Chrysler has been struggling to keep up with demand for the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and now it's announced plans to boost production of the diesel-powered pickup.
Chrysler is ready to take on the Ford Transit with its new 2015 Ram ProMaster City. The 2015 ProMaster City is a small van that is based on the Fiat Doblo, with a few modifications, like the Ram signature grille.
Following the success of the Ram 1500 Black Express package, Ram has now unveiled a new blacked out package (Black Package) for the Ram Heavy Duty pickups.
Between February 7th and February 10th, Ram Truck reportedly received more than 8,000 orders for the2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which quickly accounted for more than 50 percent of the total order mix during that time. The more than 8,000 orders also filled the initial allocation of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.
After taking a year off, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition is returning for the 2014 model year. The Mossy Oak Edition was originally introduced in 2011 and is designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about the great outdoors. The Ram Mossy Oak Edition is available exclusively as a Ram 1500 4x4 Crew Cab model, and is based on the Ram Outdoorsman. For 2014, the Mossy Oak Edition will now be available for the first time with the RamBox Cargo Management System, in both 6-ft.-4-in. and 5-ft.-7-in. bed lengths.
Motor Trend has announced that the 2014 Ram 1500 has received its 2014 Truck of the Year award. Nine trucks were put through the magazine's tests, but the Ram 1500 came out on top because of its new V6 diesel engine, its eight-speed transmission and 9,200 pound towing capacity.
Ram is adding another commercial van to its lineup that will slot below the Ram ProMaster in its lineup. The smaller 2015 Ram ProMaster City will be based on Europe's Fiat Doblo and will compete with small commercial and passenger vans.
Chrysler is going to unveil 20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the SEMA show next month. Chrysler has released some early sketches of four of the vehicles and in addition, the automaker will highlight Jeep Performance Parts developed by its newly created Mopar Off-Road Division at the show.
GM's 2014 Chevy Silverado pickup just beat the Ram 1500 in the latest Consumer Reports matchup. Consumer Reports' editors scored the Silverado three points higher than the Ram 1500 in its series of tests. This marks the second time in a just a few months that a GM model has received top marks in the Consumer Reports' tests. Consumer Reports recently gave the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala a score of 95 out of 100, making it one of the top sedans it's ever tested.
It's been 10 years since the original Ram Rumble Bee was introduced and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, Ram Trucks has unveiled the new Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept. The concept also pays tribute to the heritage of Ram's unique truck designs that include the Lil Red Express, Warlock and Power Wagon.
Ram is introducing a new version of the Ram 1500, the 2013 Ram Black Express. The 2013 Ram Black Express is distinguished by its all-black exterior that includes 20-inch black aluminum wheels, a black front fascia with fog lamps, black grille surround with black hex-link inserts, black rear bumper and black Ram's head badges on the grille and tailgate.
Chrysler has released the details for the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup, which will offer a new 3.0L V6 diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $25,295, while the V-6 EcoDiesel with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission is priced $2,850 greater than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
Ram and Warner Bros. have teamed up to co-brand a commercial for the Ram 1500 that also promotes Warner Bros. new film "Man of Steel." The 30 second spot includes scenes from the movie. In addition to the commercial, Ram has also created a special Ram "Man of Steel" Power Wagon that features special "Man of Steel"-inspired design cues, colors and branding.
Chrysler wants to hold the title of building the most capable trucks and has released the class-leading towing and weight ratings for its 2013 line of Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cab trucks. The Ram 3500 Heavy Duty pickup will claim a 30,000-pound trailer capacity thanks to a new class-exclusive 50,000 pounds-per-square-inch, high-strength steel frame, improved transfer case, higher-load transmission and an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with 850 lb.-ft. of torque.
Chrysler has announced an industry first navigation system that can be activated by dealers. Buyers that choose to not buy the navigation option at the time they purchase their new Chrysler now have the option of adding it later. Chrysler dealers can activate navigation functions in vehicles equipped with certain Uconnect systems. "Sometimes customers don't realize what they want until they need it," says Marios Zenios, Vice President-Uconnect Systems and Services. "That's fine. We can help. With dealer-activated navigation, we are adopting a 'no-customer-left-behind' attitude."
Motor Trend's editors have given the 2013 Ram 1500 its Truck of the Year award. Truck of the Year contenders are evaluated using six criteria, which includes Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value and Performance of Intended Function. Motor Trend editors praised the new 2013 Ram 1500 for its air suspension, choice of engines, variety of trim levels and towing capability.
