The car companies would have sold a lot of vehicles if something like this would have been offered years ago.
It would be interesting to see how the manufacturers would actually build and market the truck. The diesel engine weight would seem to rob a half ton truck of payload capacity but towing capacity would probably remain the same. It seems like the truck would need to be a light 3/4 ton to handle the engine weight issues or the manufacturer would need to use better suspension components.
So now the next big question: Will the power plant be a Cummins
or VM Motori engine
Maybe that's why Chrysler went to an 8 speed transmission on the half ton trucks. 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 engine, transmission, and axles (powertrain)
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