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Chrysler Recalls 1.2 Million Trucks for Steering Flaws, Mostly in US
Do you need a buy-it-now reason to purchase a new Turbo Diesel truck? If so, here it is. Courtesy of Automotive News (December 2, 2013). The title, "Buy by January 1." The highlights:|
Tax breaks in the form of accelerated depreciation for vehicles over 6,000 pounds will end December 31, 2013. Quoting from Automotive News, "The tax breaks, part of federal stimulus legislation spurred by the recession, dramatically front load the depreciation schedules for many large assets, particularly for vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds, such as heavy-duty trucks.
"The deduction under Section 179 of the federal tax code applies to businesses that buy or lease $2 million or less worth of equipment in 2013.
"Most vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds that are used for business are eligible for 100 percent of the depreciation. But any vehicle used for commercial purposes can quality for some benefits."
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We hope that this is reason enough for you to purchase a new Turbo Diesel for Christmas!
Ram Truck Brand Celebrates 'Year of the Farmer' with $1 Million Donation to National FFA Organization
(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC said on Friday it is recalling 1.2 million Ram pickup trucks, mainly in the United States, to check for a chassis defect that could cause loss of steering. |
The automaker, a unit of Italy's Fiat SpA, said steering tie rods may have been misaligned during assembly or service and could fracture on an estimated 453,500 of those trucks. The tie-rod assemblies will be replaced at no charge, beginning in January.
Three groups of trucks are being recalled. The largest recall covers an estimated 842,400 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2003-2008, of which an estimated 116,000 may have defective tie rods.
The two smaller groups include 294,000 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups from model years 2008-2012 and Ram 1500 4x4 Mega Cabs from 2008, as well as 43,500 Ram 4500 and 5500 4x4 chassis cabs from 2008 to 2012.
Chrysler said it is aware of six accidents and two injuries on Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from model years 2008-2012, and one additional accident with no injuries on the other models.
Replacement parts for the Ram 4500 and 5500 models may not be available until late 2014, Chrysler said. Dealers in the meantime will inspect those vehicles and realign the steering components if necessary, it said.
Most of the trucks being recalled - an estimated 968,000 - are in the United States. Another 157,000 are in Canada, 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 outside North America.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert; editing by Matthew Lewis)
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October 31, 2013, Louisville, Ky. - The Ram Truck brand celebrated the passion ignited around its “Year of the Farmer” initiative by presenting Clay Sapp, 2012-2013 National FFA President, with a $1 million donation at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 30. |
Ram Truck brand declared 2013 the “Year of the Farmer” during the Super Bowl last February, when its much-talked-about television spot, “Farmer,” kicked off a yearlong initiative to bring national attention to the significance of the American farmer. Ram pledged to donate up to $1 million to FFA for views of the “Farmer” video on the Ram Truck brand website. The brand reached the 10-million-view milestone, equating to the $1 million donation, in less than a week.
“To date, ‘Farmer’ has been viewed online more than 22 million times, underscoring America’s interest in and support for the important role farmers play in our country,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It is a pleasure to present the check to FFA and to be among thousands of dedicated FFA members who convey the spirit of what we at Ram Trucks value most of all – courage, dignity, integrity and example-setting through hard work.”
Bigland presented the donation to Sapp alongside country music artist and former FFA member Easton Corbin, who has worked with the Ram Truck brand throughout 2013 to promote the “Year of the Farmer.” Corbin is visiting FFA members in 12 cities across the United States from October to February, providing private concerts and furthering the notion that FFA plays an important role in reducing hunger issues in America.
“It is so wonderful to see our country rise up and show support for those who work hard every day to provide vital resources to the nation,” said Sapp. “The response we’ve received from Ram’s ‘Year of the Farmer’ has been overwhelming, reinforcing the pride we have in our work and what it means to be a farmer.”
The “Farmer” video was inspired by the stirring “So God Made a Farmer” oration delivered by legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey in 1978, and since used as a national anthem in grassroots videos created by farm families. To honor American farmers, the Ram Truck brand aspired to create greater awareness, support and appreciation for farming families, communities and providers. The Ram Truck brand commissioned 10 noted photographers to document American farm life, yielding a beautiful and comprehensive catalog of farming images. Many of these artful and compelling stills provide the visual mosaic for “Farmer,” while Harvey’s passionate oration provides the narration.
Ram Truck brand also presented a first copy of its “The Farmer in All of Us,” a coffee table book to be published by National Geographic. It is a beautiful and comprehensive collection of original agriculture, farming and family farm photography, including many of the images commissioned for the “Farmer” video. Proceeds from the book will go toward the FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” program, which donates traditional FFA blue corduroy jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own one. The jackets are an important symbol of the hard work and dedication to farming by these young people.
An exclusive, limited number of “The Farmer in All of Us” books will be available for order in the coming weeks.
King of Beasts, Canadian Truck King Challenge Winner, and Truck of Texas - Ram 1500
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Purchase must be made between November 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
In our recent travels, we had the good fortune to meet Automotive journalist, Mark Williams of pickuptrucks.com, and Kent Sunderling of mrtruck.com. More from Williams and Sunderling in a minute.
These two names may sound familiar to you. They were a part of the team that did a 3500 series pickup comparison back in September of 2011 (covered in our Issue 75, pages 66 - 68) and a 2500 comparison in the Fall of 2010 (covered in Issue 71, page 56).
Both of the articles were done for the www.pickuptrucks.com website. The 3500 evaluation was titled, "Diesel Shootout." My observations of these two tests is that they were (are) as Consumer Reports-like as you will find. The authors give you "just the facts," and there is no bias. To add further credibility to their evaluations, the "Hurt Locker" test was done using the SAE pickup truck testing standards (TDR 75, page 64 and Issue 80, pages 48 - 49).
So what is new from writer Williams and tester Sunderling? While we did not fare so well in the two previous www.pickuptrucks.com tests, I have good news for the Ram faithful. Two weeks ago, Mark Williams told me to be on the lookout for their "King of Beasts" shootout. It has now been released to the public.
Here is the link to the article. Take a few minutes to enjoy:
King of Beasts
Enjoy the article and Ram's victory.