This year's 2012 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show kicks off in Las Vegas on Oct. 30. Chrysler is bringing 24 custom "Mopar-modified" models to the show. Unique Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT and FIAT brand vehicles outfitted with more than 500 Mopar performance parts and accessories will be on display.
Ram Truck has unveiled the 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks, which now feature best-in-class towing and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating. The trucks also get an all-new interior, new suspension, frames and more features.
Chrysler has released sketches of the Moparized vehicles that it is bringing to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas at the end of next month.
Chrysler has announced that the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup equipped with the 3.6L V6 gets best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The new 3.6L V6 that is mated to a standard eight-speed automatic, features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain.
The 2013 Ram 1500 pickup is getting updated with an emphasis on fuel efficiency and new technology. For starters the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 is now available in the Ram 1500 and a new eight-speed automatic transmission and start-stop system also help the new Ram 1500 stay away from the pump longer.
"The new 2013 Ram 1500 is the most capable, best-looking half-ton pickup in the world and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency, new technology and new features while upgrading the interior and exterior," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico - Chrysler Group LLC. "We changed every area of the truck - from a newly designed frame with air suspension, to a new eight-speed transmission to a new interior with the next-generation Uconnect system.
Ram is bring a new truck to the New York Auto Show next week, but starting March 31, Ram will utilize Facebook and Twitter to create interest for the new truck.
Titled "A Giant Awaits," each day through April 4th, new, not easily identifiable images will be placed on the Ram Truck Facebook page, allowing viewers to comment and guess what it is. The truck will be unveiled on April 5.
Ram did not provide any other details about the new truck, but it's being reported that the automaker is going to show the new 1500 at the show.
Chrysler's "It's Halftime in America" commercial aired during tonight's 2012 Super Bowl. The commercial stars Clint Eastwood and seeks to draw a parallel between the game and the city of Detroit.
"It's halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half. It's halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they're hurting. And they're all wondering what they're going to do to make a comeback. And we're all scared, because this isn't a game. The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again."
Ram has announced the addition of the top-of-the-line 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited model.
The Ram Laramie gets a body-color front fascia with fog lamps and a matching, painted rear bumper. It also gets a chrome grille and rides on standard 20-inch aluminum wheels that it borrows from the Ram Laramie Longhorn.
Inside the Ram Laramie gets Natura Plus leather seats and the center console is topped with a soft, double French-stitched full-leather lid. Leather has also been applied to the door trim, steering wheel and shifter. Ram Laramie Limited also is equipped with a navigational radio, remote start, back-up camera, power adjustable pedals with memory, heated steering wheel, front ventilated and heated seats and rear heated seats.
The Laramie Limited will be available Q2 2012.
Dakota fans that were sad that the current Dakota pickup was killed a few months ago can celebrate this little bit of news. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed plans for a new Dakota. That may make some of you happy, but wait... There's a 50% chance that the Dakota could switch to a unibody platform, according to Marchionne. If that happens the Dakota would basically be something more along the lines of the Honda Ridgeline than the past Dakota.
Chrysler recently announced plans to introduce a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee in the U.S. and now there's a good chance that the next Dakota could also be offered with a diesel.
In Europe the Grand Cherokee is offered with a 3.0L diesel V6 that puts out 237 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque. Chrysler hasn't confirmed the stats of the diesel we will get in the U.S.
2011 is officially over and for some of the automakers it was a difficult year with the earthquake in Japan and the flooding in Thailand that crippled production. Honda and Toyota were hit the hardest with sales falling off sharply for some of their popular models. Although Honda and Toyota had a difficult year, Ford and Chevy had a much better year.
Check out the list after the jump.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but Christmas and the new year are right around the corner. Today is the first day of December and with that we have the sales totals from November, which turned out to be a great month for most of the automakers.
Out of the big automakers, Honda was the only one that didn't have a good month, which was largely due to low inventory levels of the CR-V and Accord models. The Accord held the number 3 spot in October, but completely fell off the top-10 list in November. At least an all-new 2013 Accord is slated for the spring.
The top two spots were occupied by the regulars, the Ford F-Series and Chevy Silverado. The Toyota Camry came in third meaning it maintained its hold on the top selling car in the list. The Ford Escape was the top selling SUV in the list.
Check out the list after the jump.
The auto industry showed signs of improvement last month with many of the automaker's posting sales gains over the same period in 2010. Chrysler came out on top last month with sales up 27 percent, while Nissan's sales were up 18 percent. Ford's sales increased a modest 6 percent, which was brought down thanks to Lincoln and GM posted a very small increase of just under 2 percent.
