Why no small diesels?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Bull, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 308

    Why does no manufacturer offer a small to midsize truck with a three or four cylinder diesel engine? Wouldn't this make a great vehicle for the solo type operators or out running estimates and so forth.
     
  2. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    1. Heavy
    2. Emissions weighted towards gas vehicles make it tough for diesels to pass
    3. Despite 1 & 2, they're working on it. Dodge should be coming out with one in '10 or so I think, Ford had one in the works but the fallout with Navistar scotched it, I believe.

    A little dope on 'em here, not much out on them yet.

    http://www.allpar.com/model/ram/2009-ram.html
     
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    Nope! Fords got one comin out next year. And its not a navistar engine. Its in house based off the land rover diesel in europe.

    All the manu's (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) will have half ton diesels by next year. Very very exciting! They will most likely all be getting high 20's for mpg's.
     
  4. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
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  5. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    Years ago, a friend had a Ford Ranger diesel. Got like 40 mpg, and ran forever, over 300,000 miles, I think.
     
  6. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    GM has a 1/2 ton diesel in the works also. .................:usflag:
     
  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    2010 Dodge will have a 1/2 ton diesel.
     
  8. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ford currently produces 4 cylinder Ranger diesels. I saw one in a late model pickup while in Mexico a few years back. I doubt our governments regulations will let us ever see one.
     
  9. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    You gotta go across the pnd to get them, but good luck importing them, the gas companies don't like them!
     
  10. mower&more1986

    mower&more1986 LawnSite Senior Member
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