Chrysler Taps Truck Chief to Head Product Development

Scott Kunselman

The "new" Chrysler's government-directed business priority is to develop and sell fuel-efficient small cars, but newly appointed senior vice president of product planning Scott Kunselman is a long-time truck engineer. He replaces former Chrysler product exec Frank Klegon.

Kunselman was chief engineer for the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 during its development, but was promoted to vice president of Chrysler's body-on-frame products shortly before its launch last year. Afterward, he became vice president for Chrysler's entire Jeep and truck product team.

Kunselman certainly knows trucks, and we hope his influence means good things for the continued development of Dodge Ram pickups and the upcoming lifestyle truck that's expected to replace the Dodge Dakota.

[Source: Chrysler via Automobile Magazine]

Comments

When is Chrysler (Dodge) going to start selling the all new Ram Heavy Duty line?

Should be late Sept or Oct.

Hey Mike Levine, Have a Question for ya. When do you think the Dodge Ram 1500 will put in a 6 speed Tranny (Automatic) behind that 5.7 Hemi? Also heard they coming out with the 6.4 Hemi, is that for the HD model??Thanks..

@Ryan: Strictly my speculation, but I'd say the Ram 1500 will get a 6-speed if/when the diesel version arrives but that transmission is a bit too heavy duty for the 5.7. I think we're still years away from that happening. 6.4 is expected for the HD Ram.

Mike Levine, When is the 2010 HD Ram coming out?Will the 6.4 have a 6 speed Tranny like the 6.7 Cummins? Any Idea whats the HP rated? The 6.4 will be a regular V-8, not like the 5.7 V-4 & V-8 Mode? Also about the 5.0 Coyote, when will they be out for the F-150's ? Thanks Mike for the information...

Question for Kunselman or anybody out there with Automotive Engineering Knowledge:

What can be done with the Hemi ( besides increasing the displacement ) to compete with the new line of ford bobcat and coyote that is expected to arrive soon. These engines show big HP/TQ numbers with improved gas milage.
What is the next step in the evolution of the new hemi?
DI, Forced In. Alcohol Inj, Higher Compression ? What is the route Dodge will take with this engine?
I believe it still has more potential, and please don't anybody respond in saying a new 6.4 liter is on the horizon.

Also how come the 6.1 doesn't have the MDS, Variable cam timing / intake runners to improve it like the new 5.7 ?

I heard Hemis were good alcoholics
You guys have to move on this or sales will shift.

Brad

A new 6.4 liter is on the horizon, comrades.

The new 6.4 liter V8 will be used in the new 2011 Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300C.



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