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Chrysler Pacifica, Ram 1500 Repeat as Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award Winners

  • Chrysler Pacifica earns Minivan category award for the fourth consecutive year
  • Ram 1500 extends top honor streak in the Large Pickup category to 12th year in a row
  • Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy award winners chosen by editors after analyzing, comparing, evaluating and extensively testing all major models available in the United States

The Chrysler Pacifica and Ram 1500 are celebrating Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards in the Minivan and Large Pickup categories, extending impressive win streaks in their respective segments.

Consumer Guide editors select the winners after analyzing, comparing, evaluating and extensively testing all major models available in the United States.

“As the winner of the Best Buy crown for the fourth year in a row, the Pacifica offers class-leading horsepower and fuel economy, excellent road manners and ride quality, and an unmatched array of family-friendly features … all wrapped up in a stylish package,” said Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. “The 2020 Ram 1500 offers an unbeatable ride/handling combination along with a high level of refinement, premium cabin appointments and unique features.” 

Chrysler Pacifica, the most awarded minivan since 2016 with more than 125 industry accolades, is the minivan category winner for the fourth year in a row, claiming the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy award in the Minivan segment each year since its debut.

New for 2020, the Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition brings a new look and a huge burst of attitude and color to Pacifica’s already class-leading functional interior. The exclusive Red S interior features Rodèo Red premium Nappa leather two-tone seats accented by Light Diesel Grey stitching and piping and an “S” logo on the seatbacks. Silver Metal Brush hydro bezels embellish the instrument panel and door trim.

Exterior finishes include a Red S liftgate badge and Black Noise Chrysler wing badges with Velvet Red inserts. The Pacifica Red S Edition rides on 20-inch wheels (18-inch on Pacifica Hybrid) with a Black Noise finish. The package is rounded out by standard Advanced SafetyTec, featuring more than 100 safety and security features, 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and KeySense. 

The Ram 1500, the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup, is celebrating its 12th straight win in the Large Pickup category, dating back to 2008. 

The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. 

For 2020 the Ram 1500 becomes America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and is the most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 12,560 pounds. The all-new third-generation 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine propels the 2020 Ram 1500 to an industry-leading range, exceeding 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Consumer Guide Automotive editors analyze, compare and evaluate numerous vehicles by extensively testing all major models available in the United States. According to Consumer Guide Automotive, a vehicle does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings; Best Buys also distinguish themselves as good values compared to other vehicles in their class. For more information on the 2020 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award winners, visit consumerguide.com.

About the Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid
The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain. It’s the first and only electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. With more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wifi and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan since 2016, with both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serving as no-compromise minivans ideally suited for today’s families.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.

About Consumer Guide Automotive
Since 1967, Consumer Guide has published authoritative, objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Its staff of full-time automotive editors boasts more than 100 years of combined automotive experience. Consumer Guide’s singular focus is to make car shopping easier for consumers. Consumer Guide editors provide professional, unbiased evaluations of nearly 1500 new and used vehicles as well as expert shopping advice and insightful automotive editorials. Consumer Guide is based in Morton Grove, Illinois. It is published by Publications International, Ltd.

About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Ram 1500 Named 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ by Green Car Journal

  • Ram 1500 named Green Truck of the Year™ for the second consecutive year
  • All-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque and diesel towing capability
  • 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel leads all trucks in fuel range with over 1,000 miles between fill-ups
Ram 1500 Named 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ by Green Car Journal
Ram 1500 Named 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ by Green Car Journal

Green Car Journal has named the Ram 1500 as its 2020 Green Truck of the Year™. The announcement was made today at the 51st annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

The Ram 1500’s all-new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel leads the half-ton pickup truck segment in torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles.

“The all-new EcoDiesel engine and our eTorque mild-hybrid V-6 Pentastar and V-8 HEMI® engines offer Ram 1500 customers multiple fuel-efficient powertrain choices,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “We are honored to receive the Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our commitment to powertrain technology leadership in the truck segment.” Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional criteria that define what makes a great pickup, such as capability, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from five finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.

“The Ram 1500 stands out in the pickup field, not only with its exclusive use of eTorque mild-hybrid technology, but also with a more powerful EcoDiesel engine that’s EPA rated up to 32 highway mpg,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “That kind of fuel efficiency – and attendant carbon emissions reduction – is particularly impressive in a pickup offering the great functionality, recreational and work capabilities, and overall driving enjoyment of the Ram 1500. Its distinction as the 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ is well deserved.”

