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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include 2013 Ram 1500 gets a finalist spot for North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year, the 2-millionth Cummins diesel engine for Ram trucks is produced, Pentastar V-6 engine is named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the third straight year, and The Chrysler Foundation helps donate toys with the help of Michigan State Police in time for the holidays.

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Ram’s 2-millionth Cummins engine to go on display.

Ram’s 2-millionth Cummins engine to go on display.

  • Milestone engine destined for display
  • RamCummins partnership spans four decades
  • Capability of current High-Output Cummins engine more than double that of original offering

December 10, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Cummins Inc. has produced its 2-millionth Diesel engine for Ram Trucks, highlighting the latest milestone in a storied partnership that spans four decades.

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2013 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab

2013 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab

  • 2013 Ram Chassis Cab goes far beyond competitive capability with best-in-class towing and best-in-class total cost of ownership
  • New 2013 Ram Chassis Cab includes significant upgrades to powertrain, frame, suspension, body, electrical architecture and interior
  • Legendary diesel power with new six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
  • 6.7-liter Cummins available with high output option producing 325 horsepower (242 kW) at 3,000 rpm and best-in-class 750 lb.-ft. of torque (559 N•m)
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 383 horsepower (286 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m), and features variable-valve timing for greater efficiency and performance (Ram 3500 Chassis Cab)
  • New Aisin AS69RC six-speed automatic transmission handles higher diesel output and offers enhanced power take-off (PTO) capability
  • Exclusive dual-inlet Ram Active Air in diesel models adjusts induction according to driving conditions for optimal performance
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change intervals on Cummins diesel
  • Advanced diesel engine cooling system enables 25-percent more heat rejection for harsh duty cycles when compared to previous design
  • Next-generation selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) system — more efficient energy
  • Innovative features combined with excellence in engineering make upfitting easy and less expensive
  • Only manufacturer to feature standard electronic stability control (ESC) on all models
  • New frame improvements include high-strength 50 KSI steel, eight cross member construction, C-channel rear rails to ensure continued unsurpassed noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), ride and handling characteristics
  • Integration of Powernet technology enables expansion of feature content by adding bandwidth to the truck’s electrical architecture
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles
  • Exterior design changes include new grilles and all-new premium lighting system with bi-functional halogen projector bulbs and LEDs for park/turn and side markers
  • New interior features include: Standard and premium vehicle information center, steering wheel and controls, instrument panel, door panels, interior colors and premium materials
  • Next-generation Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart media centers with a powerful new wireless platform that includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • New configurable premium vehicle information center with 7-inch multiview display available on SLT and standard on Laramie models
  • Best-in-class, new vehicle system interface module (VSIM)
  • New Passive Entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go

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The Ram Truck brand captures the beauty of Texas in retro-inspired print ads placed in the 2012-2013 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations guide

The Ram Truck brand captures the beauty of Texas in retro-inspired print ads placed in the 2012-2013 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations guide

  • Ram Trucks return as ‘Official Automotive Sponsor’ of guide
  • Illustrative images reminiscent of nostalgic national park posters

August 14, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Illustrative posters created in the 1930s and ’40s to stir the public’s imagination for travel and adventure are the inspiration for a new series of print advertisements for 2013 Ram pickup trucks.

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2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited

January 26, 2012 , Auburn Hills – For 2012, Ram Truck will expand its model lineup by adding the new, top-of-the-line Ram Laramie Limited. Read the rest of this entry »

December 29th, 2011 | Ram Zone – No group of people knows Cummins-powered Ram Trucks better than the over 400 attendees of the 2011 Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) Rally at the Cummins MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Indiana.

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2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

September 22, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – IntelliChoice and AutoPacific announced their 6th annual Motorist Choice Awards, naming the 2011 Ram Heavy Duty in the Popular Active Lifestyle Category.

“Twice in a row is quite an honor for Ram. We’re proud to say that Ram Heavy Duty pickups continue to earn the industry’s top awards, propelled in large part by the quality and refinements learned from the Ram 1500. Ram Trucks benefit from innovative features and reliability that are benchmarks for their segments.”

