2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Gets in on the Action

MLAM 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel

The 2019 Ram 1500 is still collecting accolades and this time around it’s the Ram Rebel who gets to stand in the spotlight. Officially crowned the “Texas Off-road Truck of the Year” title from the Texas Motor Press Association (TxMPA), the Ram 1500 Rebel is the perfect pickup for misfits to venture off the beaten path. The contest took place at the inaugural Texas Off-road Invitational held in Huntsville, Texas where a strong selection of pickup trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles were all welcome to participate. Winners were chosen by TxMPA’s media panel over the course of a few days as the vehicles faced challenges and obstacles, including a mud course designed to test and showcase off-road capability.

Mike Herzing, President of TxMPA, said “The half-ton off-road segment is a competitive arena with a number of players and the 2019 Rebel was up to the challenge. Although well-mannered for on-road, the Rebel also offers great capability, encourages spirited off-road driving and is a great-looking pickup that thrilled the Texas Motor Press Association jurors.”

When it comes to off-road equipment the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel can’t be beaten. Buyers can enjoy features such as 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a factory suspension lift, Bilstein shocks, 3:92:1 gear sets and a locking rear axle. Buyers also have the option to upgrade to the available 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen display that features customizable content and split-screen capability. Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, celebrated the win saying “The Ram 1500 Rebel is a tough off-road truck, yet it offers class-leading technology and a great, no-compromise ride. As America’s most awarded pickup, buyers know they’re getting the best truck on the market, and one that’s ready to take roads less traveled.”

This isn’t Ram’s first rodeo in Texas as the brand is the only one in the pickup segment to offer a truck designed and sold with Texans in mind. Ram recently introduced the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star models at the DFW Auto Show. Exclusively sold in the second largest state in the U.S., the Ram HD Lone Star is here to serve the country’s largest pickup market. At the time of its debut Reid Bigland commented: “First and foremost, the Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star edition is a powerful, hard working truck that meets the demands of Texas truck buyers. Trucks are a big part of life in the Lone Star State, and Ram offers the segment’s best combination of performance, strength, luxury, and technology.”

It’s nice to see Ram earn recognition from a state that truly knows trucks, especially when said recognition is on behalf of the TxMPA whose intent is to create insightful, meaningful, and informed content that serves to influence the public’s buying decisions. Explore the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel inventory at Miami Lakes AutoMall and see what all the fuss is about! Schedule your test drive today and follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to stay up to date with the latest Ram news.

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Ram 1500 Classic Doesn’t Miss a Beat

Like we’ve mentioned before, yes, Ram does have a midsize pickup coming, though its exact arrival date is unknown for the time being. In the meantime, Ram is hoping to provide buyers with a similar option with its Ram 1500 Classic pickup. Although the Ram 1500 Classic is a full-size pickup, it is essentially priced in the midsize range thanks to the introduction of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. Ram hasn’t announced when it plans to officially phase out the Ram 1500 Classic, but it’s likely that the upcoming midsize pickup will be its replacement in the distant future. [click to continue…]

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FCA Confirms Midsize Ram Truck in the Near Future

Although Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has declined to comment on recent rumors that have been making the rounds, it appears that there was some truth to one of them. According to Automotive News, Ram is, in fact, considering entering the midsize pickup market. When Jeep introduced its Gladiator midsize pickup, people pretty much assumed that this would be FCA’s only foray into the segment, but according to FCA CEO Mike Manley, nothing could be further from the truth. [click to continue…]

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Ram Releases Kentucky Derby Festivities Schedule

A few weeks ago we announced that the all-new Heavy Duty Ram pickups will be the exclusive automotive partner of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Initially, Ram announced that it would release an accompanying Kentucky Derby Edition of its Heavy Duty trucks to celebrate the occasion. Now we finally have a full list of all the activities that Ram will be participating in on May 4 as part of the celebration to showcase its pickups packed with capability, power, luxury, and technology. [click to continue…]

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Ram Celebrates 10 Years at the Kentucky Derby With a New Truck

2019 marks Ram’s 10th anniversary as the official automotive sponsor of the renowned Kentucky Derby, often referred to as the biggest race in the American thoroughbred horse racing world. Ram usually relies on auto shows across the nation to introduce new trucks in its lineup and the Kentucky Derby edition is no exception. The New York Auto Show served as the backdrop for the debut of their latest pickup. Head of Ram brand, Reid Bigland, was excited to debut the latest darling of the Ram lineup saying “The Kentucky Derby remains one of America’s most recognized sporting events. This hardworking truck is packed with exclusive technology, luxury and good looks that make it fit to wear the Kentucky Derby name.” [click to continue…]

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is the Gift That Keeps on Giving

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is often considered by experts as older than new but newer than used and it’s proving to be quite the workhorse across dealer lots. As the earlier-generation model that’s currently being sold alongside the all-new redesigned 2019 Ram 1500, the Ram 1500 Classic is certainly holding its ground as it made up nearly a third of Ram’s pickup sales in the first quarter. Dealers acknowledge that the redesigned 1500 has more bells and whistles than the Classic, but it retains its appeal among consumers that aren’t ready to take the plunge on heftier truck payments and are looking for a durable truck that’ll be reliable in the long run. [click to continue…]

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Ram Finally Topples Chevrolet Sales

The three traditional American truck makers – Ram, Chevy, and Ford – have been in competition with one another for over a quarter century now. Automotive innovations come and go as the big three attempt to outdo one another and reign supreme. Ram, the truck brand from automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been coming in third place as the third-best seller of full-size pickup trucks in the U.S, behind second-place Chevrolet and industry leader Ford. Until now that is because change has finally come to the pickup segment and Ram is officially in second place. Anchored by its redesigned lineup, Ram can finally celebrate that sales officially surpassed the Chevrolet Silverado during the first quarter of this year (2019), effectively bumping Chevrolet to third place for the first time.

Ram sold 120,026 pickups During the first three months of 2019, a 15.4 percent gain when compared to the same time period a year earlier. Meanwhile, sales of the Silverado dropped 15.9 percent during the same period when compared to the year prior –  totaling 114,037 units. Chevrolet now occupies the third place spot thanks to Ram’s latest innovations, while Ford remains king at the top. Ford sold 216,611 F-Series pickups during the first quarter, managing to sell a few hundred more trucks when compared to the same time last year and cementing its status as king of pickups. Full-size pickup sales experienced a 2 percent decline overall when compared to the first quarter of 2018, with a sales total of 523,967 pickup trucks.

Ram and Chevrolet both have recently introduced newly redesigned half-ton trucks to the pickup market during the first quarter of the year. Additionally, each truck maker is expected to roll out new heavy-duty pickups to dealers this year. Meanwhile, Ford is slated to unveil an all-new F-150 model sometime next year, giving both Chevy and Ram a little time to blossom. While we can’t predict the future and see if Ram will maintain its lead for the entire year, it is no small feat that the brand finally topped Chevrolet after getting closer and closer over the past decade. The latest redesigns have proved successful as Ram seems to be the only truck maker dedicated to going above and beyond with its more than generous features. Ram sales grew a whopping 7 percent last year, while Silverado sales remained stagnant.

During a recent interview, Paul Waatti, the manager of product analysis at the AutoPacific consulting firm, stated “It’s also clear that Ram understands what today’s truck buyers are looking for and is gaining momentum by offering the most compelling packaging, tech, and content. Ram offers a mix of luxury and rugged lifestyle that has resonated with an increasingly growing audience of sophisticated pickup truck buyers that want comfort and capability, without compromising on either.”

Automotive industry analysts attribute Ram’s rising stats not only to their recent redesigns but also due to the Silverado’s dwindling popularity and the fact that GM produced lower inventory during the first quarter. The slow ramp-up of the new Silverado benefitted Ram so far, but the fact that Ram is aggressively pricing its trucks with incentives and discounts coupled with the fact that the company has good products to sell has definitely helped as well.

According to experts, Ram is projected to continue widening the sales gap over the Silverado. Explore the all-new 2019 Ram 100 inventory at Miami Lakes AutoMall as the Motor Trend Truck of the Year that’s revolutionizing what it means to drive a pickup. Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to be the first to know when the all-new Ram Heavy-Duty pickups arrive.

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Ram Shows Off in Texas With the Latest Lone Star Models

It’s no secret that Texas has a long-running love affair with trucks – the state is actually the biggest market in the U.S. for them. Ram recognized this potential gold mine back in 2002 and subsequently introduced the Ram Heavy Duty (HD) Lone Star edition – a truck designed by Texans for Texans. And speaking of Texas, Ram didn’t miss a beat and recently unveiled the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star editions at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Auto Show.

The 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 HD Lone Star editions stand out from the rest of the Ram lineup thanks to their special tailgate badging and some other unique interior touches. Unlike the Ram Laramie Longhorn designs of the past, Ram is no longer interested in pushing the cowboy aesthetic quite as hard – this means potential buyers should not expect tooled leather and tassels to say the least.

Reid Bigland, head of Ram Trucks, was present at the DFW Auto Show to help reveal the new editions and he had this to say: “First and foremost, the Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star edition is a powerful, hard-working truck that meets the demands of Texas truck buyers. Trucks are a big part of life in the Lone Star State, and Ram offers the segment’s best combination of performance, strength, luxury and technology.”

While the Lone Star edition is mainly an appearance package, it also offers a Class V hitch, electronic trailer brake control, and power tow mirrors – all as standard equipment. Besides that, buyers have access to all the redesigned and improved features that we witnessed during the Ram HD debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, including a powerful Cummins diesel engine that produces 1,000 lb-ft of torque. No mention of pricing has been made as of yet, but experts expect that Ram will make the information available closer to launch.

Engine choices on the Ram HD Lone Star include the above-mentioned 6.7-liter inline-six Cummins diesel engine that’s mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic, as well as a lower-output variant of the same engine with 370 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque. Standard on all Ram HD Lone Star models is a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that’s capable of 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque – all while mated to an eight-speed automatic.

As for the interior of the Lone Star, buyers can choose between two different interior packages and up to four color combinations. Cloth upholstery is standard while a power driver’s seat, an upgraded dash, and a larger touchscreen display are all optional. Buyers also have the option to add other appearance and options packages as well.

Although none of these Ram HD pickups are on the market yet, feel free to explore the all-new Ram 1500 which served as the inspiration for the revamped HD models. Browse the 2019 Ram 1500 inventory at Miami Lakes AutoMall and see what all the fuss is about. Schedule your test drive today and experience what the future of pickups looks like.

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What Journalists are Saying About the Revamped Ram HD Trucks

 

Heavy-duty pickups are recognized for being workhorses and they usually get tasks done while offering little in the way of comfort and luxury. In fact, there haven’t been any major changes to the expectations of heavy-duty pickups on job sites over the years, but Ram is thinking ahead. The truckmaker is attuned to the ever-changing needs of consumers and has decided to forge capability, luxury and comfort to bring the pickup truck (both light-duty and heavy-duty) to the 21st century. [click to continue…]

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Ram Relies on Innovation to Win the Pickup Truck Wars

Innovation is a cornerstone of Ram Trucks.  Whether it’s a 12-inch multimedia display, bedside storage bins, or interiors that rival luxury cars, Ram continues to prove itself in the pickup market year after year. As the pickup-focused division that spun off from Dodge in 2009, Ram has been granted more freedom “to carve out our own space, define what we want to be good at and continue to grow,” said Jim Morrison, head of Ram in North America. So how does Ram plan to stay competitive in the cutthroat business that is the pickup truck segment? By listening to its customers and continuously innovating. [click to continue…]

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Counting Down to the Ram 2500 and 3500 Pickups

 

The 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups are finally coming to town – and to farms, rodeos, work sites, and RV parks, too! Work trucks from Ram deliver not only when it comes to functionality, but luxury as well. As the most capable and luxurious pickups in the heavy-duty segment, Ram is expected to dominate the truck market, but the brand knows that to retain that top spot it’ll have to continuously outshine crosstown truck manufacturer rivals like Ford and Chevy. [click to continue…]

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Ram Yearns for More

Ram Trucks is poised to have a big year, opting to build on the success they experienced in 2018 when its new 1500 pickup swept a vast majority of the year’s awards and inched closer to being second-place in the prestigious pickup market – a position the brand has yet to occupy. 2019 brings on the all-new Ram Heavy Duty trucks (2500 and 3500) – two trucks seemingly dedicated to pushing the boundaries and expectations of what it means to be heavy-duty. [click to continue…]

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock Special Edition

Blacked-out trucks often look menacing and tend to come at a price, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently introduced the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock as a no-compromise off-road desert racer that won’t break the bank. The special edition pickup taps into that nostalgia magic that seems to be going around – it’s built to attract the same kind of buyers that Chrysler initially wooed back in 1976 with the Dodge D10 Warlock. As with the past versions, the 2019 Warlock offers an intense appearance and a touch of additional off-road capabilities.

Head of Ram Brand, Reid Bigland, is proud of the Warlock Edition, saying “The Ram 1500 Classic Warlock is proof positive that value never goes out of style. With its sinister monochromatic exterior, award-winning interior and great price, this mean machine is certain to resonate positively with consumers.”

