Dodge and Ram Cummins diesel engines over the years

By the mid-1980s, Dodge Ram was in trouble. It was known for its workhorse pickups dating back to before the legendary Power Wagons. But now it ran out of diesel engines to bolster its engine range and, perhaps more importantly, its rugged image. Developing a new diesel engine from scratch was out of the question. Although an all-new 1994 truck design was still years out, Dodge couldn’t wait. Thus, in the late 1980s, an unlikely arrangement was created with the legendary Cummins Diesel in Columbus, Indiana.

For decades, Cummins had offered diesel engines for heavy-duty semi-trucks and commercial applications, but never delved into the consumer pickup truck market. Why would it? The big three automakers were fully capable of doing it themselves.

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