Category Archives: Trucks

Ram Trucks in Las Vegas for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

This year marks the 35th year that Ram is the Official Truck of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Held in Las Vegas, NV this December 1 – 10, thousands of rodeo enthusiasts will be in attendance for fun, interactive fan experiences with Ram Trucks including performances by country music star Natalie Stoval, daily autograph signings by country music artists, viewing parties, and truck displays.

Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global states, “Ram is proud to be a part of the Ram Rodeo Series and WNFR for 35 years. As thousands of rodeo fans take over Las Vegas during WNFR, it is a great opportunity for Ram to showcase the capabilities and best-in-class features of our complete truck lineup of America’s longest lasting pickups.”

Ram WNFR events include:

  • Ram Tailgate Viewing at South Point Hotel and Casino
  • PRCA Pro Rodeo Fan Zone at Thomas Mack Arena with live music performance by Natalie Stoval and the Drive each night at 5:30 pm.
  • Fans are also encouraged to check out the latest Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. The Ram Rebel TRX off-road concept, special edition Ram 1500 Night, and Ram 1500 Rebel will also be in attendance.
  • Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center will include daily autograph signings from various music artists, and an interactive 360 virtual reality experience. That experience will give fans a chance to ride up and down the streets in a Ram Laramie Limited, on a ranch in a Ram Laramie Longhorn, and off-roading in the Ram Rebel.

Ram Truck Night is December 9th at WNFR, and on December 10th, Ram Trucks will present the Ram Top Gun award to one contest who wins the most money in a single category during WNFR. The winner will go home with a brand-new Ram 3500 Heavy Duty truck.

Ram Praises Hard Work with Special Thanksgiving Day Video Ad

Ram Trucks joins millions this Thanksgiving Day NFL football game series on CBS and FOX as it salutes hardworkers and families in this 90 second video tribute here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVlgTkYXWik

From a grandfather who spent a lifetime in the mill to a single working mom of three, “Praise” honors all those who work hard making their families and this nation strong.

Oliver Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global says, “Appropriately airing on Thanksgiving Day when families across the country take time to reflect and giving thanks, ‘Praise’ is the Ram brand’s tribute to hard-working Americans and the story of people who are the backbone of our country.”

He adds, “Just as the brand paid homage to American farm families a few years back during a Super Bowl telecast, we always look for opportunities to build unique, impactful, creative around a defining cultural moment that allows us to reach large audiences in a very effective way. ‘Praise’ adheres to our marketing mantra of thinking bolding and making a difference in both the message and the way we deliver it.”

According to Nielson ratings, more than 55 million viewers watched Thanksgiving Day football games in 2015.

If you missed seeing ‘Praise’, view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVlgTkYXWik

Ram Phasing Out the Crosshair Grille

Having adorned its pickups for the past 35 years, the writing is on the wall, or grille, in this case, that Ram Trucks ill be phasing out the signature crosshair grille.

Fiat Chrysler head of global design Ralph Gilles told The Detroit News, “I love what the company has done by differentiating each brand – from the marketing to the materials – and it’s inspired us as designers to make sure we do that with cars themselves.” He adds, “It takes time. Establishing a brand takes five years, so we’re kind of at that point.”

Since the Detroit auto show of 2015, Ram Trucks has introduced its Rebel, Limited, Power Wagon and Laramie Longhorn model pickups with non-crosshair grilles that feature “RAM”.

Gilles says, “I’m watching this space very carefully. It’s been an experiment, and it’s working. People have responded to it. We like it. But it’s something we’re consciously going gradually.”

Autotrader.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs says, “This has been a challenge for Fiat Chrylser to make that shift from ‘Dodge Ram’ to just ‘Ram’. Changing the grille is another step in that direction in separating the brand, but it’s going to continue to be a long journey.”  Ram has thrived after leaving Dodge, with goals of moving the brand into new markets.

Two New Color Patterns Launched for Ram 1500

Ram Trucks has two color packages that will be appearing on Ram 1500s.

The first is an all-new 2017 limited edition Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand package. Exclusive to the limited production Rebel, the package includes new body color, black-decaled performance hood, and a fully black interior.

The all black interior features all black seats with black embroidery, light slate gray accent stitching on the instrument panel, center console lid, doors and seats. Black anodized bezels are on the doors, center console, instrument panel and gauge cluster trim rings. Rubber floor mats are embossed with gray Ram’s head logos.

Arriving in December 2016, the Ram 1500 Rebel Mojave Sand will be limited in production to 1,500 units and MSRP at $45,590 plus $1,320 destination.

The second is a returning run limited run of the Ram 1500 Ignition Orange Sport model. The 2017 Ram 1500 Ignition Orange trucks will have a vivid exterior color, a black Ram’s head grille badge, black tailgate badge, black body-size badges, and a sport performance hood with black decals.

Interior features will include “Copperhead” accent stitching inside the cabin, accent-color Ram’s head embroidery on the headrests, colored–accent sport mesh on the seat inserts, and sport embroidery on the seats. The interior is complete with anodized orange-painted spears and trim rings.

The Ram 1500 Ignition Orange package will be in dealerships now, and will be limited to crew cab V-8 models with a starting MSRP of $43,740 plus $1,320 destination.

Ram ProMaster City Test Drive: Veestro

Hear from business owners Monica and Mark as they take a test drive in the Ram ProMaster City. They are looking to take their rapid growing business called Veestro, a company that specializes in plant-based meals, to the next level.

