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Spotlight: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

How far can the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel take you on just one tank of gas? You’d be surprised, especially when compared to its competitor trucks.

Ram has the industry’s first light-duty diesel engine producing exceptional torque, reducing CO2 emissions, and offering the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup. No wonder it’s already a legend.

At 28 highway mpg and 9,200 lbs max towing, the innovative Ram 3.0 EcoDiesel V6 engine outperforms the Chevrolet/GMC 5.3 L (4×2) by 5 hwy mpg, the Ford 3.5 EcoBoost (4×2) by 6 hwy mpg, and the Ford 5.0L (4×2) by 7 hwy mpg.

Simply stated, a gallon of diesel gas lasts longer than a gallon of gas. This means fewer fill-ups and some serious savings over the years.

Visit the Ram website HERE to calculate your yearly fuel savings by simply entering the amount of miles you drive per day.  That’s over $500 in total annual savings when you drive 50 miles per day as compared to the 2014 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine.

Greater savings also mean greater range. With a comfortable cabin, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will take you further than any gallon of gas. See how far you can go on a just a single tank by entering your zip code HERE.

Ram Trucks built for the snow

While summer is not quite over yet, we’ll be gearing up for the fall and winter months, which for many parts of the country means falling snow. It’s no secret that a larger truck can move more snow and haul more salt than a smaller truck.

A large heavy-duty snowplow weighing 1,000 to 1,200 pounds requires a substantial front gross axle weight rating or GAWR. Similarly, higher production 2- or 4- cubic yard capacity hopper spreaders can weigh well over 500 pounds. That is, before the salt is even added. Again, this will require a heavy gross vehicle weighting rating or GVWR.

The Ram 2500 4×4 provides a front GAWR of up to 6,000 pounds to move snow and also offers a plow weight capacity of 1,200 pounds. In addition the Ram 2500 is available with the 6.4 liter HEMI 410 horsepower and 429 lb. –ft. of torque to keep large blades moving under the heavy pushes.

Both the Ram 2500 and 3500 offer these two packages:

Snow Plow Package ($135) – includes 180-amp alternator (gas), 220-amp alternator (diesel), transfer skid plate

Snow Chief Package ($780 on the 2500 and $490 on the 3500) – includes large alternator, skid plate, clearance lamps, 18-inch on/off road tires, auxiliary I/P switches, and limited slip differential (already standard on the 3500)

Gear up for the 2014 San Antonio Auto & Truck Show

Car and truck enthusiasts, start your engines because the 2014 San Antonio Auto & Truck Show will be hear before you realize it.

Four full days of hundreds of cars and trucks, celebrity appearances, contests and prizes will be offered November 6 – 10 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Plus, free parking will be available in the Alamodome Lot B with a coupon. Click HERE to get your free coupon.

Dates and Times:

Thursday November 6, 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday November 7, 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday November 8, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday November 9, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

 

Show Address:

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 E Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

 

Free Parking (with coupon):

Alamodome Parking Lot B
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

It’s coming fast. Don’t miss it. Visit www.saautoshow.com for more information.

Promote your vehicle with the Ram Commercial Customer Graphics Tool

Whether you’re going to a construction site or the shop, Ram Truck wants to provide you and your company with the best vehicles possible. Chances are, your Ram Truck or van doubles as a mobile office, and if you really want to put your vehicle to work, make sure your brand advertising goes everywhere you go.

For your ease, Ram Commercial Graphic Tool, available on RamTrucks.com, gives you the ability as a small business owner to design the perfect wrap for your vehicle.

The process is very simple. The tool lets you customize any Ram Commercial vehicle in your fleet. You can add custom text and logos as well as pull from a gallery of images to make your vehicle stand out on the road.

No signup is necessary to begin design work. Once you’ve finished, you’ll create an account and save your work. The next step is to work alongside your local BusinessLink dealier to get the wrap in production.

Excited yet? Check it out, and let everyone know you mean business in your Ram Truck.

