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Diesel Minivans on the Horizon

Chrysler Preparing Diesel Minivans for US Market
Posted February 7 2007 12:35 PM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: Diesel News, Diesel Observations, Diesel Suvs, Light-Duty Truck Diesels, Dodge

Diesel Minivans

According to a recent report, DaimlerChrysler is developing a new high-performance turbo-diesel four-cylinder that it may offer in future Dodge and Chrysler minivans for the U.S. market. The engine, codenamed OM651, is reportedly so clean that it will meet emissions standards in all 50 states through 2010.

Although only displacing 2.2 liters, thanks to dual-stage turbocharging and advanced injection technology, it is said to produce as much or more power than the 2.8L VM Motori engine that was used in the late Liberty CRD. That same engine was also offered as an option in Euro-spec Voyagers built in Austria.

Lending creedence to this rumor is the fact that minivan production in Austria will soon end, consolidating minivan production in North America, between the St. Louis plant, and another in Windsor, Ontario.

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