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Ram Adds Multifunction Tailgate to 2019 Ram 1500

Ram Truck today unveiled a new multifunction tailgate that adds even greater utility to the truck industry’s cargo-management and storage leader.

The Ram 1500 multifunction tailgate feature is unique among all pickups and offers customers cargo-access flexibility without compromise.

In addition to retaining the capabilities of a fully dampened, drop-down tailgate with remote release options, the Ram multifunction tailgate adds a first-of-its-kind 60-40 split, swing-away functionality.

Ram multifunction tailgate’s dual side-hinged tailgate doors further enhance the 1500’s bed access and utility. Independent opening features make curbside loading easier. Being able to access the bed closer to the bumper makes stepping up easier; makes loading bulky items easier; makes unloading and washout easier and allows forklift loading.

Unlike other multi-element tailgates, the Ram multifunction tailgate is trailer-friendly and does not require that the trailer and hitch be removed before opening. With a 2,000-lb. load rating, Ram multifunction tailgate retains all of the traditional tailgate’s capability.

“The Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Combined with Ram’s class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, we’re taking Ram’s cargo management and storage to the next level.”

Ram’s multifunction tailgate has four configurations: open flat, open left door only, open right door only and open both doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees and access can be further enhanced via a retractable center-mounted step option.

Among the 2019 Ram 1500’s other innovative storage solutions are the RamBox cargo management system. The RamBox system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. RamBox bins also feature a handy 115-volt, 400-watt outlet. Also available with RamBox is a pickup bed divider/two-foot bed extender and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats.

Interior storage was also high on the priority list for the new Ram 1500.

A reimagined center console with 12 different storage configurations offers never-before-seen customization for the most active interior real estate. The Ram 1500’s second row includes seats that recline up to eight degrees, a true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins with tie-down rings and expandable under-seat storage.

In total, the Ram 1500 features more than 151 liters of interior storage capacity — nearly 100 percent more than the closest competitor.

The multifunction tailgate will be available across all seven 2019 Ram 1500 models and will reach dealerships in the second quarter of 2019. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $995. The optional center step is $295.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ram-adds-multifunction-tailgate-to-2019-ram-1500-300790602.html?fbclid=IwAR2l5mcvLDW4I8HMkfnx6KqX3-nSI9c3Ykyp3nT0IXpR9Orpo0jC9mLXcJg

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Ram 1500 Uconnect Screen Hits a Home Run ‘Double’

Just as home base is baseball’s ultimate winning destination, the unique Home button on the 2019 Ram 1500’s Uconnect touchscreen is the opening play to a road map full of helpful digital destinations.

Weather forecasts, directions, favorite tunes, driving comfort – the Uconnect Home button lets you program all your favorite apps for quick and easy access when you need them. What makes the Home button unique is a ‘double play option offering the chance to view two different apps simultaneously on the 12-inch display with new split-screen capability.

Brad Gieske, FCA Experience design manager, takes the Uconnect Home button for a spin to show how easily and quickly you can hit a home run with every trip you take in your all-new Ram 1500.

Next week, Gieske puts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two newly integrated Uconnect systems, through their paces. Don’t miss it!

The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Is Happening And This Is It

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You’ve screamed, hollered, yelled and begged and now here it is: the 2017 Jeep Wangler pickup. Here’s the proof.

Yes, this is a very camo-ed prototype, but it is the real thing. It is no longer an abstract idea or a series of flying rumors. It occupies this earth with us.

We’re quite certain that it will keep the body-on-frame construction. Aluminum may or may not be off the table. Maybe there will be a hybrid?

We will all just have to wait and see. But in the meantime, check out lots more photos in the JL Wrangler Forum, and Happy Jeeptruck Day!

Read more at: http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/the-jeep-wrangler-pickup-is-happening-and-this-is-it-1783971011?rev=1469029163107&utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Nissan’s crowdsourced Project Titan is ready to tackle Alaska

We will never forget those who lost their lives on this day 12 years ago. Thank you to those who have protected us, who do protect us and those who will.

We will always remember this day in our history. We would like to take a moment to remember those that have lost their lives or have been affected by the tragedy that occurred on this day 12 years ago. We would like to thank those who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom.