New for 2020, the third generation of the turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 delivers increased torque and horsepower, along with superb fuel economy and minimal levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) to meet the needs of Ram 1500 owners. In the 2020 Ram 1500, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 is rated at a best-in-class 480 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm, a 14 percent increase from the previous-generation EcoDiesel V-6 that peaks 400 rpm earlier. Horsepower increases 8 percent to 260 hp at 3,600 rpm. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel. 

About Ram Truck Brand

In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. 

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

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2020 Jeep® Gladiator’s new axles provide greater capability

The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator entered the midsize truck market with a lot of anticipation and unmatched capability.

Enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Jeep truck for years, with the intensity increasing following the release of the new Jeep Wrangler. But before the Gladiator was introduced, Jeep engineers made sure it was most capable on the market.

One of the Gladiator’s features that allows it to deliver legendary off-road capability is the advanced 4×4 systems. 

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

The Command-Trac 4×4 system, which is standard on Sport and Overland models, features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio.

On the Gladiator Rubicon, a Rock-Trac 4×4 system features heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.

“To meet the payload requirements, we went to the heavy-duty Dana 44 axles,” said Pete Milosavlevski, chief engineer. 

The standard heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear solid axles on the Gladiator also have extra-thick tubes and forgings for additional strength, rigidity and durability.

To learn more about the Jeep Gladiator and its unmatched capability, visit Jeep.com.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler EcoDiesel offers the ultimate fuel efficiency and driving range for a Wrangler

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

The go-anywhere, do-anything Jeep® Wrangler can now go even further and do even more with the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel model.

The new 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel will soon be available with the most fuel-efficient and highest torque-rated Wrangler engine ever with the introduction of the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine.

“One of the most common questions consumers have asked us over the last few years has been, ‘Will you please offer a Jeep Wrangler diesel?’ I’m pleased to answer that with a resounding ‘Yes!,’” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “I recently drove the new Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can unquestionably attest to its incredible off-road capability. Combining that unmatched off-road capability with the vehicle’s fun-to-drive on-road performance, best-ever Wrangler fuel economy and incredible driving range underwrite the fact that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for.”

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

This is the first time a diesel-powered Wrangler has been offered in North America and it will be available in four-door EcoDiesel models of the Wrangler Sport, Sahara and Rubicon.

These Wranglers will be powered by the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard. 

To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel V-6 connects to a newly added TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and the on- and off-road rigors of Jeep Wrangler duty.

There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and 4×4 capability.

The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019.

2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

For more information about the Wrangler, visit Jeep.com.

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Red Alert: Orders Open, Pricing Announced for 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

Chrysler is turning up the heat in the minivan segment, adding a new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition for the 2020 model year.
Chrysler is turning up the heat in the minivan segment, adding a new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition for the 2020 model year.
  • New Red S Edition delivers custom attitude to the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Available Red S Edition includes class-exclusive Rodèo Red premium Nappa leather seats, 20-inch wheels with a Black Noise finish, Advanced SafetyTec Package, Harman Kardon 20-speaker premium audio, KeySense, unique badging and more
  • One out of every three Pacifica models sold features the popular S Appearance; the new Red S Edition takes the custom look even further
  • Red S Edition is available on both Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid models
  • Ordering is now open for Pacifica Red S gas-powered vehicles with a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,995
  • The Pacifica Hybrid is among the top five best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in the industry
  • The most awarded minivan over the last three years, Chrysler Pacifica has earned more than 120 industry honors and accolades

Chrysler is turning up the heat in the minivan segment, adding a new Red S Edition for the 2020 model year. The new Red S Edition builds on the popularity of the Chrysler Pacifica S model, adding a crimson customized attitude for the no-compromise minivan.

“There’s nothing better than a minivan at hauling both people and stuff, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “One out of every three Pacifica models sold features the blacked-out S Appearance. The Pacifica’s new Red S Edition takes that factory customization even further, giving families a chance to really make a statement in the school drop off line.”

The new Red S Edition is available on both Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid (late availability) models. Ordering is now open for gas models at Chrysler dealerships at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,995.

Red S Edition: A burst of color for Pacifica’s flexible interior
The new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition builds on FCA’s 35-year legacy as the minivan leader and innovator, bringing a new look and a huge burst of attitude and color to Pacifica’s already class-leading functional interior. The exclusive Red S interior features Rodèo Red premium Nappa leather two-tone seats accented by Light Diesel Grey stitching and piping and a “S” logo on the seatbacks. Silver Metal Brush hydro bezels embellish the instrument panel and door trim.

Exterior finishes include a Red S liftgate badge and Black Noise Chrysler wing badges with Velvet Red inserts. The Pacifica Red S Edition rides on 20-inch wheels (18-inch on Pacifica Hybrid) with a Black Noise finish. The package is rounded out by Advanced SafetyTec, featuring many of the more than 100 standard and available safety and security features of the Pacifica, 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and KeySense.

The Red S Edition will be available in a range of six exterior paint color options, including the new-for-2020 Ceramic Grey Clear Coat, as well as Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Maximum Steel Clear Coat.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid
Also new for the 2020 lineup, a honeycomb grille pattern now comes standard on the Pacifica Hybrid models. New available interior design elements include Nova Black bezels on the instrument panel and door trim. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof option is now available on all Pacifica gas models and available with eight-passenger seating for the first time.

Pacifica Touring L and Touring L Plus models include standard driver seat memory, while the Pacifica Hybrid Touring model adds a standard universal garage door opener, second-row sunshades and an available Stow ‘n Place roof rack. Pacifica Hybrid Limited now features second-row, one-touch windows.

The popular S Appearance model, introduced in 2017, is also available for the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at an MSRP of $795. An option chosen by one of every three Pacifica owners, the S Appearance features black accents inside and out, creating a customized, athletic look, and includes 18-inch wheels with a Black Noise finish and badging, Gloss Black accents throughout the exterior and an all-black interior with black seats with Light Diesel Gray accents and the “S” logo.

About the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid
The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain. It’s the first and only electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. With more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wifi and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica has earned its spot as the most awarded minivan since 2016, with both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serving as no-compromise minivans ideally suited for today’s families.

About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA is an international automotive group listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology since the company was founded in 1925. The Chrysler Pacifica continues to reinvent the minivan, a segment Chrysler invented, with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its class-exclusive, innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. The Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand’s promise of iconic and elegant design executed with world-class performance, efficiency and quality – all at an attainable value. Chrysler is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.

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New Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition and Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions Unveiled at State Fair of Texas

New Ram 1500 Limited Black and Heavy Duty Night Editions Unveiled at the State Fair of Texas
New Ram 1500 Limited Black and Heavy Duty Night Editions Unveiled at the State Fair of Texas
  • New Ram editions offer a wide selection of exterior appointments and content allowing for ultimate personalization
  • New Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition enhances the well-appointed Limited trim with black exterior accents, sport performance hood and 22-inch black wheels
  • Ram adds new Heavy Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions to the lineup, featuring black wheels, black badging and other exterior details
  • Ram Truck display at the State Fair of Texas offers full lineup of Ram trucks, including the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, 1500 Rebel Black and Ram 1500 Night Edition

Ram Truck today unveiled a new 1500 Limited Black Edition and Heavy Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions at the State Fair of Texas. These new models will offer truck buyers an even wider selection of exterior appointments and content for even greater personalization.

Ram 1500, the reigning Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck of Texas, is taking the premium Limited model to new heights with the introduction of the Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition. The newest leader of Ram’s opulent offerings builds upon the luxurious Limited trim with even more comfort, technology and refinement.

“Along with increasing capability, technology and efficiency, Ram is always looking for ways to create more comfort and refinement for our customers. The new Limited Black Edition is another example of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Additionally, the new Heavy Duty Big Horn and Laramie Night Editions now offer an even wider selection of personalized content.”

The 2020 Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition stands out, courtesy of the following black accents, including: grille with R-A-M letters, badging, tow hooks, exhaust, premium LED headlamps, grille surround, bumpers, door handles and side-view mirrors. Other standard features on the Limited Black Edition include 22-inch black wheels, tonneau cover and sport performance hood. The Ram 1500 Limited Black is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations and with the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel, 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 and 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with eTorque. The Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $53,690.

The Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions, available on Big Horn and Laramie models, also join the lineup for 2020 and include a monochromatic design enhanced by a black grille with body-colored surround, black badging and black 20-inch wheels. For the first time, Ram Heavy Duty trucks equipped with dual rear wheels now get 17-inch black wheels with machined pockets. The headlamps and tail lights feature dark bezels. The Ram Heavy Duty Night Edition is available on Ram 2500 and 3500 4×2 and 4×4 Crew Cabs and Mega Cabs with a choice of 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 or renowned 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 featuring the highest available torque at 1,000 lb.-ft. The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions has a starting MSRP of $37,995.

A long list of options and upgrades are available on Ram trucks, including the lighted and lockable RamBox cargo management system with adjustable tie-down cleats and bed divider, and the innovative Multifunction Tailgate.

Ram 1500 features a link-coil suspension for the segment’s best ride and handling, and is also available with an exclusive four-corner air suspension system with five different ride heights (off-road 1, off-road 2, normal, aero and entry/exit). The Ram 2500 link-coil suspension delivers the industry’s best ride and handling, and can be enhanced with the addition of an optional rear air suspension system with two driver-selectable ride heights and load-leveling feature. Ram 3500 also offers the industry’s only supplemental rear air bag system with Hotchkiss leaf springs.

Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition trucks begin reaching dealerships late third quarter 2019. Ram Heavy Duty Night Editions go on sale later fourth quarter.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles.

That focus leads Ram to design the industry’s most innovative, award-winning trucks, emphasizing durability, strength, technology and efficiency.

With a full lineup of trucks, including ProMaster and ProMaster City vans, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go. From the no-compromise Ram 1500 that defines the future of pickup trucks with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology, to the Ram Heavy Duty which combines the ability to out-power, out-tow and out-haul every single competitor with the segment’s most comfortable ride and handling, Ram is committed to product leadership.

 Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:

  • Most powerful: 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Highest towing capacity: 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Heaviest payloads: 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road

Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the Ram Truck lineup steps forward with the full force of modern capability providing confidence-inspiring features and class-exclusive vehicle safety.

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New Ram 1500 Leading Light in Safety

Safety is nothing to make light of. But light can certainly enhance vehicle safety, as demonstrated by the 2019-20 Ram 1500.

FCA recently refined the performance of the redesigned pickup’s available, curve-adaptive, LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist. The result? 

The reigning Motor Trend Truck of the Year made history as the first full-size pickup to capture a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Specifically, the rating applies to models built after May of this year that feature the refined headlamp system and Ram’s Automatic Emergency Braking technology, Forward Collision Warning-Plus. 

But the road to Ram’s success runs through an elite test site in a corner of Canada known as that country’s automotive nucleus – the Lighting Research Facility at the Advanced Research and Development Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

“The Lighting Research Facility features an exceptional working dynamic,” says Antonio Mancina, FCA Head of Canada Engineering. “And the results we are able to achieve resonate where they matter – on the road, for the benefit of our customers.”

Jointly operated by FCA and the University of Windsor, the facility leverages the combined energy and insights of students, professors and engineers as they work together on research initiatives. At more than 25,000 square feet, it is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world.

Such scale is appropriate because redesigning FCA’s best-selling vehicle, the Ram 1500, was no minor responsibility. The truck’s lighting technology profited from the site’s controlled laboratory environment that simulates a two-lane roadway, including roadside markings and reflectors. 

It also houses advanced light-measurement equipment to accommodate optimal accuracy when compiling quantitative lighting assessments.

Such resources signal lights out for the Ram 1500’s competitors. 

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Chrysler, Hello Bello Team Up for Detroit School Kids

The Chrysler brand and two Michigan natives who ‘made it big’ have teamed up to help 250 K-4 Detroit school kids get the school year off to a great start. On September 13, two Hello Bello-wrapped Chrysler Pacifica minivans rolled up to Detroit Prep, a free public charter school located on Detroit’s east side.

Actress Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard co-founded Hello Bello with the goal of providing families with better and cleaner solutions to tackle their everyday lives. The company distributes its signature plant-based baby care products to various groups across the country.  

The minivans were jam packed with personal items, including shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizers and detergents for each of the students. In addition, Tea clothing provided a selection of new shirts, pants and other clothing items for the students. 

The Chrysler brand donated enough lunch boxes for every Detroit Prep student, along with much-needed school supplies. A big, and very welcome, surprise for the school came when the Chrysler brand, Hello Bello and Walmart teamed up to presented the school with two separate checks totaling $22,500 to turn their dream of a new playground into a reality.  