Current mini van owners, the Ram ProMaster City opened their eyes to how a vehicle can save them time and improve the needs of their business.

Learn more about the Ram ProMaster City and watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk8XV1lYc7I

Ram to Sell Current 1500 into ‘19

The all-new redesigned Ram 1500 is set to launch in early 2018. However, Fiat Chrysler will build the current Ram 1500 version well into 2019.

CFO Richard Palmer said last week, “Going into 2018, having more pickup capacity will allow us to also satisfy the fleet customers’ demand on pickup, which we struggle to do today because we favor retail in the U.S. and Canadian volume, which have higher margins.” He added, “As we realign our capacity, we’re going to be able to continue to work on improving our fleet mix.

The current light-duty pickup will continue production into 2019 in suburban Detroit at the Warrant Truck Assembly as well as in Saltillo, Mexico.  Those plants plan to build 200,000 of the pickups in 2018 and 65,000 of those in 2019 before transitioning off to other products.

325,000 of the redesigned Ram 1500s will be built in 2018 at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Production will pickup 25 percent to more than 400,000.

CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “We have taken a hard look at our level of penetration in some of the key truck areas in the U.S., and we’ve been deficient.” He adds, “And I think a lot of this has been because of the fact that we have not emulated people who have a longer history of success in this sector.”

Producing the current Ram 1500s until 2019 will ensure dealers have ample supplies of the hot-selling pickups. It will also allow a low-cost play for added fleet business with the retiring trucks, while appealing to consumers with the all-new features and technology on the new Ram 1500.

Ram Trucks All-Women Rebelle Rally

Hear from Nena Barlow, Rebelle Rally Team #129 Driver, as she talks about this unique 1,000-mile navigation-only competition called the Rebelle Rally.

Barlow is driving a stock 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel to the finish line with her navigator Kande Jacobsen, who is only able to plot their course using a map and compass.  Currently on the home stretch, they are expected to make it to San Diego, California or basecamp before crossing the finish line.

“There’s no conversation, there’s no chitchat in the truck. Its constant work, it’s constantly planning the next step,” said Barlow.

With long hard days in the truck, the Rebel provides for the best ride with great air suspension. “It’s been a fabulous vehicle. It’s very comfortable,” says Barlow.

Hear more from Barlow on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb74LvzI5W0

Ram Trucks Featured in Wolverine 3

For fans of Wolverine, the new trailer for the Wolverine 3 Logan movie is out and Ram Trucks make a prominent feature in the film.

Due out on March 3, 2017, the YouTube screenshot above shows a herd of Ram Trucks pursuing the hero named Logan in Wolverine 3.

Viewers can see four Ram Trucks outfitted with black brush guards and racks built by Motobilt of Dothan, Alabama, a company that specializes in outfitting and designing vehicles with off-road parts.

A studio representative from 20th Century Fox approached owner Dan DuBose to outfit four Ram trucks for the next Wolverine movie. DuBose did not know they were for the movie until after the trucks were on site and said, “I was pretty excited about it once I found out it was for Wolverine. We didn’t know it was for Wolverine until the trucks were already there.”

DuBose and his team designed the brush guards and racks only based on an artist rendering. That wasn’t the only challenge, however. “One of the difficulties in building these trucks – we’re not allowed to drill holes or modify the trucks in any way that they can’t go back to stock,” DuBose said. “But yet we have to do all this work.”

Challenge accepted, DuBose and his team did a wonderful job of modifying the trucks with brush guards, racks, and giving them an armored appearance without drilling holes or cutting metal. DuBose said his mechanics worked hard to get the details of the trucks for Wolverine 3 just right. “There’s a since of pride about it,” he said.

VIDEO: Ram Trucks | Small Business Test Drive

Ready for your on-demand test drive? Ram presents a whole new way of test-driving as they present small business owners with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City.

Rather than taking time out of their busy day to test drive a vehicle, Ram reached out to unexpecting folks and provided businesses with Ram vehicles to assist in their day-to-day business endeavors.

From New York City to LA, check out what these small business owners had to say about the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdFWiYkzpUY

 

Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition Updates for 2017

Debuting this weekend at the State Fair of Texas is Ram’s most popular truck in Texas, the Ram 1500 Lone Star. With brand new updates, the 2017 Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition will greet dozens of Texans with features designed just for them.

The first update is the name.  Ram has added the word “Silver” to the existing 1500 Lone Star Edition. The Silver Edition call sign will be highlighted by adding extra bright chrome to the exterior and added updates inside.

The most obvious change on the exterior will be a new chrome grille with the brand’s crosshairs, plus chrome “Wave Mesh” inserts in the four quadrants in the grille. Chrome 20-inch wheels, shiny belt moldings, chrome mirror caps, and chrome side steps will also be added.  Inside the grille will be a cool design of the “Lone Star Silver Edition” badge which mimics those worn by the Texas Rangers, the state’s famed law enforcement officers.

Interior updates include new seats updated in either cloth or vinyl, and with the color schemes Canyon Brown/Light Frost Beige or Black/Diesel Gray.

Truck buyers may choose from 4×4 or 4×2, as well as any three available engines (V-6 gas, V-8 gas, and V-6 turbo-diesel).  The new edition will only be offered in the crew cab configuration.

The all-new Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver Edition goes on sale later this year with a starting price of $40,315.