TDR member Robert Schwarzli from the Ontario chapter was planning on attending the CMEP tour and TDR get together in Columbus, Indiana and he arranged for a plant tour for himself and some of the other Ontario chapter members at Chrysler's Warren Road Truck Plant in Warren, Michigan on the way down there. They told him to invite 100 of his friends and that's when the TDR was brought in. Using the TDR's web site, we sent out an email notice to everyone we have registered on the website and within a few hours we had all of the 100 slots filled up!
Just announced at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show is a new high output 6.7L Cummins engine for 2500 and 3500 series pickup trucks equipped with automatic transmissions with class leading torque and tow ratings.
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All-new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty Pickup Named Motor Trend “Truck of the Year"
All-new 2010 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups recognized by editors for setting a new benchmark in heavy-duty truck segment
All-new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty pickup beats the competition in a series of rigorous tests
Auburn Hills, Mich., Dec 10, 2009 - The editors of Motor Trend today named the all-new 2010 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups the magazine’s “2010 Truck of the Year.”
“To have our all-new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty named Truck of the Year by the editors of Motor Trend really defines how great this new Ram Heavy Duty pickup is,” said Fred Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award is like a standing ovation for the Chrysler Group designers, engineers and planners who developed this incredible Ram Heavy Duty Truck.”
Motor Trend Truck of the Year contenders are evaluated using six criteria, which includes design advancement, engineering excellence, intended function, efficiency, safety and value. To be eligible, a vehicle must have been substantially changed from the previous model.
“The 2010 Ram Heavy Duty absolutely nailed the award in terms of our criteria, from the attractive exterior styling, to the plush and quiet cabins, to the tough and capable powertrains, especially the impressive Cummins diesel, which meets 50-state emissions standards without needing expensive after-treatment technology,” said Angus MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief, Motor Trend. “It delivers the capability heavy duty truck users demand, with style and refinement they perhaps did not expect.”
Robert Patton, Andy Mikonis, and myself were recently invited to a media event where we would be able to drive the new 2010 Dodge Ram HD trucks both on public roads and at the Chrysler proving grounds. Robert and Andy's comments will be in an upcoming magazine.
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For TDR Writer, Steve St. Laurent's, initial impressions, over 100 photographs, video of the press intro, the official press releases, and other information you won't find any place else, click on the link below.
One of the nations’ most popular diesel drag races and sled pulls happens May 8th and 9th during the TS Outlaw Drag Race & Sled Pull. This event draws some of the most powerful diesel trucks that will go after cash prizes and trophies in each class. The fun begins May 8th with a huge open house at Beach Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here spectators and diesel owners can see new diesel power products, and get a taste for the drag racing and sled pulls slated for the following day.
On May 9th, the battle begins in ET brackets, 12.0 sec. Index, Pro-Street, Pro-Mod and Pro-Dragster classes. The Sled Pulls take place at the nearby Southern Kentucky Fairgrounds, where competitors use all their horsepower and torque to compete in Sled Pull Classes, a Street Class, Super Street, Pro Street and Modified Classes. In addition, the TS Outlaw Drag Race & Sled Pull features a vendor’s row and a Show-N-Shine competition.
If you think you have what it takes to compete against some of the fastest street or race diesels in the world, or if you just have a love for everything diesel, make sure not to miss this popular event. For more information on this event, contact TS Performance, 5425 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42102. 270-746-9999. Or visit them on the web at http://www.tsperformance.com/events.html.
Detroit - Emerging from a herd of 120
long horn cattle driven by 10 cowboys on horseback down Washington
Boulevard in downtown Detroit today, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram made
its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
the dawn of the 'big rig' look, Dodge Ram has always been a
gamechanger," said Jim Press, Vice Chairman and President, Chrysler
LLC. " And this is our all-new game-changer -- the all-new 2009 Dodge
Ram, which is packed with full-size pickup firsts and best-in-class
1994, Dodge introduced a revolutionary Ram in the light-duty pickup
market, with its “big rig” styling and iconic
put a truck on the market that tripled our market share,”
said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Jeep®/Truck
Design Studio, Chrysler LLC. “Our design was polarizing
— people loved it or hated it. But the people who loved it,
bought it. They still do, because Dodge Ram continues to stand out from
the herd of ‘me-too’ trucks.”
For the redesign of its all-new, next-generation Ram, Dodge pulled out all the stops.
mandate was to make a quantum leap and add even more voltage to
Ram,” said Scott Kunselman, Vice President –
Body-on-Frame Product Team. “Our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram is a
game-changer in terms of capability, convenience, craftsmanship and