Both Hello Bello and the Chrysler brand share the goal of helping all children achieve a quality education, whether public, private or charter school. Detroit Prep impressed the teams with its entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to education, and its contribution to the City of Detroit’s continued growth by moving into and restoring a 100-year-old school that had been abandoned for the past nine years.

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All-new Jeep® Gladiator has features only a Jeep pickup could offer

The interior of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator offers a number of unique features that only a pickup by Jeep could offer.

Exclusive all-new rear seats with a secure storage design, open-air freedom and a heritage-inspired center stack are among the many innovative, functional and intuitive features offered in a Gladiator. 

Jeep Gladiator

This mix of precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials resulted in the Gladiator being named one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2019.

“The Gladiator’s rugged interior styling is a subtle balance of premium materials, must-have features and technology that turns the basic daily drive into an adventure,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA. “The truck encompasses the spirit of the Jeep brand while checking all the boxes our customers desire.”

These offerings include the ability to take the doors off and the top off, something that is absolutely unique to the Gladiator. A push-button starter, featuring a weatherproof surround, comes standard. A 7.0- or an available 8.4-inch touchscreen houses the fourth-generation Uconnect system and sits prominently atop the center stack.

“We think that all of the thoughtfulness that we put into the interior offers the customer something that they’ve always wanted in a pickup truck, but was never available to them,” said Chris Benjamin, head of Jeep engineering design. “The Gladiator is about functionality. It is about how you use it. It is about your lifestyle.”

One of the most versatile features of Gladiator is the rear seat, which offers a number of different storage solutions. The rear seat is divided into a 60-40 configuration and can be folded up into “stadium” position to reveal a standard open storage bin.

There’s also an optional lockable bin to provide secure storage space when the top or doors are removed. The available lockable storage bin features two different sized doors that correspond to the 60/40 split rear seat cushion, and use the same lock as the glove box and center console.

Removable dividers can provide up to five separate compartments to allow for storage of items ranging from fishing rods to backpacks, yoga mats, food and other gear in the bin. 

“The great thing about it is that the seat is lockable” Benjamin added. “When you are out exploring and you’ve got the doors off and you’ve got the roof off, you can still have your items in there and they are secured and you don’t have to worry.” 

He added that the Gladiator is the latest in a long line of Jeep vehicles “that inspire people to take adventures and try new things.”

For more information about Jeep Gladiator, visit the Jeep website.

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With power and fuel economy, is a diesel right for you?

This has been a big year for fans of diesel engines.

In January, the redesigned 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup was unveiled with a new Cummins 6.7-liter I-6 Turbo Diesel that delivers up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm.

That was followed this summer by Ram rolling out a new, third-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbo V-6 that debuts in the 2020 Ram 1500 and delivers 480 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Is a turbo diesel the right engine for your next vehicle? Here are some things to consider:

  • Diesel engines are suited for doing the heavy work – towing and hauling. That’s because they deliver plenty of torque (pulling power) at lower engine rpm. For example, the 2019 Ram 3500 4×2 Regular Cab can tow up to 35,100 pounds with the Cummins engine.
  • Diesel engines also deliver better fuel economy, 25% or more, than a comparably sized gasoline engine. Why? Diesel fuel contains more usable energy than gasoline.
  • Diesel engines use a high compression ratio in the cylinder (the squeeze of the air/fuel mixture) to generate heat to ignite the mixture. So diesels don’t have spark plugs like a gasoline engine, but they do use glow plugs to provide heat in the cylinder when the engine is cold.
  • Yes, diesel fuel costs a bit more than gasoline at the pump, but the better fuel economy translates into greater range on a tank of fuel and fewer refueling stops. Diesel fuel is widely available at gas stations, not just truck stops.
The 6.7-liter Cummins I-6 turbodiesel in the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty can generate up to 1,000 lb-ft of torque.

Modern diesel engines run quieter and cleaner than ever. Diesels have special catalytic converters that use a urea solution to reduce emissions. This requires occasionally refilling the urea tank. There’s a urea level gauge to alert drivers when it is time to refill the tank (the fill port is located next to the diesel fuel tank) and the solution is available at service stations and auto parts stores.

For people who make a living with their truck as an essential tool, and those who like to tow a boat or trailer or haul power vehicles, a diesel offers a hard-to-beat combination of pulling power and fuel economy.

It might be the combination you’re looking for in your next vehicle.

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