AUTOMOBILE Magazine Names Ram 1500 “2014 All-Star”

2014 Ram 1500AUTOMOBILE Magazine has named its 2014 All-Stars, and for the second year in a row, the Ram 1500 has made the prestigious list.

Every year, the magazine chooses 10 vehicle All-Stars, and the list includes a wide range of passenger cars, SUVs, sports cars, trucks, and minivans. AUTOMOBILE Magazine chose the Ram 1500 because it “defies the limitations of a pickup truck, continuing a spirit of innovation that began in the mid-1990s.”

“The list of options and the refine interior rival those of a luxury car,” wrote the AUTOMOBILE Magazine staff. “And a new diesel engine – the only one available on a light-duty pickup – achieves the fuel economy of a mid-size crossover.” The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel has a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 28 mpg.

Michael Jordan, West Coast Editor for AUTOMOBILE Magazine, had more praise for the 2014 Ram 1500, stating, “Chrysler doesn’t get the credit it deserves for what it’s done in the truck segment. First, it reinvented the way trucks look with its big-rig grille. Then it was the first to offer a cabin that held more people and more stuff. Later they did a chassis that would both steer and stop, and now they’ve delivered a great ride with air springs.”

The full list of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s All-Stars is available here.

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Ram Trucks Announces Black Express Package for 2500, 3500

2014 Ram Heavy Duty BlackRam Trucks announced this week that the popular Black Express package, which was formerly only available for the Ram 1500 package, will now be available for the Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 SRW.

Some of the features of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Black package include an all-black exterior, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, fog lamps, black grille surrounded with black horizontal inserts. The dark front and rear bumpers and the head badges complete the look. Obviously it isn’t called the “Black package” for nothing. Beyond the look, the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty Black Package comes with a cargo-view camera, RamBox, manual transmission for diesel, and link coil rear suspension with air suspension option.

Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand, praised the work on the new Black package, saying, “The Black package on the Ram Heavy Duty is proof that our designers are passionate about trucks and will continue to maintain our trendsetting leadership.”

Buyers interested in the Heavy Duty Black package can order it with the Ram 2500 and 3500 SRW, Crew Cab, Mega Cab, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Laramie models. Pricing starts at $42,140 with an additional $1,195 destination charge.

If you’re interested in learning more about the award-winning Ram 1500 or other Ram trucks, contact a sales rep at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Our new and used line-up is available to browse online on our website. Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see our monthly offers and special deals.

Ram Caves Contest Builds Dream Garages for 3 Lucky Winners

Ram Caves

Last year, Ram Trucks announced that it would be sending out designers Timothy Dahl, Brett McKay, and Bob Vila to three lucky Ram owners to give them a proper “Ram Cave.” Every new garage would be built to meet the needs of each winner, whether if it means starting with a bare-bones garage or giving a great garage an extra special touch.

Yesterday, the Ram Trucks channel premiered the videos of all three winners getting their garage makeovers. Timothy Dahl went to meet Lee in Portland and show off the new Ram 1500. Bob Vila headed out to Prior Lake, Minnesota to meet with Rachel, who had won the contest for her father Dan, and show off the Ram 2500. Finally, Brett McKay took off for Maryland with the Ram 3500 to meet with Randy and his family. Randy’s wife had been diagnosed a year ago with breast cancer, and with the new Ram Cave, he will be able to continue his work on Ram Trucks and be closer to his family.

Check out all three Ram Cave episodes below:

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Ram 1500 Named Automobile Magazine 2013 All-Star

2013-All-Stars-Best-Cars-in-AmericaAutomobile Magazine just announced their All-Stars for 2013, and among their top-honored vehicles was the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.

11 vehicles were named 2013 All-Stars and given distinctions like “Hometown Hero” or “Compact for America.” The Ram 1500 and the Audi A7 were designated as the “Houston Rockets.” Jason Harper, who wrote the section of the piece on the Ram 1500, had lots of praise for the truck, calling it “the ultimate in cowboy cool” and “king of the ranch.”

As they put both vehicles through their paces, the Ram 1500 easily beat out the Audi 7 for earning its keep. This is the type of vehicle that can haul more hay, bring back a runaway cow, and take out skeet shooting. Aside from its practicality, though, Harper was also surprised at the attention given to the interior, praising the stitching as “European quality” and noting the lack of “tawdry veneer” in the design.

The full article is available here or in the July issue of Automobile Magazine.

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Ram Sponsors Kentucky Derby for Fourth Consecutive Year

Ram-Truck-Official-Truck-Kentucky-DerbyThis weekend is the Kentucky Derby, and as people are placing their bets and predicting the winner, Ram is getting ready for its fourth consecutive year as the Derby’s official sponsor.

In a post on RamZone, Ram Trucks expressed their gratitude for the honor of sponsoring the Kentucky Derby, stating, “We hope that in time our presence at the Derby will become customary as seersucker suits and the garland of roses.”

For years, Ram’s line-up has catered to a variety of needs from light-duty truck for trailers and ATVs to heavy-duty trucks built for towing horse trailers. They understand the needs of truck drivers and more specifically of horse trainers and owners. Ram’s sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby is the perfect match between product and event, a partnership that will hopefully continue for years to come.