The top-10 list from October saw the Honda Accord stealing the top spot from the Toyota Camry, which is all-new for 2012. The Camry's decline is largely due to the switchover from the outgoing 2011 to the all-new 2012 Camry that is just starting to show up in dealers. So the Camry could return back to the top spot in November. Other noteworthy winners last month were the Ford Escape, which saw its sales rise just over 30 percent and the Ram pickups, which saw a nice 25 percent increase.
Check out the list after the jump...
Chrysler's Ram has unveiled the Ram 392 Quick Silver pickup that is going to be unveiled at SEMA next week. The Ram 392 Quick Silver is the perfect compliment to that Dodge Viper sitting in your garage, well at least according to Chrysler.
The Ram 392 Quick Silver is based on the Ram R/T, but the 5.7L V8 has been thrown out. In exchange, engineers managed to squeeze a 470 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood. It also gets a cold air intake, headers with an electronic exhaust cutout and a cat-back exhaust system. The Ram 392 Quick Silver also gets Brembo brake kit, featuring 15-inch vented rotors and six-piston calipers to keep all that power under control. The pickup rides two inches lower on 22-inch wheels.
The exterior of the Ram 392 Quick Silver is painted in a bright silver with a black roof. The mirrors and wheels are painted in red as a nice contrast. A Mopar aero kit plus a deep-cowl aluminum hood with heat extractors makes sure the truck stands out going down the road.
August is officially gone! Most of the automakers had a good month with GM's sales up 18 percent and Nissan up 19 percent, but Toyota and Honda's sales continued to suffer. Toyota's sales were down 12.7 percent, while Honda sales fell 24.6 percent.
Even though Toyota's sales were down, the Toyota Camry held onto the top-selling car spot with the Nissan Altima right behind it. The Honda Accord returned to the top-10 list, but only at the number nine spot.
Honda and Toyota expect their sales in September to improve, since production is back at 100% following the tsunami in March.
Chrysler is expected to end production of the Dakota midsize pickup this week at its Warren truck plant. The end of the Dakota means that 39 temporary workers have already lost their jobs, but there could be more layoffs. The total layoffs could reach 150 or more.
The Dakota debuted in the late 1980's and was dubbed the first "midsize" pickup. The small truck segment has seen its market share slip dramatically since the Dakota was first launched. In 2000 Chrysler sold 177,000 Dakotas, but last year only 13,000 were sold. Ford has also announced plans to end production of its small truck, the Ranger by the end of the year.
Chrysler's CEO Sergio Marchionne has already announced plans to replace the Dakota with a car-based "lifestyle" model for the Ram brand. Marchionne has not announced when the Dakota's replacement will be released.
"We procured similarly equipped trucks from Ford, Ram and GMC and put them through the paces, towing up and down some of the toughest grades in the country covering a total of 2,200 miles," said Mike Levine, editor of PickupTrucks.com. "When we analyzed the data, the GMC Sierra 3500HD simply outperformed the trucks from Ford and Ram."
"Customers choose full-size trucks for their capabilities," said Rick Spina, vehicle line executive for full-size trucks. "For 2012, we built on the foundation we created in 2011, with engineering changes and additional validation designed to make the most capable heavy-duty pickup even better. Based on PickupTrucks.com's test results, it looks like we got the job done."
For enhanced fifth-wheel towing, engineers strengthened the pickup box sills and other box structures, rear springs, u-bolts and box mounts, and upgraded the shock tuning. As a result, Sierra 3500HD now has a best-in-class tow rating of 23,000 pounds, up from 21,700 pounds in 2011.
June was a good month for many of the automakers. Chrysler's sales were up 30%, Ford 14% and GM saw sales increase 10%. Nissan even saw its sales rebound with sales up almost 12%. Toyota and Honda are still feeling the effects from the earthquake and tsunami, with sales down 21%.
The top-10 list is still dominated by the Big 3, with only one Toyota making the list.
Check out the full list after the jump.
Chrysler has just announced that its 2012 Ram Heavy-Duty trucks will be available with a new six-speed automatic transmission.
The Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups are powered by either a 5.7L HEMI V8 or a 6.7L six-cylinder Cummins Turbo Diesel and both can be mated to the new six-speed transmission. The standard 5.7L puts out 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque. The 6.7L six-cylinder diesel impresses with its 350 horsepower and massive 800 lb-ft. of torque at only 1,500 rpm.