-Fred Diaz, President and CEO
Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico
Chrysler Group LLC

IntelliChoice and AutoPacific’s Motorist Choice Awards are an industry benchmark for measuring the compelling combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower than expected ownership costs over time. Each year, AutoPacific performs the broadest and most widely followed owner satisfaction survey in the U.S. with a record of over 72,000 responses in 2011. This study solicits consumer feedback on a recently purchased 2011 vehicle using 48 key attributes covering the entire ownership experience.

2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

Ram Heavy Duty

The 2011 Ram Heavy Duty brings increased capability and innovative new features to the heavy-duty segment with an uncompromising attitude that remains the standard for all full-size heavy-duty pickups.

Ram Heavy Duty is available in eight distinct trim levels – ST, SLT, Outdoorsman, Lone Star, Big Horn, Power Wagon, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn. Additionally, three cab styles (regular cab, crew cab and Mega Cab) and two cargo-box sizes (6 feet 4 inches and 8 feet), single-and dual-rear-wheel configurations.

Ram Heavy Duty also delivers the performance and amenities customers demand. The 2011 Ram Heavy Duty pickups feature a hydro-formed, fully boxed frame with advanced torsional rigidity and stiffness. A coil-spring suspension setup is used up front, while the multi-leaf spring design is maintained in the rear for heavy-duty capability. Front and rear shocks and springs are tuned for optimum ride quality and capability.

Suspension tuning and C-pillar hydro mounts improve damping through the frame-bending mode frequency in order to better manage shake and after-shake response. The result is reduced shake, which means an improved ride for the customer.

Powertrain choices include the legendary 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine, which produces 350 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and up to 800 lb.-ft. of torque at only 1,600 rpm.

The most durable and reliable engine in its class, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel features a best-in-class powertrain warranty at 5 years/100,000 miles. It also has major-overhaul intervals of 350,000 miles, providing more than a 100,000-mile advantage versus the competition.

The Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel engine uses a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to virtually eliminate particulate matter emissions and an adsorber catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by as much as 90 percent, in order to meet stringent diesel emissions requirements.

Ram Heavy Duty is the only ¾ and one-ton pickup truck to offer a lower cost, lower maintenance alternative to Diesel Emission Fluid (DEF) injection systems to be used by competitors. It’s also the only truck in the segment to offer a manual transmission.

2011 Ram 3500 Dually Laramie

2011 Ram 3500 Dually Laramie

The 2011 Ram Heavy Duty comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 gasoline engine, delivering 383 horsepower (286 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 N•m) at 4,000 rpm. The 5.7-liter HEMI was redesigned for 2009, with several new and improved technologies including Variable-valve Timing (VVT), increased compression ratio, active intake manifold with long runners for low-end torque and short runners for high-rpm power, improved cylinder head port flow efficiency and reduced-restriction exhaust and induction systems.

The 2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups offer a standard exhaust brake (diesel-equipped models only). This feature reduces brake fade, prolongs brake life and provides confidence and safety when hauling heavy loads on downhill grades. Large front (360 mm) and rear (358 mm) brakes with integrated Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) increase brake life and braking stability.

Customers in the heavy-duty segment have a range of needs, and most of them involve high levels of capability. The 2011 Ram 2500 and 3500 are designed to deliver a total package:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on 2500 4×4 crew cab diesel models of 9,600 pounds
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) on 3500 dually models with diesel, auto transmission and 4.10 rear axle of 24,500 pounds. With the Max Tow Package, GCWR is 25,400 pounds
  • GCWR on 3500 4×2 models of 24,000 pounds
  • Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):
  • 5,500 pounds on diesel 4×4 pickups
  • 5,000 pounds on diesel 4×2 pickups

Other towing features include improved trailer-tow mirrors with integrated turn signals, memory function and puddle lamps. The larger 7-in. x 11-in. trailer-tow mirrors offer improved visibility with larger convex glass surfaces. The mirrors flip up and out in a vertical configuration for improved visibility around wide trailers. Trailer-tow mirrors are standard on 3500. As an added convenience, a Class IV receiver is standard on all Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups.

The Ram Power Wagon also returns for the 2011 model year, equipped with electric-locking front and rear differentials, electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks, 32-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires, underbody skid plate protection, 4.56 axle ratio for hill climbing and a custom-built Warn® 12,000-pound winch that is accessible through the front bumper. The Ram Power Wagon also features new exterior graphics and a lower two-tone paint scheme.

2011 Ram 3500 Dually Laramie

2011 Ram 3500 Dually Laramie

About the Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they’d like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

The 2011 Ram 1500 was named a Consumers Digest Best Buy and AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star. Ram 1500’s smooth-riding suspension and 20 mpg, 390 horsepower HEMI® V-8 are just two of the reasons it beat the competition. Ram 1500 also was named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association in 2011.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Ram trucks now boast these segment exclusives:

  • Coil-spring rear suspension on Ram 1500 for best-in-class ride and handling
  • Available RamBox lockable and lighted bedside storage
  • In-floor storage on all Ram Crew Cabs
  • The largest cab in the market – Ram HD Mega Cab
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission on all diesel models
  • Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

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2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

2011 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

July 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – U.S. News & World Report has named the 2011 Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup. In the magazine’s ranking of top vehicle choices, Ram 1500 scored the highest among the eight full-size pickups available to U.S. buyers.

The rankings are based on an in-depth analysis by U.S. News editors of all published vehicle ratings, reviews and test drives.

“This honor recognizes, in aggregate, the consistent, positive reactions we’ve been getting since we launched the current Ram 1500 model. In developing the Ram 1500, our team worked hard to understand what truck customers want. Ram Truck is committed to being the truck technology and innovation leader, and that commitment will guide us as we continue to improve what is already the most awarded Ram truck ever.”

-Fred Diaz, President and CEO
Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico

Ram drew praise for its interior comfort, class-leading handling and HEMI® V-8 performance.

“The 2011 Ram 1500’s smooth, car-like ride, well-designed and comfortable interior and powerful V-8 engines make it a top pick in its class,” said the U.S. News editors.

“When Ram’s designers updated the Ram 1500 for 2011, they managed to make improvements to an already-impressive truck,” the magazine went on to say. “The result is a full-size pickup truck that many in the auto press say is the best in its class.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

““Reviewers love the Ram 1500’s ride, handling, power, and interior, even on less expensive trim levels. The Ram 1500 offers many convenient cargo solutions, such as storage cubbies underneath the rear seats on Crew Cab models. Other models offer the RamBox, lockable storage containers built into the truck bed above the wheel housings.”

The magazine cites other third-party accolades in naming the Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup:

“The Ram 1500‘s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.” — Edmunds

“The available V-8s are impressive performers, the chassis is well suited to heavy work and the Ram‘s cabin is a class leader in terms of design, ergonomics and materials.” — Edmunds

Ram earns high marks for ride comfort, creative storage options, and abundant available power. Impressive cabin trappings are a nice bonus as well. Chevy, Ford, and Toyota loyalists would do well to have a look. You may well be won over by this Best Buy.” — Consumer Guide

“When towing various size trailers on a short loop, the HEMI-powered Ram acted as if nothing was attached to the rear. It just chugged along, getting up to 60 mph with ease, even with a 9,000-pound Air Stream attached on a simple hitch” — Detroit News

“There are lots of nooks and crannies (more than 40) to hold cell phones, gloves, tools, folders and just about anything else. There are even two floor storage bins that include removable containers for easy cleaning.” — Detroit News

“Storage spaces abound: under the rear seats; in the doors, the center console, and the dual glove boxes; and within the new drainable, lockable ‘RamBox‘ bins in the bed walls.” — Car and Driver

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer.

As a stand-alone brand, Ram Truck is focused on truck customers – how they use their trucks and what features they’d like to see. Whether it’s a family that drives their half-ton Ram 1500 every day, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles without fail, Ram is going to be there for them.

For 2012, the Ram Truck brand increases the capabilities of its hardest-working trucks – the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks – and adds a new Ram Cargo Van, which expands Ram’s reach into the Class 1 segment.

Also for 2012, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500 / 3500 Heavy Duty pickups get new safety, fuel efficiency and convenience features.

Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities.

2011 Ram 1500

2011 Ram 1500

Ram trucks now boast these segment exclusives:

• Coil spring rear suspension on Ram 1500 for best-in-class ride and handling

• Available RamBox® lockable and lighted bedside storage

• In-floor storage on all Ram crew cabs

• The largest cab in the market – Ram HD Mega Cab

• Standard six-speed manual transmission on all diesel models

• 3,600-lb. towing for Class 1 cargo vans

The Chassis Cab trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability. Building on Ram Truck‘s leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment, Ram’s commercial-grade work trucks are built on proven frames and chassis, and engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum performance and enhanced commercial capability.

Equipped with a choice of engines, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine or the powerful 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, Ram Trucks offer the best powertrains in the industry and are known for their reliability. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine offers an amazing combination of power and fuel economy with 390 horsepower and 20 mpg highway. The Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickup is the only heavy-duty pickup to meet 2012 EPA compliance rules, without the need for a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

Truck customers – from half-ton to commercial – have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. The Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs and Ram Cargo van are designed to deliver a total package.

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Ram Trucks

Ram Trucks

June 30, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Ram 1500 offers a variety of models for customers who rely on their trucks for work and play.

“The Ram 1500 lineup has a truck for everyone,” said Fred Diaz, Ram Truck President and CEO and Head of National Sales — Chrysler Group LLC. “From the value priced Tradesman with a standard V-8 to the loaded Laramie Longhorn, Ram Truck brand will continue to answer our customers’ needs with products that hit high marks for durability, innovation and appearance.

5.7L HEMI V8

5.7L HEMI V8

Capability

In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 which produces 390 horsepower (283 kW), 407 lb.-ft. (548 N•m) of torque and 20 mpg, the 2012 Ram 1500 offers a flex-fuel capable 4.7-liter V-8 providing 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, and a 3.7-liter V-6 generating 215 horsepower (160 kW) and 235 lb.-ft. (319 N•m) of torque; five and six-speed automatic transmissions; part-time and on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer cases and 3.21, 3.55, 3.92 and 4.10 axle ratios.

Equipped with the HEMI, the 2012 Ram R/T regular-cab 4×2 model with a short bed and 4:10 gears blasts from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

The 2012 Ram 1500 is offered in Regular Cab, Quad Cab® and Crew Cab models, with three box lengths: 8-foot (Regular Cab), 6-foot-4-inches (Regular Cab and Quad Cab), and 5-foot-7-inches (Ram 1500 Crew Cab). Eleven trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.

A frame design incorporating high-strength steel supports segment-exclusive, multi-link coil spring rear suspension that improves ride and handling characteristics without sacrificing payload (up to 1,850 pounds) and towing capability (up to 10,250 pounds).

RamBox Holster

RamBox Holster

Convenience

The 2012 Ram 1500 Crew Cab, Quad Cab and short bed Regular Cab features an available first-in-segment RamBox cargo management system that provides weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage compartments integrated into both fender sides for effortless access and convenience. Each box holds up to five cases (120 cans) of 12-ounce beverages.

The RamBox system includes a bed divider/2-foot bed extender for oversize loads and a rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats for infinitely adjustable tie-down capability. The Ram’s tailgate features a standard assist feature that reduces the effort needed to raise and close the tailgate.

Another segment-first innovation for the Ram 1500 Crew Cab is a pair of “store in the floor” bins with removable liners that offer even more versatile storage — large enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice. Locking lids are available from Mopar.

There are many other convenient storage locations throughout the Ram 1500 including a large upper glove box, map pockets in door panels and a configurable center console.

Technically sophisticated, yet simple-to-navigate electronic and infotainment choices, includes a media center with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system available in the Quad Cab and Crew Cab. Also available is segment-first surround-sound audio.

Other premium amenities include first-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats, available heated rear seats, one-touch up/down driver and passenger windows, automatic-on headlamps and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

Craftsmanship

In addition to the exterior, the interior of the 2012 Ram 1500 stands out with an emphasis on craftsmanship expressed in premium interior appointments including six-ring instrumentation, controls, chrome accents, premium seating with bolsters and two-tone upholstery. An automatic-transmission floor shifter, incorporated into a configurable center console, is available. All Ram 1500 interiors feature “soft-touch” materials with premium fit and finish. Full-width contrasting stitching is offered on soft-touch instrument panels for select models.

On the exterior, the Ram 1500 features an aluminum hood with a large power bulge and a forward-canted grille, imparting a “head down, ready to charge” attitude, while front and rear bumpers wrap around each body side. The rear bumper on HEMI-equipped models is radiused over chromed dual exhaust tips. Attractive 20-inch wheels are available. Sills are pulled down to cover frame rails for a premium appearance. Badges are three-dimensional, rather than decals, and are designed to stand out.

Safety

On the safety and security front, the Ram 1500 offers more than 30 active and passive safety features, including standard front and rear side-curtain air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System, side seat airbags, knee bolsters, seat belt pretensioners, anti-lock brake system, BeltAlert® system, and electronic stability control; and available adjustable pedals, ParkSense® rear park assist and ParkView® rear back-up camera.

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Manufacturing

The Ram 1500 is built in two locations: Quad Cab and Crew Cab 1500 models are built at the Warren (Mich.) Assembly Plant, and Regular Cab models are built at the Saltillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.

Features

Check out some of the great features that come equipped with Ram Trucks:

  • New six-speed automatic transmission calibration with Electronic Range Select (ERS)
  • New torque converter with increased efficiency for improved fuel economy
  • New steering wheel with cruise control buttons
  • New 2012 colors: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, True Blue Pearl and Tequila Sunrise
  • Eleven Ram 1500 models, Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn
  • Factory spray-in bed liner available on all models
  • Exclusive-in-segment coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle provides ride and handling capabilities unexpected in a pickup truck
  • Bold, powerful, “get-out-of-the-way” Ram design
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics – an estimated .419 Cd
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 provides more horsepower (390 hp), torque (407 lb.-ft.) and 20 mpg
  • Shockingly fast performance: 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds (R/T model)
  • Premium seating, soft-touch materials, easy-to-use controls, floor console with shifter, and numerous storage options
  • Industry-first RamBox® cargo management system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails now available in Quad Cab and short bed Regular Cab
  • Pickup bed divider/2-foot bed extender; and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats
  • RamBox bins hold up to 10 cases of 12-ounce beverages, or other gear for work or leisure
  • First-in-segment “store in the floor” storage bins with removable liners, big enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice
  • First-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats also available
  • First-in-segment surround-sound audio system
  • More than 30 safety features, including standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system and electronic stability program with Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control
  • Side seat airbags (late availability)
  • Unsurpassed powertrain limited warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles
  • New six-speed automatic transmission calibration with Electronic Range Select (ERS)
  • New torque converter with increased efficiency for improved fuel economy
  • New steering wheel with cruise control buttons
  • New 2012 colors: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, True Blue Pearl and Tequila Sunrise
  • Eleven Ram 1500 models, Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn
  • Factory spray-in bed liner available on all models
  • Exclusive-in-segment coil-spring, multilink rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle provides ride and handling capabilities unexpected in a pickup truck
  • Bold, powerful, “get-out-of-the-way” Ram design
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics – an estimated .419 Cd
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 provides more horsepower (390 hp), torque (407 lb.-ft.) and 20 mpg
  • Shockingly fast performance: 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds (R/T model)
  • Premium seating, soft-touch materials, easy-to-use controls, floor console with shifter, and numerous storage options
  • Industry-first RamBox® cargo management system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into bed rails now available in Quad Cab and short bed Regular Cab
  • Pickup bed divider/2-foot bed extender; and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats
  • RamBox bins hold up to 10 cases of 12-ounce beverages, or other gear for work or leisure
  • First-in-segment “store in the floor” storage bins with removable liners, big enough for ten 12-ounce beverages and ice
  • First-in-segment heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats also available
  • First-in-segment surround-sound audio system
  • More than 30 safety features, including standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system and electronic stability program with Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control
  • Side seat airbags (late availability)
  • Unsurpassed powertrain limited warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles
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The Assembly Line at Warren Ram Truck Plant

The Assembly Line at Warren Ram Truck Plant

 Robert Schwarzli/President of the Ontario Ram Diesel Owners Association- “A once in a lifetime experience.” It’s a term used far too often as a general description. For a small group of Ram enthusiasts, touring the holy grail of all things Ram was literally a once in a lifetime experience! One-hundred lucky members of the Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) got a chance to tour the Warren truck plant, Dodge City, in Warren, Michigan where Dakota and Ram Trucks are built.

So what is the plant like? Picture this: 4.2 MILLION square feet and almost a mile long! More than 900 Ram Dakota and Ram 1500 trucks come off the line EVERY DAY! To top it off, this is a closed plant; meaning even most of Chrysler’s own staff is denied entry. It’s locked down tighter than a vault at Fort Knox and we’re getting a tour! But I am getting ahead of myself as usual. Let’s get back to the start of the story.

Ram Trucks Plant Tour

Ram Trucks Plant Tour

The Turbo Diesel Register is a Ram/Cummins pickup club. The club’s Ontario, Canada chapter was able to book a tour for 100 people. Registration was on a first come, first serve basis and the tour booked in less than 36 hours! Club members from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Maine, Virginia, Florida, Ontario, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Georgia, and even California and Washington showed up for the tour.

The group started early Wednesday morning with the destination of Warren set in everyone’s GPS. In the case of your author, I would be driving my heavily modified 1990 W250 Ram on the five-day tour, covering over 1500 miles. Our Ontario group convoyed to Michigan, and when we arrived at the plant, the parking lot was already buzzing with TDR members from all over the continent.

Vehicles in the parking lot consisted of Ram trucks ranging from original 1989 Cummins Rams, right up to the new 2011 trucks. Upon arrival, we checked in and proceeded to the plant auditorium, where a few Ram trucks were waiting. The truck mix consisted of a 3500 Cummins cutaway show truck, a new 1500 Long Horn, and a 1500 rolling chassis with no body, to allow for maximum chassis inspection. It was just amazing to see all of the engineering that is normally covered up by the body in person.

Q & A at the Warren Truck Plant

Q & A at the Warren Truck Plant

Around 2:00 PM, a large group of Ram engineers arrived to join us and answer in-depth questions regarding the trucks; they were joined by a special guest – Ram CEO Fred Diaz. You don’t get to meet an automaker’s CEO every day. Once everyone had arrived, the group had a photo shoot on the front lawn of the plant to remember the occasion.

Once the photos were done, we watched a presentation on the history of the plant, and we were shown a map of the plant layout. The plant does its own stamping, painting, welding, and assembly, and was originally opened as a Dodge truck plant back in 1938. Talk about a flexible, well built plant to still be in use over 60 years later!

With the plant history fresh in our minds, out onto the plant floor we went. Now, when you tour a plant of this size, it takes a long time to walk from one end to the other. So for our tour, we all got to ride on oversized golf cars. This also prevented us from walking into walls or other people due to the distraction from the assembly line!

TDR at the Warren Truck Plant

TDR at the Warren Truck Plant

So what did we see? What we saw was beyond words. We started off in the cab welding area. Here, robots take multiple sides of the cab and box, brings them all together automatically, and then welds them into one solid piece. Next up, doors and remaining sheet metal go on the body, then the body heads for paint.

Next stop was the frame assembly. The bare frame comes into the plant on railcars and is then placed onto the assembly line, where it is fitted with axles, suspension, brakes, fuel tank, wiring, steering components, and even the motor with transmission attached. Remember that body that went to paint? Well, once the chassis is complete, the body is dropped down from the ceiling by a special crane and lowered onto the truck frame.

From this point they install the interior, and any remaining body items like headlights, taillights, and under hood components are connected. By the end of the assembly line, the trucks are 100% finished and even have fuel filled into the tanks. Last stop for the trucks is a rolling chassis test to ensure that the truck accelerates smoothly and everything functions as it should. After the test, each truck goes out the door and is loaded onto a truck to head to your nearest dealer!

Touring the Warren Ram Trucks Plant

Touring the Warren Ram Trucks Plant

With the tour complete we went back into the auditorium and had a question and answer session with the Ram and Cummins engineers. Questions covered everything from body components to driveline changes – there were even a few relating to future product.

By this time the pizza had arrived, and dinner commenced with engineers, plant managers, Chrysler staff, and a few plant workers – all eating alongside the members of the TDR. With dinner coming to an end, the TDR expressed their thanks to the people of Ram for allowing this opportunity to take place. Before your author left, I made one last stop. My truck had come off the very assembly line that we toured, but on October 23, 1989. It had come home to its birthplace, so a few special photos were in order to commemorate the occasion!

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