No. 8 in 2013: Ram and Nissan announce diesel half-ton pickups

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

There’s little doubt that 2013 will go down as the year diesel reemerged in the minds of Americans. As fuel efficiency creeps higher and higher up the list of priorities for pickup owners, the modern clean diesel engines of today have become an attractive selling point. We got our first look at the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel back in July and found out that it could get close to 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Since then, Ram has become worried about whether or not it will be able to meet demand when the truck launches. Plus, the diesel option has propelled the 1500 to an unprecedented back-to-back win of Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award.

Then, looking to better its fortunes in North America, Nissan announced in August that it would begin offering a Cummins V-8 option in the next generation Nissan Titan. In October, Cummins unveiled the ISV5.0, the compact 5-liter engine that will power that Titan. You can read our feature on the design of the engine by clicking here or our impressions from our test drive here.

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