Is a small Ram pickup in the works?

With a little help from Fiat, Chrysler’s Ram truck division has been beefing up its lineup. The Ram Promaster and Promaster City vans are both European inspired cargo carriers modified for U.S. use. So could a small, car-based pickup be next for Ram?

Pickuptrucks.com reports that “Fiat Chrysler engineers in the U.S. are testing this heavily clad prototype that appears to be a new entry-level truck based on the foreign marketing Fiat Strada pickup.”

A camouflaged test vehicle, with definite truck overtones mainly around the wheel arches, have been spotted near Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The trucklet is currently sold overseas, and the prototype could just be a new model getting some engineering input from the American arm of the company.  However, it features four full doors, and is longer than the existing vehicle, fueling speculation that it’s being made for the U.S. market.

Chrysler’s recently unveiled five-year plan did not mention adding a product along these lines. However, if it does end up appearing in the Ram showrooms, it won’t be the first of its kind from Chrysler. In the 1980’s, it had a pair of pickups called the Plymouth Scamp and Dodge Rampage, based on the Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni compact cars. In 2006 a HEMI V8-powered front-wheel-drive Dodge Rampage concept was unveiled.

The prototype spotted in Michigan was undoubtedly diesel powered and fitted with a manual transmission. If done right, perhaps this is just what some buyers are looking for.

Ram adopts SAE Tow Ratings for all 2015 trucks

Ram goes all-in, becoming the first automaker to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all of its 2015 light-and heavy-duty pickup range. Thanks to SAE, when car shoppers look at horsepower and torque figures on vehicles, they know that all the automakers are calculating them the same way. That has not been the case previously, as each company valued the rating differently. That is until now.

Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand says, “Because our customers asked for it, every single 2015 model year pickup truck Ram sells will come with a trailer-tow rating achieved using SAE’s J2807 testing protocols. No other automaker can make that claim.”

The latest SAE regulations, first published in 2008, now cover three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickups, the trucks most often used to tow, up to a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds.

All Ram models 1500, 2500, and 3500 use the new standardized rating for the 2015 model year, but buyers might not notice much difference. According to the company, 99 percent of the towing weights are unchanged or even improved slightly from last year. That’s a strong result, especially when compared to the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GME Sierra that are seeing a few increases, but mostly decreases under the new testing procedure.

The new 2015 Ram SAE J2807 towing capabilities are as follows:

Ram 1500 with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – 7,600 pounds
Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – 9,200 pounds
Ram 1500 with 5.7-liter Hemi V8– 10,650 pounds
Ram 2500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,300 pounds
Ram 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 17,970 pounds
Ram 3500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,420 pounds
Ram 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 30,000 pounds

Not only is the J2807 meant to create a standard across the truck industry, its tests are supposed to simulate real-world towing for trucks. Certain tests are to be performed including evaluations like a 0-60 miles per hour time allowance, the ability to climb a grade without dipping below a certain speed, and some handling checks.

Scroll down to watch the video the company’s official release touting Ram’s new numbers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpKZ29jrHro

 

U.S. Chrysler and Ram Truck Sales Rise in June

Ram truck sales continue at a sizzling pace in June, being the only double-digit gainer for the month when compared to it’s truck competitors including Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.

 

Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 were up 12 percent with 33,149 in sales for June. The addition of the EcoDiesel and eight-speed automatic across the 1500 lineup is likely helping popularity.

 

The automaker Chrysler Group LLC as a whole reported a 9 percent increase in total U.S. sales for the month of June, making this the 51st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in four of it’s five brands. In addition, the Chrysler Group also recorded the best June sales since 2007.

 

Based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the company reported total U.S. sales of 171,068 units, up 9 percent from 156,686 units sold in June 2013.

 

While total car sales decreased 19 percent in June, total truck sales increased 22 percent with 131,421 units when compared to the same period last year. Sales growth figures were attributed to Fiat, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck sales posting increases for the month.