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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 honored as Motor Trend Truck of the Year, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited named Four Wheeler of the Year, Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys, November sales, Sergio Marchionne charitable foundation and Chrysler House gets a new look.

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2013 Ram 1500

2013 Ram 1500

  • Best-in-class fuel economy 18 city 25 highway:
    • New 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s 10 Best Engines) 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
    • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing (VVT) provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks, beating competitive turbo V-6 engines
  • Class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8) standard equipment with 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, doubles the amount of gears compared to previously available four-speed automatic transmission to greatly improve fuel economy and contribute to best-in-class standard V-6 towing
  • New eight-speed also available with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8– the Company’s first application with a V-8 (TorqueFlite 8 late availability)
  • New TorqueFlite 8 operated by an innovative dash-mounted, rotary e-shift design
  • First-in-segment Fuel Saver Technology: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension
  • 2013 Ram 1500 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices average just over 1 percent higher than 2012 prices
  • Ram 1500 continues to be the best-value fullsize pickup in America with starting price of $23,585, including $995 destination charge
  • Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control and off-road capability along with improved entry/exit and loading, and features automatic load leveling
  • New exterior design cues including all-new grille/fascia, improved quad projection headlamps and LED front turn signals and taillamps
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics, coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.360
  • New, upgraded interior features include: standard and premium multiview display, passive entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go, steering wheel and controls, wood accents, updated door panels, instrument panel, interior colors and premium materials
  • All-new, next-generation Uconnect Access debuts on the 2013 Ram 1500 with Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart media centers with a powerful new wireless platform
  • With Uconnect Access, Ram 1500 owners will have alternative ways to access new connected services and applications via the vehicle’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display or the web
  • Next generation Uconnect system is designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the latest features and services
  • Voice-recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touchscreen displays and traditional controls provide Ram 1500 customers with a variety of ways to interact with their mobile phones, music, navigation system and applications
  • Ram 1500 now available with a premium, customizable, full-color 7-inch multiview display
  • Addition of Powernet vehicle architecture system allows new content with improved data speeds
  • Chrysler Group offers Ram 1500 customers expanded SiriusXM Radio channel lineup, with exclusive programming including new SiriusXM Latino channels, an automotive industry first
  • Sprint selected as the strategic partner to bring wireless connectivity and service delivery to the vehicle
  • New remote central locking RamBox cargo management system and tailgate combined with door locks
  • New rain sensing wipers, SmartBeam headlamps, power folding mirrors and power sliding rear window with defrost
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles

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2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

  • Ram Outdoorsman designed for hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters
  • Features standard trailer-towing upgrades, interior and exterior lighting enhancements, off-road-oriented tires, and rugged exterior appearance
  • Professional Outdoor Media Association members provided first look at popular model

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2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

  • Best-in-class fuel economy
  • New 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s Automotive 10 Best Engines) 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
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks (at least 10 percent better fuel economy when compared to 2012 V-8 powertrain)
  • Class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8), standard equipment with 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar, doubles the amount of gears compared to previously available four-speed automatic transmission to greatly improve fuel economy
  • New eight-speed also available with the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI – the Company’s first application with a V-8 (TorqueFlite 8 late availability)
  • New TorqueFlite 8 operated by an innovative dash-mounted, rotary e-shift design
  • First-in-segment Fuel Saving Technology: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension
  • Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control and off-road capability along with improved ingress/egress and loading, and features automatic load leveling
  • New exterior design cues including all-new grille/fascia, improved quad projection headlamps and LED front turn signals and taillamps
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics, coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.363
  • New, upgraded interior features include: standard and premium vehicle information center, passive entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go, steering wheel and controls, wood accents, updated door panels, instrument panel, interior colors and premium materials
2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

  • All-new, next-generation Uconnect® Access debuts on the 2013 Ram 1500
  • Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart Media Centers with a powerful new wireless platform
  • With Uconnect Access, Ram 1500 owners will have alternative ways to access new connected services and applications via the vehicle’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display or the web
  • Next generation Uconnect system is designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the latest features and services
  • Voice-recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touchscreen displays and traditional controls provide Ram 1500 customers with a variety of ways to interact with their mobile phones, music, navigation system and applications
  • Ram 1500 now available with a premium, customizable, full-color 7-inch vehicle information center
  • Addition of Powernet vehicle architecture system allows new content with improved data speeds
  • Chrysler Group offers Ram 1500 customers expanded Sirius XM Radio channel lineup, with exclusive programming including new SiriusXM Latino channels, an automotive industry first
  • Sprint selected as the strategic partner to bring wireless connectivity and service delivery to the vehicle
  • New remote central locking RamBox® cargo management system and tailgate combined with door locks
  • New rain sensing wipers, SmartBeam® headlamps, power folding mirrors and power sliding rear window with defrost
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles

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Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I break down some of the awesome storage options featured in this Week’s Brandl Media Minute. Today we’re working with a 2011 Ram 1500 in the Laramie LongHorn Trim. This beauty is loaded with some amazing features, most obviously the Saddle Leather Seats. One thing that’s not immediately evident are all of the innovative storage options this truck has to offer, most notably the segment exclusive RamBox. I also show off some of the in floor storage located on Crew Cab Rams, as well as the additional glove box located in the dash.

