GM-conceived turbo-diesel V6 now powers Jeep and Ram

Article by Anita Panait, on July 16, 2013

A twist of fate for General Motors and the engine it conceived and financed for its early development. The story began when GM acquired 50 percent of Italian engine maker VM Motori in July 2007. On the same year, GM disclosed it was working with VM Motori on a 2.9-liter diesel V-6 turbo engine bound to power the European version of the Cadillac CTS due 2009.

But Cadillac’s sales in Europe never took off. When GM, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, things went from bad to worst. VM, however, continued the development of the engine, but it was never fitted in a GM vehicle. Meanwhile, Fiat acquired 50 percent of VM Motori in February 2011, and was lucky enough to have a brand-new diesel V-6 turbo engine on hand.

That powerplant – a new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel engine – is now fitted in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 pickup, both of which are competing against GM offerings. Although GM has yet to disclose plans for a diesel version of its light-duty trucks or sports utility vehicles, it may eventually use VM’s Motori’s powerplant, since the Italian engine maker is free to offer it to other carmakers aside from Fiat.

Topics: gm, diesel, engine, jeep, ram

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Reporting for duty. It’s been a year since the Victoria Police was loaned a new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. In those 12 months, the coupe served as the law...
by - March 23, 2017
After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The...
by - March 23, 2017
We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of...
by - March 23, 2017
The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company...
by - March 22, 2017
In the last few years, the advent of compact sedans and crossovers has become quite overwhelming. Even two of the major manufacturers that “started it all” have to admit that...
by - March 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries