Ram Truck Sales May Lead to New Third Shift

Ram sales have been seeing a good increase as the rebounding auto industry rolls on. To deal with this current state of demand, Chrysler is looking to increase production by adding a third shift at another plant.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the decision hasn’t been finalized yet, Chrysler is still actively monitoring their truck sales to figure out if the additional shift is worth it. They want to ensure that the demand is going to stay around to justify the increase. As of yet, no official announcement has been made on a deadline for the decision. If the additional shift happens, the plant that will be getting the boost in production will be the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan. The shift would be adding 1,000 workers to the already 2,500 staff.

Ram sales have been enjoying a new and steady growth of sales as the industry as a whole is clawing its way back from bankruptcy. Just this year, the truck maker sold 117,373 year to date, a 20% increase from last year. The strong sales are expected to continue into the second half of this year with 14.2 million vehicles expected to be sold this year.

The reason why Ram’s sales have been coming back are seemingly due to many factors. First, the economy is finally seeing a steady recovery and people are wanting to go out and get themselves a new vehicle. Another reason is that gas prices, just months ago being alarmingly high, have been falling gradually and often. When gas prices are up, people tend to flock to the more fuel efficient models, which explains why many hybrid sales have increased.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Rams are a go-to product for people looking for the best quality trucks on the road. Visit us online at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and take some time to browse the Ram showroom. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all the Ram Truck news.

Details Begin to Emerge on the 2013 Ram 1500

Ram has been really prepping up the 2013 Ram 1500 to come out the gate strong. Not one to be outdone by the upcoming Dodge Dart, Ram wants to steal some spotlight. Pickuptrucks.com has a more detailed breakdown of just how Ram is making sure that the truck enthusiasts of the world will be looking their way when the new 1500 hits the streets.

The website quotes an interview with Bob Hegbloom, the director of Ram brand, in which he lists off the improvements being implemented into the new design. Many of these new tech upgrades are being made to improve things such as the pickup’s fuel economy in the way of a new Pentastar V-6 engine with an eight speed transmission. There’s also an extensive use of lightweight materials for this goal. It’s still going to be several months before Ram puts out the stats on the fuel economy to see if they can pull it off.

The new 1500 is expected to hit the dealerships this fall. No pricing has been announced as of yet but it hasn’t left truck drivers uninterested in speculating. The move to better efficiency is definitely a step in the right direction. The market is there for a truck, even the heavy duty models, with a lower initial investment and maintenance costs.

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Bayside Cares

Bayside is proud to announce a 500 dollar donation to The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club, sponsoring their Annual Scholarship Dinner. The Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club was just formed in March of 2011, but are striving to improve the community with donations from charitable organizations and fund raising for scholarships.

High School Grad Stands Out with Ram

On graduation day, it is easy to blend into the masses of robed figures and mortarboards, but a high school grad in Virginia found a way to stand out and proclaim his love for Ram trucks.

Robby Lyons has been a fan of Ram trucks for years. His family owns a 2004 Ram 2500 HD, and he drives a 1989 Power Ram W100 Series. When asked about his love of Rams, he says, “I sit in [my] truck and I get chills. The power and durability combined with handling – it just blows me away.” Besides owning a Ram truck, he also ran his own junior dragster up until 2009, and he plans to continue drag racing with his father and uncle, serving as the team’s mechanic.

It is only appropriate then that Robby bolted a Ram head hood ornament to his graduation cap. While most people found the hood ornament amusing, some teachers raised objections to the hat. Robby was eventually given approval to wear his souped-up mortarboard to the ceremony, and since then, he has received local and national news coverage including a feature on the RamZone blog.

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Ram Crowned Champion in Desert Duel!

Cue up the theme to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly for this story. There was a duel in the desert. While a tad old-fashioned, the time for the showdown was even at sunrise, it seemed appropriate considering the contestants. On one end, there was the Mopar Ram Runner and on the other, there was the Ford SVT Raptor. What was this fight all about? It was all about which truck was better.

The place was the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and both trucks were brought there by PickupTrucks.com for the purpose of crowning a champion on that day. They wanted to push both to the limit on a 4.73-mile loop on a desert course. When the dust settled, they were proud to announced that the Ram Runner was the winner!

“I was impressed with the Ram Runner’s extreme off-road capability,” said Chad Ragland, SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck driver. “We jumped, slammed into mounds, cut through deep sand and it came out like a pro, rarely getting into the bumpstops or touching the skid plates.”

The Ram Runner finished a full 33 seconds faster than the Raptor. The President and CEO of Ram, Fred Diaz, chimed in on the victory, “We’re proud that – under the most punishing real-world test conditions possible – the Mopar Ram Runner takes PickupTrucks.com’s top off-road honors over the Ford Raptor. Whether you’re into desert racing, rock crawling, hunting, and fishing or just need a hard-working dependable work truck, there’s truly a Ram truck for everyone.”

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