Stay tuned because we will be doing more Brandl Media Minute Videos explaining more of the great things these vehicles can do! If you have any questions about how to operate your Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry system, as well as your Uconnect or Media Center radio, or have suggestions on other topics we should cover, send me an email at LT@BrandlMotors.com

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories for the week ending September 30, 2011, include Ram Truck brand reveals extended RamBox, the Crew and Quad Cab 1500 Express and the Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty at the Texas State Fair; Ram Truck launches a new Hispanic ad campaign; the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car sets fastest lap time in Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation test at Michigan’s Grattan Raceway; and 2011 Dodge Viper ACR recaptures production car lap record at Germany’s famed Nürburgring road course.

New for 2012-  The 60-inch RamBox

New for 2012- The 60-inch RamBox

  • Ram expands innovative RamBox® system to accommodate 6-foot-4-inch bed lengths
  • RamBox now available in all trim levels and Ram HD models

September 29, 2011 , Dallas – The Ram Truck brand has developed a new version of the unique RamBox® cargo management system to fit Ram pickup trucks with 6-foot-4-inch bed lengths. The addition of a 6-foot-4-inch RamBox model dramatically expands the feature’s availability to include the majority of Ram truck models.

Now, in addition to the 5-foot-7-inch RamBox, which was previously available only on Ram 1500 Crew Cab models, buyers can opt for RamBox on Ram pickups with 6-foot-4-inch bed lengths, including Ram 1500 regular cab and Quad Cab® models and Ram 2500 and 3500 (single rear wheel) Crew Cab and Mega Cab models.

Ram also will offer the RamBox option on the ST price class, making the feature available on all trim levels.

“The 6-foot-4-inch RamBox is the definition of ‘more of a good thing. We have dramatically expanded RamBox availability and given it an outstanding price. Having convenient, secure storage for your gear – whether it’s worksite tools, sporting equipment or a few cases of refreshments for the team – makes RamBox one of the greatest innovations that you’ll find on a pickup truck.”

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

2012 Ram 2500HD with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

2012 Ram 2500HD with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

Today’s announcement means that the RamBox option is now available on more than 80 percent of all Ram pickups.

The new RamBox trucks with 6-foot-4-inch bed measures 60 inches in length versus 50.5 inches for the 5-foot-7-inch model – an increase of 18 percent. Interior volume grows proportionately, from 7.3 cubic feet to 8.6 cubic feet.

With the added length and volume, the new RamBox can hold long-handled shovels, one-piece fishing rods and up to 140 beverage cans.

For 2012, buyers will find that RamBox pricing has not increased. In fact, Ram has reduced the price of both 6-foot-4-inch and 5-foot-7-inch RamBoxes by 32 percent to an attractive $1,295.

About RamBox

RamBox provides secure storage options for tradesmen, craftsmen, sportsmen, athletes and outdoorsmen. RamBox can store golf clubs, fishing rods, sports gear, tool boxes and more.

RamBox is a segment-exclusive cargo management system that includes three key elements:

  • Two weatherproof, lockable, drainable, lighted storage bins that run the length of the pickup bed and are as wide as the wheel well, creating a total of 8.6 cubic feet of space. The side bins are large enough to hold items including: a set of golf clubs, helmets, toolboxes, kayak paddles, fishing rods, chainsaws or beverage cans and ice. RamBox side bins create storage along each side of the pickup bed space previously left untouched due to wheel-well intrusion. RamBox bins fit the length of the pickup bed and incorporate the space over each wheel well to secure cargo within a lit, lockable and drainable container. Lids include swing hinges with intermediate and full-open positions that lift the lid 90 degrees perpendicular to each side.
  • An adjustable bed divider/extender that fits on the lowered tailgate and adds 2 feet of additional length to secure longer loads. The bed divider creates individual compartments in the pickup bed to separate payload equipment such as tools or equipment. It can be conveniently stowed in the front of the bed when not in use;
  • And a cargo rail system with sliding, adjustable cleats for infinitely adjustable tie-down versatility.
2012 Ram Power Wagon with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

2012 Ram Power Wagon with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

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.

2012 Ram 2500HD with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

2012 Ram 2500HD with 6-foot-4-inch RamBox

Check out the video below for a walk around on one of the new 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel powered 2012 Ram 3500 Outdoorsman, Featuring the new longer RamBox at around 2:51. As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

September 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The editors of PickupTrucks.com today named the Ram 1500 Best $30,000 Pickup in their first ever value shootout.

The Best $30,000 Pickup Truck Shootout pitted a Ram 1500 Quad Cab HEMI® against similarly priced entries from Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan and Toyota. Entries were judged on towing capacity, performance, handling, styling and fuel economy.

“This test is an overwhelmingly strong third-party validation of Ram Truck‘s Value for the money and proof positive that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our truck customers. The Ram 1500 Quad Cab is one of our most popular models. Ram Quad Cab gives you four full doors and seating for up to six adults. Equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Ram 1500 balances 20 mpg fuel economy with the performance and capability of 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque. Ride comfort is also exceptional, thanks to a Ram 1500’s segment-exclusive coil spring rear suspension.”

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

2011 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

2011 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

“The Ram was the overall winner because rather than being a standout in any one category, it did well across the board. In a contest so focused on value, the truck that does well in the most overall categories is likely to come out on top. The Ram not only outperformed the other four trucks, but also has the fewest sacrifices or compromises, feature-wise. That’s exactly why it won. This shootout was all about best bang for your buck. With money being a major concern for everyone right now and pickup trucks being the best-selling vehicles in the country, it was important for the focus of this shootout to be about value over anything else.”

-Mark Williams
PickupTrucks.com Editor

2011 Ram 1500

2011 Ram 1500

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.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

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.

As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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.

As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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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