The one-millionth Cummins diesel engine built for the
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty was shipped from Cummins' Columbus, Ind. factory
May 12. To commemorate the milestone, Dodge says it will hand off the keys of its
one-millionth Cummins diesel-powered Ram to a sweepstakes winner.
"Dodge Ram Cummins diesel owners are the most loyal Dodge customers," said
Darryl Jackson, vice president of Dodge Marketing. "What better way to
thank our loyal Dodge Ram owners than to give away a new Ram Heavy Duty,
the Motor Trend Truck of the Year."
"The one-millionth Cummins-powered Ram is the result of a very successful
partnership. With the help of the Cummins team, we have redefined the
meaning of tough trucks and set new standards for capability in the
heavy-duty pickup segment," added Jackson. "Dodge has the longest lasting
lineup of pickups on the market, and the Cummins diesels are a big part of
Cummins says it has supplied Dodge with diesel engines since 1989 and has become
the benchmark for diesel power in the heavy-duty segment. Since 1989, the straight-six Cummins Turbo Diesel engine has
increased its horsepower and torque ratings by 91-percent and 39-percent,
respectively, culminating in the current High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel,
which delivers 305 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. Fitted with the
High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty features a
gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVW) of 23,000 lbs.
"We are thrilled to reach this milestone in our partnership with Dodge,"
said Joe Loughrey, Cummins executive vice president - Engine Business. "The
Cummins/Dodge combination has proven that the market for diesel power not
only exists, but continues to grow in North America."
The one-millionth engine is destined for installation in a
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 3500 Quad Cab which will be the grand prize in the
Dodge Rodeo Sweepstakes and given away this December at the nationally
televised Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) National Finals
Rodeo in Las Vegas. Beginning this summer, the One Millionth Dodge Ram
Cummins will be on display throughout the PRCA rodeo circuit. More than 20
million people attended a PRCA rodeo last year.
"We are very proud of Dodge's sponsorship of the PRCA," said Steven J.
Hatchell, commissioner of the PRCA . "Dodge trucks and rodeo are a great
combination and the Dodge Rodeo Sweepstakes giveaway is just another
benefit to the association. More than 170,000 people will attend the
National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas during the 10-day competition and one
lucky rodeo fan will soon be driving one of the toughest horse-haulers on
the market, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty."