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FIAT Doblo with Ram Trim

FIAT Doblo with Ram Trucks Trim

You knew it had to happen eventually. It was inevitable. And now here it is. The first Fiat to go Chrysler. As of right now it looks like the FIAT Doblo will be coming to US soil wearing the Ram Truck‘s trim. The above picture is not an actual photo of the new van, just what my imagination leads me to believe it may look like, with the headlights possibly being shaped more similar to a Ram 1500‘s. (This is my first attempt at photoshopping a concept vehicle, so go easy on me.)

But then again, that’s just a guess, and your guess is as good as mine! No actual photos have been released yet, but when they are, we’ll bring them your way! Here’s what Chrysler Group LLC had to say about the Fiat Doblo coming to Ram Trucks:

September 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich.; Istanbul, Turkey; Turin, Italy – A Letter of Intent has been signed between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA (FGA) and its Turkish joint-venture partner TOFAS for the supply of the Fiat Doblò vehicle to Chrysler Group where it will be sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets under the Ram brand.

Exports of the Doblò, recently voted “International Van of the Year 2011,” will commence in early 2013. The seven-year supply agreement calls for TOFAS to export a total of 190,000 units of the successful Doblò vehicle from its Bursa facility – Turkey’s largest automobile production plant.

TOFAS will invest over $160 million (USD) for the necessary U.S. and Canadian homologation and customer requirement modifications.

Listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange and established 43 years ago in 1968, TOFAS is a joint-venture between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA and the Koc Group.

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2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

August 3, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Equipment Today magazine today named the Ram 1500 Tradesman to its 2011 Contractors’ Top 50 Products awards list.

According to the Equipment Today Editor Becky Schultz: “Recipients of the award were selected based on the volume of reader inquiries and views over the past year for new products published in Equipment Today magazine and posted on the ForConstructionPros.com website.”

“I can’t imagine a better truck for hard-working professional contractors than the Ram 1500 Tradesman. The Ram Tradesman is specifically designed to meet the critical needs of construction jobsites and is engineered for maximum productivity to out-work the competition, hence the name Tradesman“.

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

Equipment Today’s 2011 Contractors’ Top 50 Products will be featured in a special section of the Sept. 2011 issue of the magazine and on ForConstructionPros.com.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

About the Ram 1500 Tradesman

Durability, reliability and value for the money are the top three considerations for truck customers. Their truck is the most important tool they own, one they’ll use every day and one that they depend on.

To meet those needs, Ram Tradesman offers better performance for the price than any other work truck.

Ram Tradesman starts with the Ram 1500, and adds useful features such as a standard HEMI V8 engine, six-speed transmission and Class IV trailer hitch with lighted above-bumper four- and seven-pin trailer wiring connectors. Ram Tradesman also comes with heavy-duty engine cooling, a heavy-duty transmission cooler and rugged Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires

Ram 1500 Tradesman combines an impressive 390 hp / 407 ft.-lb. of torque with 20 mpg fuel efficiency and delivers best-in-class standard work truck capability, towing 10,450 lbs.

The Ram 1500 Tradesman is designed to meet the needs of small businessmen, construction jobsites and commercial fleets. It’s a hard-working truck for hard-working people.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

About the Award

The editorial team from Equipment Today, which reaches 77,000 construction equipment owners, and the Equipment Network on ForConstructionPros.com, the industry’s No. 1 construction web portal, tallied product inquiries for the last 12 months, including product introductions from the construction industry’s biggest North American trade show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, which was held earlier this year.

Their analysis resulted in the final 2011 Equipment Today’s Contractors’ Top 50 Products, a listing of the industry’s foremost game changers. Additional information will be available in the September issue of Equipment Today and on ForConstructionPros.com.

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Ram Trucks

Ram Trucks

The Ram Truck Brand yesterday released a series of six videos that show various 2011 Ram Truck Vehicles. You can see the 2011 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn, 2011 Ram 1500 Express2011 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab with Dakota Bodies service body upfit, 2011 Ram 3500 Max Tow2011 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab with Knapheide dump body as well as the 2011 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab with Terex aerial device and Dakota body in the videos below.

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as the newest Chrysler Group LLC vehicle brand. Creating a stand-alone 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.

For 2011, the Ram Truck brand added the hardest-working Ram trucks — the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks — to its already award-winning truck lineup which includes the rugged and reliable Dakota, the Ram Cargo Van, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups.

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 hp HEMI V8 are just two of the reasons it beat the competition. Ram 1500 was also named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

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Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

May 2, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – They don’t get much bigger, have more range or more pulling power than the Ram “Long-Hauler” Concept truck.

On display at selected events across the country, the Ram Long-Hauler is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and is designed to suit the needs of anyone that tows multiple or heavy trailers, drives long distances or small business owners looking for a “work horse” at the job site.

Designers started with a Class 5 Ram 5500 Crew Cab and converted to a Mega Cab passenger compartment, added an 8-foot box and upped the range between refueling stops with a mid-ship fuel tank. Combined with a second frame-mounted tank and a third, optional, bed-mounted auxiliary tank, total fuel capacity is 170 gallons.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

With a 197.4 – inch wheelbase and 37,500 Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), the concept Long-Hauler from Ram is just the truck for those wanting to step up from a traditional Class 3 (one-ton) or Class 4 truck. Overall length of the Ram Long-Hauler is 24 feet, height is 79.1 inches and estimated curb weight is 9,300 lbs.

