The announcement is made at the Chrysler Group LLC Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, the birthplace of Ram Trucks. An entire set of Motor Trend's comprehensive Truck of year testing will be featured on MotorTrend.com plus the February 2014 issue of Motor Trend. Ram Trucks
Trucks and vans all the main manufactures were probed to determine which you might claim the crown. The Motor Trend braintrust tested the the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram Heavy Duty, and Toyota Tundra pickups; as well as the Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV200, and Ram ProMaster vans.
Uvalde Texas was the location of the truck showdown. The competitors were subjected to an extensive evaluation in the Continental Tire Automotive Proving Grounds. Each combatant underwent the next tests: Standard testing (without load): 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip. Limit handling (without load): closed-course cornering, braking, and acceleration. Tow/payload testing: 0-60 acceleration repeated with trailers attached (pickups) or payload secured (vans), loaded to 75 % of each truck's maximum rating (as equipped). Road looping: Highway and real-world replication. Truck sales
At Continental's 5000-acre proving grounds, the team utilized the facility's 8.5-mile high-speed oval, 15-acre dynamics pad, 1.1-mile dry-handling road course, and multi-surfaced ride road to evaluate each truck's capabilities and expose pros and cons. Pursuing the team's intensive, week long evaluation in Uvalde, the trucks were shipped to Motor Trend headquarters in El Segundo, California, to pass through proprietary "Intellichoice Real MPG" fuel-economy testing. Using advanced technology together with a weather station, GPS data-logger, and flow-rate and gas analyzers, Real MPG measures exhaust samples every second during an 88-mile drive to record accurate real-world gas mileage.
Once testing was completed, the judges convened to find out which truck could be crowned Truck of year. The winner just isn't chosen from a direct comparison up against the other contenders, but alternatively as a result of how each contender measured up against the award's six criteria: Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function.
If the voting was completed the Ram 1500 easily claimed the title Motor Trend's 2014 Truck of The Year. A deciding factor for that judges was The Ram 1500 new EcoDiesel V6 using the 8 speed transmission. The performance with the new engine and Torqueflight transmission was impressive creating a towing capacity of 9200 pounds. Furthermore, Motor Trend's Real MPG testing substantiated what the team observed in Texas: The EcoDiesel didn't have equal when it stumbled on fuel milage, the gas engines be they V-6 or V-8, 4x2 or 4x4, did not measure. The testing recorded 15 mpg under extreme testing at Continental's facility, the EcoDiesel continued to impress during the Real MPG test loop, producing unrivaled stats: 19/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4x4 with a 3.92 rear axle plus an a lot more notable 18/28/22 for the Lone Star Crew Cab 4x2 with a 3.55 rear axle.
The Ram's available air suspension system also received outstanding scores in Engineering Excellence, delivering an easy ride and responsive handling no matter the driving surface. The interior ergonomics, overall styling and packaging of the Ram 1500 blew the judges away; notably, the Laramie Longhorn's luxury aesthetics and real wood trim. The variety with the lineup was another resounding advantage. Regardless of whether the Ram was equipped as a basic work truck or perhaps a luxury vehicle the Ram 1500 provides all the capability needed in a truck.
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