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Diesel Fight in U.S. Promises To Be Fierce

October 17, 2002

It's less glamorous than the horsepower wars of the 1960s and '70s, but the traditional American car companies are embroiled in a full-scale battle to offer the most powerful, fuel-efficient and customer-friendly diesel in their full-size pickups, vans and sport-utility vehicles, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • General Motors Corp. has claimed its 6.6-liter Duramax V8 is the most powerful diesel available in light trucks since it debuted in 2000, producing 520 pound-feet of torque.
  • Ford Motor Co. announced in May that its new 6-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel would produce 550 pound-feet of torque.
  • DaimlerChrysler AG quickly leaked word that the revamped version of its Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler Group's straight-six 5.9-liter Cummins diesel would have 555 pound-feet for the 2003 model year.According to the Free Press, the Big 3 are inching toward offering diesel-powered cars in the United States for the first time in decades.
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