As mentioned above, the 2019 Warlock special edition is available only with the previous generation 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, not with the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. Since the demand for Ram pickups outpaced supply, Ram decided to continue selling the older version of the 1500 as well until all manufacturing facilities switch over to producing the redesigned truck only. Those looking to buy the Warlock Edition will have to stick with the last generation Ram 1500 pickup.

Details on the new Ram Warlock include powder-coated bumpers on the front and rear, Warlock decals, a 1-inch ride lift, and RAM badge lettering on the front grille. There’s also an optional Sport hood available as well. 20-inch semi-gloss black aluminum wheels, heavy-duty rear shocks, dark-bezeled projector headlamps, tow hooks, and LED rear tail lamps complete the Warlock’s sinister look. Those looking to drive off the beaten path will be happy with the shocks and extra inch of clearance, but they’ll also have plenty of FCA options to choose from if they’re looking for something a bit more potent.

Standard on the Warlock 1500 Classic is the brand’s Luxury Group Package which includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an overhead console, 7-inch cluster display, LED bed lighting, and foldaway power mirrors. Diesel Grey cloth upholstery and ParkSense rear park assist are also standard features. Powertrain choices vary from FCA’s classic 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that generates 360 horsepower, while a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 capable of generating 395 horsepower is an available upgrade. Buyers can choose between two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive with quad or crew cab four-door bodies.

Traditionally special edition vehicles are offered in very few coat colors, but FCA is offering a wide array that includes Blue Streak, Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Diamond Black, Delmonico Red, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel, Pearl White, and True Blue. Although some of the color choices don’t score very high on the “sinister Warlock” meter, the fact that this is a style edition makes up for that. According to FCA, the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock will have a starting MSRP of $37,040 (plus destination fee) and will be available during the late first quarter.

Explore the 2019 Ram Classic here at Miami Lakes AutoMall, or if you’re looking for a truck that’s more modernized, look no further than the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. Follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to stay up to date with all of the Ram brand’s latest news.

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Ram Introduces Next-Generation Chassis Cab Trucks

 

 

Miami Lakes AutoMall Ram Chassis Cabs

Ram continues its winning streak while innovating across their lineup time and time again. This time it’s the newly-introduced 2019 Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cabs that are slated to revolutionize the work truck with “never-before-offered comfort and technology.” Designed for “unforgiving” duty cycles and efficiency, the cab-and-chassis trucks offer segment-leading towing capacity up to 35,220 pounds – and the highest Gross Combined Weight Rating of 43,000 pounds and a payload up to 12,510 pounds. [click to continue…]

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There’s a new North American Truck of the Year

Miami Lakes AutoMall Ram 1500 North American Truck of the Year

Ford and Chevrolet will have to make room – there’s a new champ in town as the 2019 Ram 1500 has been crowned king at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is the latest recipient of top honors at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show as the North American Truck of the Year. Reimagined in 2018 and debuting at last year’s show, the all-new 1500 made its way to dealer lots the past Summer. Consumers have the ability to choose from a vast range of models and trims complete with luxurious interiors, and improved payload and towing capacity when compared to its predecessor. A panel of media jurors from the U.S. and Canada is responsible for determining the winner.

A large part of the Ram 1500’s success can be attributed to its eTorque mild-hybrid system. Standard on all V6 engines, and optional on the V8 HEMI powertrain option, the eTorque system runs from a 48-volt battery that replaces the alternator and is responsible for reducing the burden of running additional electronics from the engine. In fact, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) engineers claim that the all-new Ram 1500 saves 1.7 ounces of fuel at an average 90-second stoplight when options with the V8 engine and eTorque system. Payload and towing capacity remain unchanged regardless of the addition of the system since it weighs about 100 pounds total and the compact batteries reside in the dead space behind the rear seat bench. In the long run, those 1.7 ounces saved add up, making the all-new Ram 1500 one of the most fuel-efficient pickups in the light-duty segment.

The Ram brand sold a total of 537,000 units in 2018, a substantial increase of 7.2 percent when compared with the prior year. Much of its success is largely attributed to its impressive redesign. Thanks to the substantial units gained, FCA and Ram both conquered a considerable share of the pickup segment and now pose as a credible threat to crosstown rivals Chevrolet and Ford. Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand, is happy to reap the benefits of the Ram’s latest success, stating “It’s great that consumers can see what we see in the Ram 1500.”

Truck buyers who need a pickup for work but would also want a nice interior and advanced tech features are the perfect suitors for Ram. Weekend warriors and commuters alike are poised to benefit from the 1500. As for the brand’s strategy, it’s clear their interest lies in recreating some of the magic of the 1500 and spreading it onto the other pickups in the lineup as evidenced by the latest debut of heavy-duty trucks at the Detroit Auto Show. While the latest heavy-duty trucks from Ram offer serious towing capability and payload capacity, their interiors are outfitted with features intending to make the ride as pleasant as possible.

Check out the extensive inventory of the all-new Ram 1500 here at Miami Lakes AutoMall and experience it for yourself. Schedule a test drive today and follow Miami Lakes Ram on social media to stay up to date with the latest Ram innovations.

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All-new Ram Heavy-Duty Pickups Revealed

The all-new heavy-duty Ram 2500 and 3500 were recently unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and it’s got everyone’s tongues wagging thanks to its promises of industry-leading towing and hauling capabilities. Aiming to win the hearts of truck buyers by emulating the success of the Ram 1500 (whose 2018 redesign earned it plenty Truck of the Year awards), both of these heavy-duty pickups will offer highly-coveted advanced safety features, bigger and beefier design, a world-class cabin, luxurious trims and so much more. With Ram riding the coattails of their own success it’s easy to predict that Detroit truck battles are going to intensify. Here’s what we know so far. [click to continue…]

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Ram Teases With All-new Heavy-duty Trucks

Motor Trend was onto something when they chose the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 as the Truck of the Year after witnessing how the brand and vehicle managed to carve a significant portion of the pickup segment for themselves when pitted against bitter rivals Chevrolet and Ford. Riding the coattails of that success, it appears that the Ram brand is well on its way to recreating this magic with the programmed introduction of their heavy-duty pickup trucks at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Said to be inspired by the transformation of the 1500, the heavy-duty variants (2500 and 3500) will help Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)  kick off the 2019 heavy-duty pickup race with them in the lead. Plenty of prototypes have been seen testing on the outskirts and streets of Detroit by spy photographers for months now, but what can we learn from the latest teaser supplied by the Ram brand itself? Let’s find out. [click to continue…]

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How the Ram Brand Hit the Ground Running in 2018

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2018 is one for the record books over at Ram Trucks thanks to its consistent (nearly non-stop if we’re honest) output of trucks, special edition trims and packages, and even a new engine. As the year comes to a close, Ram is earning top honors and awards from reputable sources that are sure to catapult the brand into a top-seller and help it further expand its vision for the future. Without further ado, here is Ram’s year in review. [click to continue…]

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Santa Wants A New Ram Pickup This Christmas

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As Christmas approaches and the holiday season continues, many have gifts they hope to open. Santa Claus is one of those hoping for a brand new gift to use when he’s not in his sleigh. Of all the many vehicles on the market, the vehicle he’s hoping for most is the award-winning all-new 2019 Ram 1500. This light duty pickup truck took home Motor Trend’s 2019 Truck of the Year award,TRUCK TREND’s 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year and Pickup of the Year by Auto123.com. [click to continue…]

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All we Know About the 2020 Ram HD Pickups

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The pickup segment is embroiled in a ruthless race to launch the latest heavy-duty (HD) truck, and by the looks of it, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is in the lead. Ford has been busy testing the next generation of its HD trucks, while General Motors recently made their HD truck styling cues a matter of public record before a 2019 debut, but it’s FCA that’s been quietly working in the background to launch an extra-capable truck. The Ram HD is closely related to the light-duty pickup that debuted earlier this year – the all-new Ram 1500. Here’s what we know about the 2020 Ram HD pickup truck so far. [click to continue…]

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The 2019 Ram 1500 is This Year’s Winning Truck

Miami Lakes AutoMall 2019 Ram 1500 Truck of the Year

On any given week we can see a pickup truck hauling a heavy load, commuting like a sedan, towing recreational equipment such as bicycles and jet skis, chewing up muddy ranchland, or even exploring off-road trails. As the automotive landscape changes, we ask more and more of our pickup trucks than we do of any other vehicle – and we buy plenty of them (2.8 million units sold in 2017). Motor Trend, an American automobile magazine, traditionally recognizes a Truck of the Year and this year the honor goes to none other than the 2019 Ram 1500. According to Motor Trend, there isn’t a truck out there that so precisely caters to the diverse and ever-growing needs of the truck segment better than the 2019 Ram 1500. [click to continue…]

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Coming Soon: 2020 Ram Power Wagon

Miami Lakes Ram 2020 Power Wagon Spied

As the 2019 Detroit Auto Show nears, it’s not unreasonable to think that automakers are putting the final touches to their latest designs. A new batch of spy photographers recently captured what’s presumed to be the 2020 Ram Power Wagon and lucky for us, it was testing on the open road without any camouflage. Let’s see what industry experts say to expect from the Power Wagon judging by these spy photos. [click to continue…]

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Ram Releases North Edition for 1500

Miami Lakes Automall Ram North Edition

Ram Trucks is an automaker that always seems to be presenting something new. Although many consumers out there are fans of the power and capabilities Ram trucks offer, new vehicle concepts have yet to show up. No, what’s been pretty popular for the auto brand in recent years has placed a large focus on appearance packages and option groups that may change the way a consumer shops for a truck. The latest package with a few add-ons is the 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition, and will be made available in Ram dealerships in all 50 states.

Is It Just Skin Deep?

Sometimes, a package for a Ram truck is purely for appearances. Take the 2018 Mojave Sand Package for instance. Initially made available for the Ram 1500 and then the 2500 due to its popularity, the Mojave Sand doesn’t change much. The true performance comes from the trim the appearance package is slapped onto – the Ram 2500 Power Wagon.

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2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman vs. Ram 1500 Limited

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Ram trucks have been synonymous with power, reliability, and capability for decades, and the all-new Ram 1500 is no exception. While choosing a truck may seem like a fairly simple decision, deciding on the perfect trim level is where things can get a little tricky. To help narrow down your choices, we’ve compared two trims of the 2019 Ram 1500 – the Limited high-end trim with the Tradesman base trim. Between both models, there’s about an $18,600 difference in price so let’s explore what that contrast offers consumers. [click to continue…]

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2019 Ram 1500 Stands Out in IIHS Crash Test Scores

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has finally performed crash tests on the completely redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it’s looking pretty good for Ram. Compared to the previous 2018 model year, the new generation truck makes a significant leap in crash performance with the Crew Cab model scoring a “Good” rating in all six crash categories.  

The 2018 Ram 1500 model received “Good” ratings in the moderate front overlap test, side test, and the head restraint and seat test, yet received “Marginal” scores in the roof strength test. The previous year model also did not have driver-assistance/crash prevention systems like adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist. The old model also ranked “Marginal” in the driver-side small overlap test, which replicates what can happen when the front left corner of a car hits a tree or pole at 40 mph. Furthermore, the previous model was not rated in the passenger-side small overlap test. [click to continue…]

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Mopar “Dresses Up” Two Ram Concept Pickups at the 2018 SEMA Event

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People aren’t the only ones dressing up for Halloween this year. At the 2018 SEMA auto event, Mopar has “dressed up” two Ram 1500 concept trucks, making one a little taller and one a little shorter. Set to take place from October 30th through November 2nd, Mopar is using SEMA to show off some of their production and prototype parts and accessories to determine which ones should transition from concept to reality.

According to Mopar, the two Ram 1500 truck models that will be modified for the event are the Rebel Concept Ram 1500 and the Big Horn “Low Down” Ram 1500 concept truck. These modified pickup trucks actually only make up a fraction of the 14 customized vehicles that Mopar will show off, but they surely share the spotlight. Both on and off-road models preserve the brands rugged and sturdy spirit while getting a serious facelift with Mopar’s parts and accessories.

“The SEMA Show is truly the greatest stage for our brand to demonstrate what owners and enthusiasts can create with a little imagination and a selection of Mopar parts and accessories,” said Steve Beahm, head of parts & service at Mopar and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “There is a method to our SEMA madness — we use this show as a venue to gauge enthusiast interest in prototype parts that may become production offerings in the future.”

Beginning with the Ram 1500 Rebel Concept model, that was lifted two-inches by a Mopar lift kit “for enhanced off-road clearance,” was painted in a shade of blue and called the “Rebel Smoke.” Consumers can also take advantage of the black-cast aluminum running boards to alleviate any difficulty when entering the vehicle for the driver and passenger. The Rebel Concept rides on 18-inch x 8-inch cast-aluminum Beadlock wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear DuraTrac tires painted with body-color accents. Furthermore, the custom “Rebel Smoke”-trimmed wheels add traction and tread that is required to tackle those off-road trails.

