Dodge Ram Hybrid on schedule for 2010, light-duty diesel still in question

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Chrysler Group’s Dodge Ram brand still has plans to roll out a hybrid version of its light-duty Dodge Ram pickup in 2010; however, a diesel variant is still in question. Plans for both a hybrid and a diesel light-duty Ram for 2010 were revealed last year.

Currently, the heavy-duty Dodge Ram is offered with a 6.7L 6-cylinder diesel, which 85 percent of customers choose over the 5.7L V8 gasoline option.

The hybrid Ram will use the two-mode hybrid technology that was developed by General Motors Co., BMW and Daimler.

According to Chrysler’s senior vice president of engineering Scott Kunselman there have been now changes in the time schedule for the hybrid Ram. However, he said that the diesel light-duty Ram is still in the works but refused to comment on when it would be made available.

On Nov. 4, Chrysler’s CEO Sergio Marchionne will unveil a 5-year business plan.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News