[Detroit, 16 January 2019] - At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and the Ram brand, have launched an all-new 6.7 litre in-line diesel engine for the Ram Super Duty pick-up, based on a Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) cylinder block. Foundry production of the cylinder block has already begun at the Tupy foundry in Saltillo, Mexico, with vehicle sales commencing during the second quarter of 2019. The 6.7 litre turbodiesel is supplied by Cummins, one of the world's leading and most respected diesel engine manufacturers. With 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 1,000 lb-ft of torque (1,356 Nm), the CGI upgrade provides a 12.5% increase in towing capacity while contributing to a 27 kg weight reduction for the engine.
Also at the NAIAS, the Ford 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine in the F-150 pick-up won a coveted Wards 10 Best Engine award. In bestowing the award, the Wards judges noted that "diesel engines are ideally suited for big, rugged pickup trucks, and the smooth, quiet 3.0 litre Power Stroke diesel V-6 available in the 2018 Ford F-150 is exactly what the market needs: a light-duty engine capable of remarkable fuel economy while towing heavy loads for work or pleasure." Wards also noted that, over 1,287 km of road testing, the Power Stroke diesel provided the best fuel economy the judging panel had ever seen in a full-size pick-up. The award marks the fifth consecutive year that a SinterCast-CGI engine has received a Wards 10 Best Engine award.
"The start of production of the Ram 6.7 litre diesel marks the first application of CGI for in-line diesels in a passenger vehicle application, delivering high volume series production in each of the Five Waves that SinterCast first presented in 2002" said Dr. Steve Dawson, President & CEO of SinterCast. "As a replacement programme for an existing engine, we anticipate a vertical ramp, potentially providing production of approximately 300,000 Engine Equivalents per year, and providing significant contributions to our target for double-digit growth in 2019 and to our campaign to break the three million Engine Equivalent milestone."
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