Aside from giving the Rebel concept a fresh and impressive look, comprised of a new paint job and RAM graphics, Mopar enhanced the nose of the truck with a Mopar conceptual performance hood with “Ram Airflow.” The Ram Airflow system mimics a supercharger, delivering cold air to the engine that, as a result, optimizes horsepower and torque at certain speeds. Meanwhile, the bed of the truck is fitted with five five-inch LED lights that each produces 4,800 lumens and still reserves enough space for a conceptual rear spare tire carrier. The bed also includes a rear bed step and spray-in bed liner to ramp up the functionality of the model.      

As for the Big Horn “Low Down” Ram 1500 concept truck, Mopar dropped it by two-inches to give it the ultimate street style instead of trail performance. The exterior is painted in a two-tone color scheme, with the lower two-thirds of the model colored in a silvery “Brassphault” shade, and the top painted with a glossy black finish. The horsepower-increasing conceptual hood by Mopar matches the glossy black finish for a perfect blend of color and functionality.

The body was lowered with a “prototype lowering kit, providing a more aggressive stance and appearance.” The Big Horn rides on 22-inch wheels that include the exterior color scheme and are paired to prototypal wheel flares. The bed stays true to the intended street style, and rather than being equipped with LED lights, is equipped with a shiny black Mopar hard tonneau cover and also finished in gloss black paint. All badging has also finished in gloss black, giving the exterior many blacked-out design cues. In addition to the exterior style, the Low Down concept model includes brushed and polished door sill guards accented with the R-A-M logo, along with Mopar all-weather floor mats. Oh, and it’s not all just aesthetics – the “Low Down” also comes with the Ram Airflow system to charge up the 5.7-liter HEMI engine under the hood.

Isn’t it amazing what a few accessories can do? Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall, located in Miami Lakes, FL, and check out our entire new car inventory selection. Stay tuned for more SEMA news by following us on social media    

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The Ram 1500 Named As One of the Finalists for the 2019 Green Truck of the Year

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Pickup trucks continue to make the headlines, and we’re eating up every second of it. Taking place at the annual San Antonio Auto and Truck Show, Green Car Journal announced their finalists for its high-profile Green Car Awards. The list of finalists for the 2019 Green Truck of the Year includes the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and the Ram 1500. In addition to the Green Truck of the Year award, the Ford Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ram ProMaster City, and the Ram 1500 also made the cut as a finalist for the 2019 Commercial Green Car of the Year.

For the 2019 model year, the Chevy Colorado mid-size pickup features an efficient turbo diesel engine that achieves 30 highway mpg, while its sister model, the all-new Silverado, shed a few hundred pounds over the past year and also now offers a new efficient turbo diesel option. In addition to the Ford F-150 adding a new diesel powerplant into the equation, automaker’s are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the all-new mid-size Ford Ranger pickup truck – after taking a seven-year-long sabbatical. Known as the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in its segment, the Ram 1500 features an all-new efficiency-enhancing eTorque mild-hybrid system in its 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine options.

“There’s no doubt this is a hot year for pickups and light commercial vehicles,” said Ron Cogan, editor, and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “With the availability of new-generation pickups and more efficient engine choices, this field of 2019 finalists definitely speaks to pickup and light commercial vehicle buyers who require ‘greener’ vehicles that also deliver high levels of style and functionality.”

In regards to functionality and efficiency during daily commercial operations, the Mercedes-Benz Metris, Ram ProMaster City, and the new-generation Ford Transit Connect were designed with tradesman and delivery service fleets in mind. After initially making its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford released an all-new Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan. This new model is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and law enforcement personnel who don’t necessarily require a pursuit-rated vehicle. When powered by the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the new police plug-in hybrid sedan has an all-electric driving range of 21 miles that can be achieved at speeds up to 85 mph. Once the battery juice is almost depleted, the gasoline-electric hybrid generates an additional range of more than 500 miles.

“The trend toward higher efficiency and greater environmental performance is reflected by the growing number of ‘greener’ new models shown every year at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show,” said Pam Crail, president of San Antonio Auto Dealers Association. “It’s especially important to recognize these achievements through the Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ awards at our show, given South Texas’ reputation as the heart and soul of the truck country.”

Considered to play a significant role of Green Car Journal’s mission, the Green Car Awards showcase the environmental progress and its importance in the automotive industry. Get behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 at Miami Lakes AutoMall today and see for yourself why it’s considered the most fuel-efficient pickup truck to date. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection or follow us on social media. We look forward to hearing from ya’ll.  

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The All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Is The Brand’s Rebel With A Cause

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Gone are the days when trucks were created for one of two things – off-roading or being put to work, both of which meant a lack of interior comforts. Yet, time’s are a-changin’, and Ram is transforming their workhorses into luxurious pickup trucks, and the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Special Edition is no exception. Head of the Ram Brand, Jim Morrison, stated: “customers have been asking for additional high-end features on the Rebel, and now we’re delivering with benchmark technology and materials wrapped in off-road capability.”

Beginning with the power underneath the hood, for the 2019 model year, the Ram Rebel 12 Special Edition is offered on the Ram 1500 model with any cab, color, or powertrain configuration. The Ram Rebel 12 is powered by the standard mild-hybrid 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Consumers also have the option to upgrade to a 5.7-liter V8 engine or a mild-hybrid version that both produce 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. All engine options are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus a standard four-wheel drive system and an electronic-locking rear differential. Furthermore, the Rebel 12 rides on standard 33-inch Wrangler DuraTrac tires, comes with skid plates that protect the major mechanical components from scraping against the terrain and has Bilstein shocks for improved riding comfort.

When it comes to the infotainment system, Ram spared no expense. The most significant upgrade goes to the 12-inch infotainment system with navigation in comparison to the 8.4-inch display that’s standard on the Rebel trim. “Expanding the availability of the segment-leading Uconnect 4C 12-inch touchscreen is a direct response to market demand,” says Jim Morrison. The fourth generation of Uconnect included in the infotainment system features enhanced processing power, multi-touch gestures, vivid imagery, sharper graphics, and smartphone integrations via Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Plus, SiriusXM with 360L on-demand content and state-of-the-art listening experience.

Considered by Ram “the finest audio system ever available in a pickup,” the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Special Edition also features a 19-speaker Harman Kardon system with a 900-watt surround-sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer, and active noise cancellation. Similar to the rest of the 2019 Ram pickup truck lineup, the Ram 1500 Rebel 12 delivers an all-new interior cabin with leather-trimmed seating with heated front seats, black and red interior color theme, and notable metal speaker grilles accented with the Rebel’s signature Radar Red metallic-coated finish.  

