Diesel dispute part I: GM’s Duramax

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 at Copart

For almost 30 years, the battle for finest truck—more particularly finest diesel truck— has been a constant struggle between the huge three American manufacturers: Chevrolet, Dodge as well as Ford. The never-ending quest for the throne has stimulated lots of disputes as well as produced fierce brand loyalty. This week, we goal to inform visitors by supplying info as well as letting them draw their own conclusions.

Duramax History

Before the huge diesel wave as well as the introduction of the Duramax, general Motors was almost a non-existent blip on the radar of durable truck buyers. Chevrolet as well as GMC both used diesel trucks in their lineup, however their V-8 style engines didn’t satisfy consumer demands, providing GM bit a lot more than three percent of the diesel market.

2002 Chevrolet 2500 at Copart.com

In 2000, general Motors discovered an response to their diesel issue in one of their present partners, Isuzu Motors of Japan. The two embarked on one more joint venture (known as DMAX as well as fast-tracked production to begin in July of that year. According to Doug Kaufman of Engine Builder Magazine, the two teams worked tirelessly on what pertained to understood as the Duramax engine: “the 13 hour time difference between Japan as well as the U.S. worked to their advantage. teams might videoconference late in the day for one team, early for another, working on problems while the other team slept.”

Not only did the engine have to perform, the name had to modification the understanding of GM diesels as well as contend with the other strong brands: “GM was already handicapped by its bad diesel reputation. The name itself was critical, as it would contend against Ford’s well established ‘Power Stroke’ diesel engine. Dodge was utilizing the Cummins engine as well as needed no other name.” The teams at DMAX settled on ‘Duramax’ with the goal of eliciting a track record for toughness as well as reliability.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 at Copart.com

The Duramax Diesel 6600 went to market (in only 37 months) in
GM’s 2001 HD trucks as well as got immediate important acclaim. The new powerplant
landed on the 2001 as well as 2002 editions of Ward’s “10 finest Engines” list. GM also
saw immense industrial success as their share of the diesel truck market grew
from 3 to 30 percent. The LB7 (the first-generation Duramax’s interior name)
was created up until 2004 as well as was the very first in the market to function a
high-pressure common-rail direct fuel injection system. The new fuel system
afforded the truck a lot more power as well as much better mileage while lessening noise and
emissions. The very first Duramax competed with its peers creating 235 horsepower
and 500 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Duramax Specs

GM has created five a lot more iterations of the Duramax engine considering that the LB7:

Image courtesy of Duramax Hub

Make sure to inspect back for parts two as well as three of our diesel
debate as we dive into the legendary Power Stroke as well as Cummins engines!

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