The diesel truck today is a milestone different from what they were back in the
olden days whether be it in the performance, outlook or popularity. They have
come a long way and evolved in every step of their journey to what they are
In the beginning, the diesel truck was created for one sole purpose which is to
act as a utility vehicle transporting heavy cargo across long distance. Even
the diesel engine was selected for its economical purpose sake. Now, even
though much of its purpose remained the same, almost everything else has
Of the most noticeable changes is the outlook of the new diesel trucks.
Sporting a more modern age appearance and having more curves in its exterior,
the new diesel trucks has vastly improved from being just a rectangular box
with wheels. Other improvement consists of their performance and the level of
comfort they produce.
In meeting today’s challenges, the diesel engine just wouldn’t cut anymore. Despite the fact that diesel engine was made to be as efficient
as possible, the diesel trucks have grown in stature and need to be replaced
with a more powerful engine such as the more advanced common rail diesel engine
and turbocharger to give the performance boost it needed.
With a big leap in the performance department, the diesel trucks are slowly
becoming the vehicle of choice for off-road activities which previously was
dominated by SUVs. And more impressively, there is also a category for diesel
trucks to compete in the world renowned Dakar Rally.
Because of the enhanced performance over the years, diesel or turbo-diesel
trucks have become an image of luxuries turning heads everywhere they went. A
good example is the Dodge Ram which is not just incredibly huge with a 5.9
litres engine under its hood but also carrying a prestige so high that it can
only be achieved by an American muscle class.
However, just like anything else, there is no escape from criticism including
the diesel truck. Many people have complaint of its inefficiency in fuel
consumption and the pollution it caused to the environment.
Although diesel trucks had come a long way, there are still rooms for
improvement especially in the area of being more environmental-friendly.
Nevertheless, the essence of the diesel truck will never die off and will
continue to evolve in its journey to be the ultimate utility vehicle.