In addition to the amazing features included on the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12, it seems that Ram has also decided to dust itself off and get back into the midsize pickup truck game, especially since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) discontinued the Dodge Dakota in 2011. According to Automotive News, FCA, Ram Trucks parent company, is doubling down on the midsize market with this as-yet-unnamed body-on-frame truck and the forthcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup. Back in June, Mike Manley, newly-appointed CEO of FCA, promised consumers the truck in a presentation but was very discreet about the details – only mentioning that we should expect to see this new baby Ram sometime in 2020.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 has a starting MSRP of $48,685 (plus destination fee), compared to the standard Rebel that is priced at $44,695. Consumers should expect to see the Rebel 12 in dealerships during the fourth quarter of 2018. Stop by the Miami Lakes AutoMall, located in Miami Lakes, FL, to test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 today! For more information on our entire new car inventory selection, visit our website or follow Miami Lakes Social Media today!     

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Mike Manley Announces New Executive Leadership Team For Jeep and Ram

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Mike Manley, the successor to the late Sergio Marchionne, released his new executive leadership team in a letter to his employees on October 1st, 2018. Consisting of a diverse mix of American and European executives, Manley is transitioning company veterans into new roles at leading brands – effective immediately.

For starters, Manley stated that Tim Kuniskis, who will continue his role as global head of Alfa Romeo, will also now be in charge of Jeep in North America. Kuniskis, after overseeing the production launch of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon last year, was promoted to the head of Alfa Romeo. Maintaining his role as the lead for Ram, Reid Bigland will also keep his roles for Canadian operations and U.S. sales. Furthermore, Pietro Gorlier was named as the lead for European operations. According to Autotrader Executive Analyst, Michelle Krebs, “The appointment of Kuniskis to Jeep and Bigland to Ram are logical, solid choices. Both brands, particularly Jeep, are critical to FCA’s future success,” she said.

“Having been deeply involved in the development of the plan, I can tell you that it was created with the sure knowledge that we have the depth and breadth of talent and skills we need to meet our objective of becoming one of the world’s most profitable automakers,” Manley said in the letter to his employees. “One key element in the plan is to ensure that our leadership team is best aligned to our objectives going forward.”  

Here is the full list of appointments:

  • Scott Garberding: Successor to Stefan Ketter, Garberding was named the global chief manufacturing officer. With almost 30 years of industrial experience at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) underneath his belt, Stefan Garberding has also led North American manufacturing and recently led global quality as well.
  • Tim Kuniskis: While maintaining his role as global head of Alfa Romeo, Kuniskis will now be head of Jeep brand North America as well.
  • Reid Bigland: After previously leading Ram in 2013-2014, Bigland will once again lead the Ram Brand while also keeping his roles in leading Canadian operations and U.S. sales.
  • Steve Beahm: While maintaining his role as head of the Chrysler, Dodge, and Fiat Brands in North America, Steve Beahm will now be head of Mopar in North America.
  • Pietro Gorlier: Former chief operating officer of FCA business components, Gorlier was named the COO of the company’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region while maintaining his role as head of Mopar globally.
  • Ermanno Ferrari: After recently serving as head of Magneti Marelli’s lighting division, Ferrari will now be the CEO and also join the Group Executive Council (GEC).
  • Harald Wester: Will maintain his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Maserati and also his role as chief technology officer.
  • Richard Schwarzwald: After previously leading FCA’s quality organization in Latin America, Schwarzwald is now Scott Garberding’s successor as global head of quality.
  • Mark Champine: Head of quality in North America.
  • Geraldo Barra: Head of quality in Latin America.  

Manley, who has previously led Jeep and Ram globally before succeeding the late Sergio Marchionne, referred to the new management team as an “evolution” and is confident that this will be the best help to execute the newest five-year plan.

“The next five years will continue to be extremely challenging for our industry, with tougher regulations, intense competition and probably slower industry growth around the world. Nevertheless, with a laser focus on execution and a continued flexibility that allows us to adjust as circumstances change — something that has become one of our most unique characteristics and strengths — we have a clear line of sight to achieving our five-year ambitions.” – Mike Manley

The future is looking bright for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall and test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, for more information on our entire new car inventory selection, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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The 2018 Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition Is Ready For The State Fair!

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Just in time for the State Fair of Texas, Ram is making headlines once again by debuting the all-new 2018 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition. Available in the 2500 or 3500 models, the Ram Rodeo Edition builds on the Longhorn’s unique Southwestern theme by featuring a suede headliner that is paired with one-of-a-kind interior colors like Black and Cattle Tan.  

Earning the title of “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas” from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) for the second year in a row, the 2018 Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition is the world’s benchmark for upscale pickup trucks. Not only does the Ram Rodeo Edition exhume some serious curb appeal, but there’s also no mistaking just what kind of beast the consumer is driving – especially with the notable “LONGHORN” badging that is stretched across the width of the tailgate. Exterior upgrades include body-colored bumpers and side-steps, along with the available six exterior colors that include Walnut Brown, Brilliant Black Crystal, Bright White, Pearl White, Delmonico Red, and Granite Crystal Metallic.

“The 2018 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition is the ultimate combination of capability, refinement and towing content,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Truck Brand, FCA – North America. “Truck buyers at this level expect to see and feel the highest quality materials. The Ram Rodeo brings together the advanced technology and towing content in America’s longest-lasting truck.”

In addition to the diverse selection of exterior colors, the Ram Rodeo 2500/3500 single-rear-wheel models are stocked with 20-inch aluminum wheels with optional painted pockets, while the Ram 3500 dual-rear-wheel models feature 17-inch polished aluminum wheels. In true Ram fashion, the standard trailering equipment checks all the boxes in the work department. The Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition comes with a fifth-wheel gooseneck trailer prep package and bed-view camera, providing owners a factory solution to view the hitch point for heavy duty trailers during hitching operations. The Longhorn Rodeo Edition also features exclusive rear air suspension technology for expert load leveling for hauling loads or towing trailers.

For the 2018 model year, the Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition offers two engine options – a 6.4-liter V8 engine and the 6.7-liter Cummins I6 diesel engine. Available with a crew cab or mega cab, in addition to all of the top-of-the-line features that the Ram Rodeo Edition has to offer, it is also available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. Needless to say, the legendary truck brand is highly preferred by ranchers and farmers in the Lone Star State and across the nation.

The Longhorn trim isn’t the only model gaining a special edition. Ram recently revealed its all-new 2018 Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab truck which was designed specifically for those who work on a farm or ranch. Additionally, the Ram 2500 Power Wagon also recently debuted its all-new Mojave Sand Option Package. From farming to luxury, Ram is giving us life with all these new enhancements.   

Pricing for the 2500 model starts at $60,790 (plus destination fee) and the 3500 model starts at $71,260 (plus destination fee). Both are expected to arrive in dealerships during the third quarter of 2018. Follow Miami Lakes Automall social media to stay updated on Ram news or visit our website to check out our entire new car inventory selection!

