DaimlerChrysler to keep Cummins as supplier for Ram pickup

COLUMBUS, Ind. (March 8, 2000) — DaimlerChrysler AG said yesterday that it has no plans to drop Cummins Engine Co. as its supplier of diesel engines for the Dodge Ram pickup truck.

On Monday, DaimlerChrysler issued a statement that a Mercedes-Benz engine was being considered for use in Dodge Ram diesel pickups. Mercedes-Benz is DaimlerChrysler subsidiary.

Shares of Cummins stock dropped to a 52-week low on the news.

“I spoke to (DaimlerChrysler president) Jim Holden last night in Auburn Hills, who confirmed that Cummins would remain the diesel engine option in its Dodge Ram pickup truck,” said a statement issued by Cummins CEO Tim Solso.

A Mercedes engine would be used only if DaimlerChrysler were to decide to build a medium-duty truck, which is larger than the light-duty Ram pickup, a DaimlerChysler spokesman told Reuters new agency.

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