If you consider yourself a fan of country music, Ram Trucks or pop culture, you’ll want to listen up. Last week, Ram revealed that it has teamed up with the recently launched Rolling Stone Country to create new, meaningful content and more efficiently share news about what’s moving and shaking in the C&W world with those who want to hear about it most.
There have been countless examples all over the world of truck owners going above and beyond the call of duty to help out fellow travelers in need, and that goes double for those who drive powerful Ram pickups. Whether it’s an act as simple as jump-starting a dead battery or as impactful as transporting badly needed food and supplies across hundreds of miles, there’s something about these people that inspires them to become Good Samaritans. Ram Trucks decided to tap into these neighborly instincts through a brand-new initiative, Ram Nation.
Country superstar Miranda Lambert will be driving something a little more advanced than a “Little Red Wagon” these days. That’s because the singer-songwriter has teamed up with automaker Ram to produce a new series of commercials for the Ram line of trucks. The first of the commercials just debuted this month — check it out above!
The Ford F-150 has stolen recent headlines after switching to a lightweight all-aluminum body for the 2015 model year, but that controversial move wasn’t enough to earn the vehicle the title of 2015 Green Truck of the Year from Green Car Journal. Instead, the honor went to the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which currently returns the highest highway fuel economy of any pickup truck in America while boasting an impressive 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity.
Pickup-truck manufacturers frequently make contradicting claims regarding best-in-class capability, which is why the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) created its J2807 towing standards to place them all on the same playing field. With production underway for its 2015 heavy-duty models, Ram has become the first brand to adopt those SAE practices across its entire pickup-truck lineup, and in doing so, the marque has not only retained its best-in-class achievements, but also built on them.
While other manufacturers have remained skeptical about introducing a diesel engine for their lighter pickup trucks, Ram is pioneering the introduction of a V6 EcoDiesel to the popular Ram 1500 half-ton truck. Fuel efficiency is one of the decisive factors when buyers choose a pickup truck, and the Ram 1500 diesel is poised to become the class-leading model when it goes on sale later this year. (more…)
The 2013 Ram 1500 can add yet another trophy to its case after recently winning the AOL Autos Truck of the Year Award! Editors praised the pickup for its smooth ride, best-in-class fuel economy and comfortable interior – all of which make this truck perfect for Massachusetts motorists. The publication’s editors test-drive every new truck, SUV and car to give readers unbiased reviews, so you know that when it picks a favorite, you can count on it being the best!
Whether you need a daily driver that won’t drain your wallet at the fuel pump or a tough truck that can haul with the best, the 2013 Ram 1500 is the perfect option for you. Choose from a capable-yet-efficient Pentastar V6 engine or a legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 for the right amount of power for your needs. There’s also plenty of technology in the 2013 Ram 1500 to keep you connected when you’re on the job, such as the next-generation Uconnect infotainment system with available 3-D terrain maps, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
If you’d like to find out more about this award-winning truck, come visit our Massachusetts Ram 1500 dealership to schedule a test-drive!
Few accolades hold as much weight for pickup trucks as the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, and the magazine’s editors say the redesigned Ram 1500 is the clear choice for 2013. Indicating that the rest of the half-ton segment will now have to play catch-up, Motor Trend praised the 2013 Ram 1500 and its new air suspension, towing capacity and choice of engines and trims.
To earn the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, vehicles have to be all-new or significantly upgraded from the prior model, and each entrant is tested across six criteria, including Engineering Excellence, Design Advancement, Safety, Efficiency, Value and Performance of Intended Function. Motor Trend editors lauded the Ram 1500’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which increases horsepower and torque by 42 percent and 13 percent, respectively, compared to its predecessor. Those improvements also come along with best-in-class fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway and best-in-class standard V6 towing capacity.
“The Pentastar V6 is just as effective at saving gas during the commute as it is hauling snowmobiles up North for the weekend, and Ram 1500 buyers who need the utmost in performance can still upgrade to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Ram dealership. “What really wrapped up the Truck of the Year award, though, was that Ram recognized that the pickup segment is more than just a race for superior power and towing, so it packed its truck with new technologies and other available amenities.”
Among the new Ram 1500’s segment-first technologies are an eight-speed automatic transmission, a stop-start system, active aerodynamics, a thermal management system and pulse-width modulation, which all help the truck achieve its leading fuel efficiency. For added convenience, the optional RamBox Cargo Management System can now be locked and unlocked from the key fob or power lock switches, providing easier access to the gear, tools or beverages held in the drainable side-bed compartments.
Inside the cabin, Ram’s focus on intuitive technology continues with the available next-generation Uconnect Access system. The in-truck connectivity feature lets drivers manage music, hands-free calls, navigation and climate control with an 8.4-inch touchscreen and voice commands. Uconnect Access can also create a WiFi hotspot, allowing passengers to stay entertained or productive by connecting their tablets, laptops and smartphones to the Internet.
Like Motor Trend’s editors, buyers are responding positively to the Ram 1500’s new features, as the redesigned model helped boost Ram pickup sales by 23 percent year-over-year last month. More than 24,000 units of the truck found new homes for its best November sales since 2007.
“Even before the new model started arriving in late October, the Ram 1500 was steadily picking up market share in its segment this year, and we expect it to gain even more momentum in 2013,” added Gill. “As truck buyers start to judge the Ram 1500 for its total package versus their past loyalties, the choice will become more and more obvious.”