The Kentucky Derby will air live on NBC from 4 PM to 7 PM eastern time.

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2013 Ram 1500 Named Detroit Free Press’ Truck of the Year!

13-ram1500-pv-large-improved-effeciencyI feel like I’ve been making a big deal of late of just how much auto writers are loving the 2013 Ram 1500. That’s when I realize that the only reason why is because it’s in the news cycle so much. So many awards and so many positive reviews, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. This time, however, it’s because the Detroit Free Press has named the new truck as their “Truck of the Year.”

Mark Phelan opens his column with “Chrysler could have gotten away with a mere face-lift for the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup. Instead, it provided a glimpse of the pickup of the future, a truck that combines workhorse capability with fuel efficiency.” He continues on to praise the forward thinking innovation and execution of the new truck.

Phelan notes that the Ram 1500 has a “smooth, comfortable ride” as well as, “structure that’s a pickup’s backbone… a nearly all new frame of high strength steel to save weight inside.” The uConnect system also comes out with high marks, out doing the competition with simplicity and user-friendly controls.

Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand, was overjoyed to receive news of the 2013 Ram 1500 being named Truck of the Year. “We are honored to have an endorsement from the Detroit Free Press and Mark Phelan. This award will be well-received by our dealers and customers, reiterating the fact that Ram has the best truck on the market.”

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2013 Ram 1500: The Truck of Texas

Thanks to the truck drivers down in Texas, Ram is going to need a bigger trophy room. The brand took home top honors over the weekend at the 20th annual Texas Auto Writers Association Texas Truck Rodeo. In total, they brought 8 wins home with them, more than another auto maker combined.

That’s now the second year that Ram has won. The last time was in 2011 with the 2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn wining Truck of Texas. At this years event, the 2013 Ram 1500 is what impressed the voters the most. That’s not all, the new truck may have been the talk of the event, but the Ram brand was also the overall winner. The TAWA writers gave Truck Line of Texas to the Ram brand.

In all, the awards that Ram won were Truck of Teaxs, Truck Line of Texas, Full-size pickup truck, and Luxury pickup truck.

The TAWA President Michael Herzing praised the truck in his comments made about the big win, “Our members overwhelmingly chose the 2013 Ram 1500 as the Truck of Texas and the truck for Texans. The Ram 1500 is amazing. The new technologies in this truck are true game changers and raise the bar for the competition. You’ve got to love how touch, capable, comfortable, and fuel efficient this new truck is.”

Truck lovers know quality when they see it, or drive it in this case. With so many different brands and models to choose from, the 2013 Ram 1500 is the king of the hill. Find out what all these voters discovered by going online to Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge and paying a visit to our Ram Truck section. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for more Ram news and deals on Ram products at the dealership.

Ram Goes Retro With Art

Ram is looking to take a unique approach to their sponsorship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations guide. In order to have something different and something that really stands out, they are going back to a more nostalgic look and feel for their ads.

Mediapost has the story that Ram is going retro for the images they are using. The posters that they are making as part of the campaign are similar to those that were made during the 30’s and 40’s. They are designed to have a style similar to the Art Deco Works Projects Administration National Park Posters that were made during the Great Depression. The goal the ads had back then was to promote the beauty of America’s parks.

There are 4 ads total, 2 being a full page ad while the other two are two-page spreads, and they will be distributed to 3 million Texas outdoors men. In order to capture that right retro look, Ram hired a Dallas-based firm called The Richards Group. The ads feature various different Ram trucks, such as the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and the Ram 2500 Power Wagon, in various settings such as the Rio Grande Valley, Lighthouse Rock, and Balanced Rock. If you like what you see, you can purchase prints or postcards at www.ramtrucks.com/outfitter and also at www.andersondesigngroup.com/horsepowernationalpark.

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Ram Wants to Hear Your Stories of Glory

Ram is a brand that is all about excellence, going above and beyond for our customers every day. We work to make our trucks powerful, safer, and more comfortable, and we love to recognize others who go above and beyond. The RAMActs asked our customers to share their stories of random acts of manliness, and with our new Stories of Glory contest, we want to shine the light on unsung sports heroes. (And reward them with some great prizes too!)

“Stories of Glory” are any inspiring sports stories of yourself, your child, or someone you know. They can be the story of a high school coach who changed your life or your child’s first home run. To have your story considered, go to http://blog.ramtrucks.com/stories-of-glory/ and in 800 characters or less, tell your story. You can also include video or pictures if they are available, but they are not required. One winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Connecticut and will be interviewed on The Dan Patrick Show. Three runner-ups and thirty-one sweepstakes winners will receive swag bags from The Dan Patrick Show and Ram.

Do you have a Story of Glory to share? The deadline is August 21, so make sure you get in your entry soon! Also, check out the full Ram line-up online here, and keep up with the latest Ram news by liking Bayside on Facebook, following Bayside on Twitter, and subscribing to Bayside on YouTube.

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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