Alaska still offers Americans the chance to really experience the wilderness, and Nissan is challenging its Titan pickup to its offroad extremes with a little help from its fans. After crowdsourcing a heap of mods, the company is handing it over to two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni to do their worst in the backcountry to see what the truck can do.

Nissan last experimented with the crowdsourcing idea on its Project 370Z in 2012 but might have taken things even further this time. For Project Titan, the automaker let fans vote on 10 different areas to customize on a 2014 Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X. To fit the rugged look, the company covered it up with a custom digital-camouflage wrap with a Wounded Warrior Project emblem and even outfitted its all-terrain camping trailer in a similar scheme. An LED lighting rig was also added to the new bull bar and roof rack to brighten the night. For a just little more grunt, the 5.6-liter V8 was outfitted with a Nismo cold-air intake and Borla cat-back exhaust, and to keep from getting stuck, the pickup got an upgraded suspension with more travel and 18-inch wheels with 35-inch Nitto offroad tires. The interior was also slightly revised with big GPS system and custom embroidered seats.

Now, it’s time to see if the truck’s mods can handle what the Alaskan wilderness can throw at it. The two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni are just starting their expedition and are expecting snow on the way. You can follow their journey on Nissan Trucks’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nissantrucks).

Read more and see video’s at: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/10/nissan-project-titan-wounded-warrior-crowdsourced/

Nissan shows diesel-Frontier truck

Chicago — Nissan Motor Co. on Thursday showed off a concept diesel-powered version of its Frontier mid-size pickup at the Chicago Auto Show and said it will wait for feedback from customers before deciding whether to build it.

“It’s a technical study. We’re going to use social media — Facebook, Twitter, so forth and the blogosphere to find out what people are saying about this truck, ‘Do they like it? Do they want it? Should we build it?” and we’re going to let them decide for us, basically,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan’s U.S. unit.

Last month, Diaz said the company was considering building a hybrid version of the next generation Frontier.

The demonstration Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner gets an estimated fuel economy increase of 35 percent over the current Frontier V6.

In August, Nissan announced it would sell a 5.0-liter turbo diesel V8 in the next-generation Titan full-size pickup, which will arrive in 2015.

“Frontier continues to be a huge success story for us, with more than 60,000 units sold in 2013,” Diaz said. “Nissan has always valued the mid-size pickup segment, and with this technical study project, we are looking to explore what is possible for the next-generation Frontier.”

This week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said its new 2014 Ram 1500 diesel pickup will earn a 28 miles-per-gallon highway rating, the best of any full-size half-ton pickup.

The 2013 Ram with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine earned a 25 mpg highway rating.

The smaller pickup segment has been shrinking, although General Motors Co. announced last month it was re-entering the segment — a market that Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have both exited. GM also said it plans to sell a diesel version of its small Canyon and Colorado in the 2016 model year. The GM midsize trucks will go on sale this fall.

Sales in the segment fell 15 percent last year and are down by 75 percent over the last 15 years. Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. also both sell mid-size trucks.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140206/AUTO0104/302060118#ixzz2t7R55iUr

Behind the Numbers: Chrysler Group U.S. Sales

On the surface, numbers are just numbers.

But, if you dig a little deeper, you can get perspective.

And, that’s what we tried to do for Chrysler Group’s September 2013 U.S. sales, which grew 1% from September 2012 to 143,017. Read the below and then give us your perspective on our September U.S. sales.

With truck/SUV/crossover sales flat at 0% growth, and slightly down in raw numbers from September 2012, car sales grew 3% and accounted for a bit more than 30% of our total vehicle sales. Last September, car sales were 29% of our total vehicle sales.

While Jeep® brand sales were down 5% last month to 37,464 (from 39,245), you could make the case it was still a strong month given that the brand had to overcome the loss of Jeep Liberty sales of about 5,600 from September 2012. For September 2013, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales were up 19% to 14,906. Jeep Patriot sales were up 12% to 6,053. Jeep Compass sales were up 27% to 4,487. Jeep Wrangler sales were slightly down by less than 1%, to 11,984.