The powertrain for the concept truck includes an inline six-cylinder 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ram’s legendary diesel engine is mated to a six-speed, Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.

Riding on a full Kelderman Air Suspension front and rear and 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, on-road driving dynamics are civilized and even the toughest road surfaces are easily absorbed providing the driver and passengers with a smooth, comfortable ride. In fact Ram Long-Hauler‘s ride qualities are more inline with those of a 3/4-ton truck. The suspension package also is self-leveling with kneel feature.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

On the exterior, brilliant black paint is accented by white gold metallic lower two-tone including body side moldings and wide wheel flares at the front and rear. Up front, a bull bar extends the entire width of the vehicle. For full use of the bed, the spare tire is located under the box. To help make trailer line-up easier on the fifth wheel, a separate back-up camera provides a full view of the bed.

A custom hitch-access tailgate allows easy hook-ups without the need to open or remove the entire tailgate.

Inside, interior noise levels have been heavily dampened with an upgraded NVH package that ensures a quiet cabin environment. The Long-Hauler includes 2+2 leather seating with a specific, high comfort driver seat. Rear passenger comfort is assured with power-adjustable footrests and a rear center console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders and tray tables.

In-cabin power includes 115V and 12V outlets front and rear. With the interior Wi-Fi enabled, passengers can easily work on laptop computers connected to the Internet during long drives.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Additional cabin features also include a laptop storage area and a safe for valuables. Interior items designed to keep the driver monitoring of vehicle performance will include a tire pressure monitoring system, rear axle temperature gauge and exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges. Convenience features also include an inductive charger and DVD player with overhead screen for rear seat passengers to enjoy their favorite programs and entertainment.

The rear seats and console also fold flat for additional storage or as a berth for resting.

Ram Truck has identified a potential market for a Class 5 pickup, including race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers and rodeo competitors, boaters and commercial expediting operations.

The Ram Long-Hauler, while only a concept, will be seen across the country in the next eight months to help gauge public opinion on the appeal of a vehicle that provides an upgrade from a 1-ton truck without moving up to a full Class 6 truck.

To read more about the Ram Long Hauler Concept and where you can check it out, visit the original post from Chrysler.

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2012 Ram 5500 with Boxtruck Body Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Boxtruck Body Upfit

More good news in the Ram world! It seems the Chrysler Group Brands have racked up quite a few awards lately, with the latest being awarded to the 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs.

Last week, Work Truck magazine named the Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab truck its 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

2012 Ram 5500 with Rollback Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Rollback Upfit

Nineteen vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which medium-duty truck model best fit their fleet requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.

“The commercial truck segment is all about total cost of ownership. When you account for fuel economy, brake wear, tire wear and the best powertrain warranty in the business, Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the lowest cost of ownership.”

Fred Diaz
Ram Truck President
CEO and Head of U.S. Sales – Chrysler Group LLC

 

2012 Ram 5500 with Tow Truck/Wrecker Upfit

2012 Ram 5500 with Tow Truck/Wrecker Upfit

The May/June issue of Work Truck magazine will feature a complete article on the Medium-Duty Truck of the Year award.

Earlier this month, Ram Truck announced that 2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 medium-duty Chassis Cab commercial trucks will be available with an optional 30,000-lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR), an increase from 26,000 lbs.

2012 Ram 5500 with Dump Bed Upfit and Snow Plow

2012 Ram 5500 with Dump Bed Upfit and Snow Plow

The info above is from a Chrysler New Release, click here to read more about the 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Ram Adventurer

2011 Ram "Adventurer"

The Ram Truck Brand today announced that it would launch a new Ram 1500 model aimed squarely at first-time buyers and owners who are looking for a vehicle with performance and style that they can customize and make their own.

2011 Ram Adventurer

2011 Ram "Adventurer"

The as-yet-to be-named Ram 1500 model has been developed under the code name “Adventurer,” and borrows the formula of the highly acclaimed 2011 Ram Tradesman.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

The Ram Tradesman — unveiled Feb. 9, at the Chicago Auto Show — is a value-priced, HEMI®-powered Ram 1500 regular cab truck that appeals to a cost-conscious, new-vehicle buyer who doesn’t want to give up performance and capability. The unnamed new Ram 1500, like the Ram Tradesman, offers buyers a standard HEMI V8 engine with its 20 mpg rating for the same price competitors are charging for their V6 engines.

HEMI 5.7L V8

HEMI 5.7L V8

“We know we have the formula right,” said Ram Truck President and CEO Fred Diaz. “Now we just need a great name that promotes pride of ownership. This new Ram model will be an attractive alternative for a younger or first-time buyer looking for performance at an affordable price. Case in point, it will have more horsepower and a lower base price than our competitors’ entry-level performance cars with the added benefit of versatility and capability.”

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

Ram Truck executives had planned to introduce the new Ram 1500 model later in the 2011 calendar year, but based on an overwhelming response to the Ram Tradesman, pulled ahead launch plans and opened the dealer ordering process with only a code name – Adventurer – to work with.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

“This is going to be a great-looking, sports truck.” added Diaz. “A buyer will be able to drive off in a new HEMI-powered Ram Truck with money left over for other things, like Mopar accessories. There’s nothing in the market – and that includes other trucks, as well as cars — that can compete with this truck’s blend of style, exhilarating performance and value.”

Check out the Press Release to learn more about the Ram Tradesman, or the Press Release for the Ram “Adventurer.”

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