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Ram Announces The 2018 Mojave Sand Package And Hints At A New Midsize Pickup Truck

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Just last week, Ram announced its all-new Ram 1500 Harvest Edition Chassis Cab pickup truck. For the 2018 model year, Ram has announced that the “tough and capable” Ram 2500 Power Wagon will gain an extra option package consumers can now pick from – the Mojave Sand Package. Not only that, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also hinted at their plans to design an all-new Ram midsize pickup truck named the Scrambler.

2018 Ram Power Wagon Mojave Sand Package

While avoiding the Power Wagon’s mechanical specs for this special edition, the new Mojave Sand option package features an entirely black version of the Power Wagon’s 17-inch wheels, instead of the typical polished aluminum rims. Additionally, the Ram Power Wagon’s Heavy Duty Luxury package includes black upholstery throughout the interior cabin, heated power folding mirrors, LED lighting in the cargo bed, an overhead console, and a universal garage door opener. The Power Wagon will maintain the same 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive (FWD) is matched to the 6.4-liter engine, along with, locking differentials at the front and rear that assist in traction.

In the event of unexpected rough road conditions, the Ram Power Wagon has an electronic disconnecting sway bar that provides up to 26-inches of wheel travel. Sway bars are designed to maintain your vehicle leveled and prevent rolling, which isn’t ideal for off-roading. While disconnecting the sway bars isn’t difficult, it can become a hassle when having to do it manually. This is where an electronic disconnect comes in handy.

The Power Wagon also has 14.3-inches of ground clearance and 30-inches of wading depth, specifically for off-roading through the water. Even with the 12,000-pound Warn brand winch, drivers can get out of pretty much any sticky situation. Lastly, on top of the Power Wagon’s starting price of $52,795 (plus destination fee), the Mojave Sand Option Package will be an additional $795. Said to be released during the fourth quarter of 2018 with limited availability, interested consumers are urged to act fast!

All-New Ram Midsize Pickup Truck  

Since stepping away from the mid-size truck market in 2011, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has decided to make a comeback. This announcement comes as no surprise due to the recent return of the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado, that is gaining an all-new diesel engine. Automotive News has recently stated that suppliers are hinting that the new Ram midsize pickup truck will be joining the new Jeep Wrangler truck platform, currently in production. Due to take place at Fiat-Chrysler’s Toledo, Ohio production facility, the all-new Ram will likely be a body-on-frame pickup truck, not to be confused with the Ram unibody Latin American 700 model or Fiat’s Toro. Also, once the rumored Ram midsize pickup truck and Jeep Wrangler pickup variant go on sale, the components shared within each vehicle will assist in keeping FCA costs inline.

According to Automotive News, it is believed that the Jeep pickup truck alone won’t sell enough units initially, so adding an additional truck to the lineup will assist in closing the gap and make sure that the Toledo plant is running at full capacity. Oh! By the way, ever heard of something called Chicken Tax? Imposed in 1964, the Chicken Tax is a ruling that places a 25 percent tariff on small trucks that aren’t built here in the United States. So, to avoid this, FCA will develop the midsize Ram Truck here in the U.S. Aside from Mike Manley’s Capital Markets Day presentation that confirms a midsize or metric ton pickup by 2022, there is no additional information about the supposed Ram.  

From an all-new option package to a midsize pickup truck, Ram definitely has their hands full for the years ahead. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. Stay updated on the all-new Ram midsize pickup truck by following us on social media.  

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Ram Introduces New 2018 Harvest Edition Chassis Cab Trucks

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Ram is celebrating those hard-working farmers and it’s just in time for harvest season. Aimed specifically at America’s farm families, Ram launched the all-new 2018 Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab Truck. South Florida Dealers take pride in providing farming communities reliable and durable pickup trucks while supporting the future of farming and the evolution of future leaders in agriculture.

“Addressing a direct request from farmers, Ram is the only manufacturer to offer Chassis Cab commercial trucks in colors that match two of the most popular lines of farm equipment in the nation,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Brand – FCA North America. “The Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab delivers high capability and gives farming families a way to show their agricultural brand loyalty.”

The 2018 Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab was debuted at the Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska earlier this month. The Ram Harvest Edition will be visibly distinguished by two limited-availability colors, Case IH Red and New Holland Blue, while also offering Bright Black and Bright White. The Case IH Red and New Holland Blue mirror the red and blue colors of the Case IH and New Holland tractors plus numerous agricultural equipment that are produced by subdivisions of CNH Industrial. Furthermore, CNH Industrial also shares a common ancestry with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Offered in either single-rear-wheel (SRW) or dual-rear-wheel (DRW) flavors, the Harvest Edition will also be available cross the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab lineup, and in all four-door Crew Cabs and two-door Regular Cab configurations. 4×4 variants of the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel or the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 are also available powertrain options. The 2018 Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab trucks are equipped with several useful features like sizeable front tow hooks, a transfer case skid plate, side steps, fog lamps, and a rear back-up camera. The Harvest package includes body-color wheel flares and an upper fascia, plus chrome headlights, a grille, side-steps, door handles, and mirrors. Polished aluminum wheels also enhance the exterior style of the Harvest Edition and are available in 18-inches on the 3500 models and 19.5-inches on the 4500 and 5500 models.

In addition to the amazing features that the 2018 Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab truck offers their agriculture consumers, through the Ram Certified Agriculture Dealership (RCAD) program, Ram is extending their commitment to the farming community by equipping Ram Truck dealers to properly serve the local farmers and ranchers. Designed to educate dealership staff, RCAD requires them to complete a competency-based training course in order for Ram truck dealers to gain a better understanding of the exact needs of the farming and ranching communities. Furthermore, Certified Agricultural Dealerships assist farmers and ranchers in getting the right Ram light-duty, heavy-duty, and commercial trucks for their specific needs while helping them benefit from incentives and bonus offers.

Those dealers that are Certified Agriculturally allow for farm and ranch families to build a close relationship with the dealership staff who have a strong understanding of the farming business. Not only that, but it also indicates the dealership’s commitment to several activities like cherry harvest season, cow-milking schedules, and calving season – all done by modifying certain parts of its operations in order to accommodate the demands of every product during specific seasons.  

Ram’s dedication to supporting the future of farming, while paving the way for the next generation of farmers, will continue to be the foundation of the brand’s success. Expected to go on sale towards the end of 2018, the Ram Harvest Edition Chassis Cab is priced depending on the model. The Ram 3500 MSRP starts at $43,990, Ram 4400 starts at $48,140, and the Ram 5500 starts at $49,240 – excluding the destination fee. Stay updated with all things Ram by following us on social media. We look forward to hearing from ya’ll!