For those LX fans, it was a very strong month: Dodge Charger +49% to 8,713 sold, Chrysler 300 +6% to 5,036 sold and Dodge Challenger +22% to 3,932 sold. It was the best September ever for Dodge Challenger

For the plant* rivalry, Windsor, Ont., vehicles totaled 22,002, while Detroit’s JNAP vehicles sales were 19,870, followed closely by Belvidere, Ill., at 18,462.

Heading in to the final quarter of 2013, year-to-date sales are 82% of 2012 totals, and 99% of 2011 total sales.

As read on: http://blog.chryslerllc.com/blog.do?id=2174&p=entry

10 Things to Toot About August Auto Sales

In reading all of the positive auto sales news yesterday, did you know about these nuggets?

  1. While August marked our 41st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, it also marked our 30th consecutive month of 100,000+ sales totals. Just as recently as 2010, we only had three months when sales topped 100,000.
  2. While August truck/SUV sales nipped car sales growth (12% vs 11%), for the year car sales are +18% while truck/SUV sales are +6% in 2013. Five of our six car models (currently in production) have a year-to-date sales increase.
  3. Our Belvidere, Ill., Assembly Plant is home to three of our six vehicles that set August sales records: Dodge Dart, Jeep® Compass and Jeep Patriot.
  4. Dodge Journey (+12% sales growth, up to 8,890 sold) had its. best. month. ever.
  5. Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan were the two top-selling minivans, according to Allpar.com.
  6. Chrysler 300 (+27% sales growth, up to 5,909 sold and pictured above) had its best sales month of 2013, and its best August since 2007.
  7. Ram pickups grew 31%, the fastest rate of any other pickup truck sold last month. Also per TruckTrend.com, it’s gaining market share.
  8. Fiat 500L gave a strong boost to overall FIAT USA sales, accounting for 29% of total brand sales.
  9. Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Journey were among the top 20 best-selling SUVs/crossovers last month, according to GoodCarBadCar.net. No other automaker had more than three.
  10. Through 67% of 2013, our year-to-date sales totals are 74% of 2012 totals and 89% of 2011 total sales.

As read on: http://blog.chryslerllc.com/blog.do?p=entry&id=2159

2014 Ram 1500 | Three Available Powertrains, Same Result: Incredible Capability

You may have heard the news already. Personally, we think it’s worth repeating.

In model year 2014, Ram Trucks will become the first vehicle manufacturer to offer a diesel-powered light-duty (half-ton) pickup truck. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine joins the award-winning Pentastar® V-6 and the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 as one of three available engines for the 2014 Ram 1500, creating in the process an unmatched trifecta of light-duty powertrains ready to hit the road in the next model year.

For small business owners, the benefit of having three available engines to choose from is just exactly that: choice. Because every business is different—with needs completely individualized not just to the type of work (say, lawn care) but to location, size, scope and on and on and on—every business needs to be able to customize its cache of “work tools” as much as possible. With tools like the new 2014 Ram 1500, that kind of customization is entirely possible.

Also in 2014, all three available Ram 1500 engines will be mated to the TorqueFlite® 8 eight-speed transmission, with each transmission-engine combination offering slight variations on the capability that the Ram Trucks brand is known for and that small business owners need.

For instance, the new EcoDiesel engine is a turbocharged 60-degree, dual-overhead camshaft 24-valve V-6 that produces 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The class-exclusive small displacement turbo diesel engine delivers a best-in-class combination of torque and fuel efficiency, music to the ears of any small business owner looking to strike the right balance between brute force and efficiency.

This is not to say that the fuel-efficient Pentastar engine lacks power or that the powerful 5.7-liter HEMI engine is inefficient. It’s just the opposite, in fact. Thanks to advances in technology, the Pentastar engine features 42 percent more horsepower (305 total horsepower) and 13 percent more torque (269 total lb.-ft. of torque) when compared the previous 3.7-liter V-6 engine.

As for the HEMI V-8, it benefits from first-in-segment Fuel Saver Technology, not to mention advance design features like active aerodynamics and class-exclusive air suspension, all of which help ensure that the great power of the truck (395 horsepower, 410 lb.-ft. of torque) does not come at too heavy of a cost to overall fuel efficiency.

 

As read on: http://blog.chryslercommercialvehicles.com/2013/07/10/2014-ram-1500-three-available-powertrains-same-result-incredible-capability/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=THJul1013Facebook2&ism=THJul1013Facebook2