2010 Ram HD named Motor Trend "Truck of the Year"
2010 Ram HD Launch Press event coverage
All-new 2010 Ram Heavy Duty Pickup Named Motor Trend “Truck of the Year"
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.”
- 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
“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.”
Click below for more details
Chrysler Splits Dodge Brand Into Truck, Car Groups
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.
For the rest of the story including official pricing information, driving impression, pictures, and videos click on "Full Story" below.
2010 Dodge Ram Press Introduction TDR Coverage
Press Release posted on the Excite website announcing Chrysler's decision to split the Dodge brand into two groups. All right gang. What does this really mean? How much longer before the Ram brand is offered for sale much like the Viper brand was (is) for sale?
Oct 5, 10:51 AM (ET)
By TOM KRISHER
DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler's new Italian management has once again shaken up the automaker's executive team, announcing the departure of two recently appointed brand CEOs and splitting the Dodge brand into two groups, one focusing on trucks and the other on cars.
The moves, announced Monday, marked the second management shake-up since Fiat Group SpA CEO Sergio Marchionne took control of Chrysler on June 10 when it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Peter Fong, president and CEO of the Chrysler brand and the company's top sales executive, and Michael Accavitti, president and CEO of the Dodge brand, abruptly left the company, Fong for personal reasons and Accavitti to pursue other interests, Chrysler said in a statement.
Sales of Chrysler Group LLC vehicles, which consist of the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands, are down 39 percent for the first nine months of the year. Chrysler also was caught unprepared for the government's Cash for Clunkers program and had too few small vehicles on dealer lots to benefit much from the rebates.
Chrysler sales spokesman Gualberto Ranieri would not comment when asked if the departures were related to Chrysler's sales performance.
Chrysler said that it would split the Dodge brand into truck and car groups. The truck group will be led by Fred Diaz Jr., who previously ran the company's Denver business center. The Ram brand consists of the company's new Ram pickup trucks, as well as its commercial vehicles. Diaz also will take over as lead sales executive in the U.S. for the Chrysler Group organization.
Vice President of Design Ralph Gilles will take over leadership of the Dodge car brand, which includes minivans, in addition to his current design responsibilities, the company said.
The two men replace Accavitti, who resigned to pursue other interests, Chrysler said. Accavitti was appointed to head Dodge by Marchionne in June when Chrysler emerged from Chapter 11.
"This reorganization will allow us to protect and develop the unique nature of the product offerings within the Dodge brand," Marchionne said in a statement.
The company also said Fong resigned for personal reasons, and he was replaced by an executive from Fiat, Oliver Francois, as Chrysler brand president and CEO. Francois served as head of the Lancia brand, Chrysler said in a statement.
Michael Manley remains as president and CEO of the Jeep division.
FREE Wilson Manifold's New Thrasher Intake System (Contest Ends: 04/30/09)
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.
Think you can write a good tech piece on a performance product? Get rewarded for your work! In Issue 63 (page 123) you read an introduction of a new intake manifold from the folks at Wilson Manifolds. We'll save you some time and reprint the text from Issue 63 here:
Wilson, a leading name in performance and racing induction systems, has expanded its product line with a new intake system for 5.9-liter HPCR Cummins engines from '03 - '07.
In contrast with the OEM arrangement, this new induction system provides greater equality of air distribution, especially in the cruise zone of 2,000 to 2,100 rpm. As a result, the Thrasher generates gains in both torque and fuel economy, but also improves horsepower output, lowers exhaust temperatures, reduces exhaust emissions, and improves driveability.
The WIlson Thrasher Kit contains a cast alloy elbow, billet baseplate, stainless/Vitron rubber gasket, and all necessary fasteners. Installation takes about two hours.
4700 NE 11th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
(954) 771-6216 phone
(954) 771-3413 fax
* * *
A give-away is a great way to generate some buzz in the marketplace. The folks at Wilson agreed. So we are pleased to offer one of their $490 - '03 - '07 manifolds as the prize.
So how does the Wilson Intake Manifold contest work?
- Send us a photo of you and a Wilson Sporting Goods item? Oops, wrong Wilson.
- Send us a photo of a night out when you had too much intake? Nope, this is a family-friendly website.
- Send us a photo of your manifold? Too boring.
How about about a contest where you become a TDR field correspondent? If you win this contest, you agree to submit your product evaluation of the Wilson Intake Manifold to the Turbo Diesel Register for publication. Although the contest is open to anyone, you will need access to a '03 - '07 5.9-liter truck. Your evaluation should include mileage and horsepower tests from a dyno (if at all possible).
To enter, simply follow this link and post a sentence or two on about why you should be selected as our evaluator. We're not looking for the best writing. We're looking for enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the product.
Now get your pencils (oops, keyboards) out and enter now!
* * Post your entry no later than April 30, 2009.
* * Winner will be announced on May 1, 2009.