Ram is made up of 20 employees and Cummins business runs deeper than the diesel engines the company is best known for. It employs a total of around 62,600 people and plays in all kinds of areas. Most recently it has been involved in hybrid and all-electric drivetrains as well as battery systems - and has even built an electric semi truck. Hopefully, that means Ram and Cummins will have more decades working together if and when Ram starts building electric trucks.