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 |  May 14 2013, 5:42 PM

2013 Ram 1500

Originally revealed in February, RAM has announced that production on the RAM 1500 Diesel will begin September 2013.

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 |  Apr 15 2013, 12:08 PM


Trucks are big profit generators for automakers. The half-ton and heavy-duty pickup segments are probably the most fiercely competitive categories in the industry. Brands fight tooth and nail for every sale they can make. To move the metal they’re willing to leverage any and every competitive advantage no matter how small. Not surprisingly this winner-take-all mentality is delaying common-sense reform that benefits truck buyers.

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 |  Apr 09 2013, 5:02 PM


Chrysler announced recalls on several vehicles today across its range of brands totaling over 214,000 vehicles.

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 |  Apr 09 2013, 2:45 PM

2013 Ram 1500

Chrysler is recalling roughly 9,300 Ram 1500 pickup trucks because the parking brakes might be insufficient. The brand is also recalling 7,000 heavy-duty pickups to replace their engine covers.

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 |  Apr 04 2013, 6:32 PM


The NHL is running a compressed season, but at least one thing is the same as last year: there will be Detroit Red Wings themed Ram trucks again.

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 |  Mar 26 2013, 4:01 PM


Mopar and Chrysler have been working tightly to offer aftermarket components on factory vehicles, and now the two are considering a production truck that would rival the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

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 |  Mar 25 2013, 8:31 AM

Cowboy Up


Once upon a time trucks were built for work. They had manual door locks, crank windows and AM radios, if they had any sound system at all. Leather seats, air conditioning and voice-activated distractions were out of the question. Like a framing hammer, pickups were simple and effective.

For decades they were purpose-made for hard-working men (and women), the kind of folks that make Paul Bunyan look like a dragqueen. But somewhere along the line these roughneck vehicles became cool with the subdivision set. People living in suburbia started to buy them en masse. With sales increasing so did the clarion call for more comfort.

Today it’s easy to push a simple truck’s window sticker well into luxury-car territory… and beyond. Sure, these vehicles can still handle a 14-hour day on the jobsite and are even more capable than their forebears, but more often than not they’re loaded with costly options that appeal to style-conscious shoppers rather than blue-collar workers. Here’s a list of 10 pricey pickups tailor-made for urban cowboys. The MSRPs are listed without incentives, so actual pricing may vary.

 |  Mar 07 2013, 5:00 PM

Ram released pricing for its new work van, the ProMaster, which will start with a base MSRP of $26,030 for a chassis cab model, not including a destination charge of $995.

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 |  Feb 16 2013, 7:29 PM

With more than 61 million YouTube views on the top five Ad Blitz commercials, the Ram Truck brand took home the top ranking with 18 million views on its ‘Farmer” ad.

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 |  Feb 13 2013, 9:44 PM

Chrysler’s Ram truck brand will break new ground in the half-ton pickup truck category tomorrow, announcing it will be first to offer a diesel engine in the hotly contested segment.

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 |  Feb 07 2013, 8:34 AM

Taking the fight to the new Ford Transit and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram just unveiled the new 2014 ProMaster which is based on the European-sold Fiat Ducato. 

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 |  Jan 09 2013, 6:33 AM

In the continued battle for dominance in the heavy duty truck segment, Chrysler’s Ram brand has set a new benchmark that won’t be easy for its rivals to match.

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 |  Jan 03 2013, 7:02 PM

10. Ford Escape - 261,008 Units Sold

2012 was the best-selling year for automakers since 2007, marking the third year in a row that sales have increased. So now is a great time to look back at the best-selling vehicles from last year.

Coming in 10th place with 261,008 units sold is the Ford Escape which was updated for the 2013 model year. Earlier last year, had the opportunity to review the 2013 Ford Escape and we came away surprised by its sleek new look, engine selection, and its great handling. It wasn’t without its cons, but overall the crossover delivered a vastly improved driving experience.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video


 |  Jan 03 2013, 5:32 PM

Thankfully the world didn’t end last month like Mayan soothsayers erroneously predicted centuries ago. Clearly prophecy wasn’t their major at Yucatan Community College. From an automotive perspective, the year-end news was quite good, with the Detroit Three each posting modest gains.

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 |  Dec 12 2012, 4:45 PM

Finalists for this year’s North American Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year award were announced today — a combination that leaves little space for chunky workhorses from the Detroit 3.

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 |  Dec 11 2012, 11:01 AM

It wasn’t so long ago that diesel engines conjured images of black smoke belching trucks with exhaust stacks sticking out the sides.

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 |  Dec 04 2012, 12:32 PM

Things are looking up for automakers in the United States. All told sales topped 1.1 million new cars and trucks in November. That’s nearly a 15 percent increase compared to the same month in 2011. Year-to-date sales eclipsed 13 million units, an improvement of almost 14 percent compared to the same time period last year.

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 |  Nov 28 2012, 5:43 PM

Ram is getting in on the commercial van action, announcing today that the brand is bringing a Fiat Ducato based van to the market. 

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 |  Nov 16 2012, 9:01 AM

Speaking at a media event in Detroit today Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed suspicions that there will be more versions of the company’s award-winning Pentastar V6.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 2:20 PM

Meant to intimidate at high speed, the Urban RAM concept on display at the 2012 SEMA Show features a big naturally aspirated HEMI, and a body kit to match. 

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 |  Oct 29 2012, 5:04 PM

The numbers have been tallied and the data compiled in Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey. Toyota has a lot to be happy about but Ford has taken a tumble.

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 |  Oct 08 2012, 5:51 PM

To promote its 2013 Ram 1500 pickup, Chrysler is launching two new advertisement campaigns, with one targeting the Hispanic market. 

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 2:05 PM

For those that didn’t get a chance to catch the live stream for the 2013 RAM Heavy Duty unveiling, we’ve got all the details on the American automaker’s newest lineup of HD pickups.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 1:31 PM

Chrysler has kicked off the month of inevitable teasers of customized cars heading to SEMA today,  with some Moparized vehicles from Fiat, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, and SRT.

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