As many vehicle infotainment systems become more and more reliant on their connectivity with smartphones, the Chrysler Group is instead looking at ways to make its vehicles more connected on their own. Partnering with Sprint to enhance its Uconnect infotainment system, Chrysler plans to fully integrate wireless connectivity into upcoming models, starting with the arrivals of the redesigned 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and all-new 2013 SRT Viper supercar later this year.
Called Uconnect Access, the new subscription-based cellular system will allow drivers to perform internet searches or read and compose text messages by voice without having to connect their smartphones. Requesting turn-by-turn directions will also be an easier task than in competing infotainment systems, as motorists will just need to push a button on the steering wheel and state the address, rather than answer a series of prompts. Uconnect Access will turn the vehicles into wireless hot spots as well, allowing passengers to connect laptops, smartphones and tablets to WiFi.
“Massachusetts drivers want to be connected while on the road, and with Uconnect Access, they won’t need to worry about where their phones are to send text messages or make calls while in their car,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Ram dealership. “The system takes away the distracting temptation to fumble for your phone, but if you still want to connect your smartphone in a hands-free capacity, the technology will allow for that as well.”
Aside from its new available Uconnect Access system, the Ram 1500 has been heavily updated for the 2013 model year. The standard 2013 Ram 1500 houses a new, higher-output 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 305 horsepower while pairing with a new eight-speed automatic transmission to achieve what Ram expects to be best-in-class fuel economy. Select 2013 Ram 1500 models will also be the first pickup trucks on the market to feature stop-start technology, which shuts off the engine when the truck comes to a complete stop to improve fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent.
Improvements to the 2013 Ram 1500 continue on the inside, with premium materials now covering the armrests, upper bolsters and door panels. Previously located on the center console, the gear shifter has transformed into a rotary e-shift dial on the dash, opening up additional storage in the console. Meanwhile, the Ram 1500’s 3.5-inch vehicle information screen will now be standard on ST and SLT trims, instead of being reserved for premium models.
Outside, the 2013 Ram receives a facelift, with a larger, bolder grille and a revised front fascia. Power-folding mirrors and power stainless-steel running boards offer improved convenience, while five new available exterior colors update the look of the truck. Additionally, buyers of the 2013 Ram 1500 Crew Cab will now be able to opt for a 6-foot-4-inch bed to maximize space.
“The Ram 1500 truck has been at the top of its class for years, and the latest changes to the 2013 model make it better across the board,” added Gill. “Buyers that need a truck with serious capability won’t have to sacrifice modern conveniences and comforts when they get behind the wheel of the 2013 Ram 1500.”
Rising fuel costs have truck owners feeling the pinch, and Chrysler is making moves to alleviate some of the pressure with the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup truck. Expected to reach Ram dealerships later this year, the new Ram pickup will feature a myriad of innovative features designed to improve fuel efficiency while still boosting power.
What started as a mild mid-cycle refresh for the 2013 Ram 1500 has turned into an all-out redesign, with everything from the chassis to the interior receiving heavy revisions. The most significant changes, however, are the introductions of Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine and the TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed automatic transmission to the lineup. Ram engineers expect that drivetrain combo to help boost fuel economy by roughly 20 percent compared to the outgoing V6. That would translate to about 24 mpg on the highway, a new high-water mark for full-size trucks.
“Ram lived up to its name and addressed the issue of fuel efficiency head on, but it did so without neglecting the features that truck owners have always wanted,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Ram dealer. The result is a Ram 1500 that is not only better on gas, but more powerful, more refined and more capable than the competition.”
The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 in the 2013 Ram 1500 is notably more powerful than the current 3.7-liter V6, producing 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, increases of 42 percent and 13 percent, respectively. New 2013 Ram 1500 trucks with the HEMI V8 will deliver 395 horsepower, a five-horsepower boost, but perhaps more impressive is that they will also feature at least a 10-percent improvement in fuel economy. The V8 models will be available with the TorqueFlite 8 transmission later in the 2013 model year.
While its drivetrains will be doing the heavy lifting, the 2013 Ram 1500’s suspension also received some attention. A class-exclusive air suspension improves fuel economy, handling and off-road capability while also auto-leveling the truck when it is loaded with cargo or towing a trailer. Based on the driver’s needs and conditions, the suspension can either adjust automatically or be controlled manually to raise or lower the truck. Drivers can also increase ride height by up to two inches for off-roading, creating a best-in-class 10.7 inches of ground clearance.
Inside, Ram 1500 trucks equipped with the TorqueFlite 8 transmission will shift using a rotary knob rather than a lever, enabling blind shifts from reverse to drive, a useful feature when backing a trailer into a space. Another interior option is Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system, which uses an 8.4-inch touchscreen to control audio settings, climate control and navigation. The system can also perform hands-free phone calls and texting when connected to a smartphone. Unlike offerings from other automakers, the software can be updated from the touchscreen instead of requiring a USB drive or a visit to the dealership.
“Trucks have to be more than a large piece of work equipment these days, and Ram has found the right mix of rugged capability and daily usability with the 2013 Ram 1500,” Gill noted. “Massachusetts truck drivers want a ride that can do it all, and Ram is the only brand that is delivering the goods across the board.”