October 10, 2006

Dodge Ram diesels to leave factory with biofuel

St. Louis, Missouri – DaimlerChrysler has announced that each new 2007 Dodge Ram diesel pickup built at the company’s Fenton, Missouri plant will be delivered to its owner fuelled with B5 biodiesel. The fuel contains 5 per cent clean, renewable diesel made from soybeans; the Dodge Ram diesel is already designed to run on it.

“Delivering our diesel vehicles running on biodiesel is a first step in educating our customers about the advantages of this clean, renewable, American-made fuel,” says Deborah Morrissett, Vice-President-Regulatory Affairs for DaimlerChrysler.

The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 series diesel pickup trucks use a 5.9-litre Cummins turbodiesel engine; beginning in January 2007, they will be built with the new Cummins 6.7-litre turbodiesel. The company has also approved the use of B20 (20 per cent biodiesel fuel) in the vehicle for commercial, government and military fleets, using a supplemental fuel filter. The experience gained in this test program will contribute toward finalization of a U.S. standard for B20 fuel.

More than 15,000 Jeep Liberty CRD diesels have been delivered to customers filled with B5; in early 2007, the company will launch the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD with 3.0-litre common rail turbodiesel. All are approved for regular use with B5 biodiesel fuel.

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