India auto maker, Mahindra, wants a piece of the North American automotive pie, the company is applying for EPA certification and are looking for dealers willing to sell thier compact diesel pickup truck in North America. Although the name is unknown in Canada and the U.S., Mahindra is sold worldwide and has a 64 percent market share for its pickups and an 80 percent share for its SUV’s in India. This compact truck will directly compete with the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier and may have a slight edge as it is the only truck in this group with an available diesel engine.
Dodge is taking a step forward with its award winning diesel truck of the year, the Dodge Ram Cummins, by being first in class to have standard exhaust brake systems installed on the 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks. Normally these brake systems are only available on highway semi rigs to help with stopping power and extending brake life.