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2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Named The Most Efficient Full-Size Pickup Truck

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Purchasing a pickup truck can sometimes be a tricky process, specifically concerning how big the bed is, its towing capabilities, and engine power, among other things. Unfortunately, when buying a pickup truck, fuel efficiency usually isn’t at the top of the priority list. Today, as modern technology evolves, fortunately, so does engine technology. Currently, a lot of trucks offer impressive horsepower, plenty of torque, high payload ratings, and all while saving consumers a few bucks at the pump. And so, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched a new eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system on its all-new 2019 Ram 1500 V8 and V6 engines – prompting some impressive MPG figures.

When equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, 4×2 configuration, and the new eTorque technology, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2019 Ram 1500 can deliver 20 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway, and 22 mpg combined (with real-wheel drivetrain). Additionally, once the pickup truck has the four-wheel drive added, all three MPG numbers drop by one number – 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Those are significant improvements in comparison to last year, which without the eTorque system, the Ram 1500 had a maximum fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Furthermore, when the 2019 Ram 1500 is loaded by the more powerful 5.7-liter V8 eTorque system, the EPA figures show 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined – once in two-wheel-drive. Clearly, the numbers decrease a little bit and are still good. Fortunately, because of the mild-hybrid capabilities of the 48-volt system, the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque system essentially combines the advantages of idling on battery power when the engine is on and the effortless acceleration of an electric motor before slowly transitioning to all-gas power.

In taking the place of the standard alternator, the 2018 Ram 1500’s eTorque system offers a ten-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, along with the conventional lead-acid battery. For the 2019 model year, the body of the Ram 1500 is the model for efficiency through engineering. Due to the Ram’s innovative multi-link coil and solid-rear axle arrangement, frequency response damping shock absorbers, and the enhanced aerodynamics, the smaller electric motor delivers more refined and smoother gear shifts. Also, the Ram 1500 sheds about 225 pounds thanks to those improved aerodynamics, and with a towing capacity of nearly 13,000 pounds, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 certainly doesn’t sacrifice capabilities either. All-in-all, it’s clear why the 2019 Ram 1500 wins the title as the most efficient full-size pickup truck on the market.

As the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 continues to make headlines, we look forward to whatever else the Ram brand throws our way. Here at the Miami Lakes AutoMall , we have the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 in stock and waiting for a new home. Stop by for a test drive at our location in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. If you are on Florida’s west coast, stop by our sister Ram dealership in Cape Coral.

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Maximize Your Tailgating Experience With These Easy Tips

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Ah, yes…Football season is upon us and we all know what that means – TAILGATING! Usually consisting of eating and drinking before a big game event, tailgating is truly a uniquely American tradition. According to the American Tailgaters Association, the first occurrence of tailgating occurred in mid-summer of 1861—a full eight years before the first football game—in Manassas, Virginia, before Confederate forces and Union soldiers met in the First Battle of Bull Run on—you guessed it—a Sunday. Today, tailgating has gotten pretty involved. What used to be a six pack of beer and sitting on the back of your buddies pickup truck has now turned into an elaborate party. So, to ensure you’re prepared for gameday, we’ve put together some tips to maximize your tailgating experience.

Be Prepared

It’s super important to be as prepared as possible, especially if you’re hosting a huge tailgate party. We recommend making a list of all the necessities and then some. Also, visit the stadium website for rules and regulations on tailgating and take advantage of the apps specifically made for tailgating prep. Cook as much as possible before arriving at the stadium, and for those using a grill, cook in large quantities before guests arrive to avoid spending the whole time parked behind the grill. Additionally, get creative with food while sticking to the classics (homemade buffalo chicken dip, yummy). Did you know if you throw some sage and rosemary on bbq charcoals, it acts as a natural mosquito repellent? You’re welcome.

Stay Clean

As exciting as tailgating can be, it’s important to stay mindful of your area and clean up after yourself. Fortunately, football stadiums typically have dumpsters located throughout the property and trash bins at just about every corner in the parking lot. An awesome tip in creating your own garbage bin is using a pop-up and folding hamper. Additionally, using a cardboard six-pack container works great to store condiments and utensils – which also makes for an easy pass around. Also, by filling an empty industrial-sized laundry detergent container, you can create a convenient hand-washing station for guests.

Rain or Shine

If you’re a South Florida resident or have previously visited, it’s no secret that South Florida is notorious for random thunderstorms happening at any given moment of the day. So in order to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws your way, it’s essential to not only be aware of any potential passing rain clouds but also have necessary rain supplies readily available. Also, pop-up tents make for perfect shelter during rainy weather, and just in case it gets a little windy, bring something heavy to weigh down the legs.

Tailgating Entertainment

As previously mentioned, Tailgating usually consists of drinking and eating, but why not mix things up a bit? There are plenty of tailgating games that get everyone involved and even some neighboring tailgaters too. Sure, tailgaters can always opt for the classic back and forth football toss, but tailgate games like bean bag toss, ladder golf, and washer pitching are also big hits.

Tailgate Not Required

Pickup trucks are usually the initial go-to for tailgating, but SUVs and minivans are great alternatives for those pregame festivities. In fact, a van or SUV can provide for a very usable space that can quickly be closed in the event of poor weather. And, the back hatch can serve as a bit of protection from the weather.” Pre-gamers should consider packing plastic storage containers that are clearly labeled to keep those tailgating supplies organized.     

Please keep in mind that tailgating is an all-day event, hydration is key! Packing frozen bottles of water will not only keep things in the cooler cold, but ice-cold water will be readily available once that hot weather kicks in. Here at Miami Lakes Auto Mall, we offer plenty of trucks and SUVs that are perfect for any tailgating experience. Stop by our store located in Davie, FL or follow us on social media for more tailgating tips!   

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab: The Beast Of Luxury

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In today’s world, we’re a little spoiled in terms of demanding more than just the average function from your vehicle. These days, consumers require state-of-the-art technology while lusting after a beautiful exterior style. Fortunately, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has just that and then some.

Under The Hood

For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a powerful 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) included. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), VVT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power. Ram’s fuel-saving MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the new 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand. The 5.7-liter engine has the option of upgrading to an eTorque System and is matched at an eight-speed automatic 8HP75 transmission.

Once equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a maximum towing capacity of 11,340 pounds and a payload capacity, when properly equipped, of 1,770 pounds. The HEMI engine also allows for a pretty sweet entry-ramp acceleration on the highway. The Ram 1500 Laramie has a fuel economy of 20 mpg on the highway, mainly due to the active air dams and upper grille shutters to improve its aerodynamics at higher speeds. FCA engineers also decreased the Ram 1500s weight by 225 lbs. This is due to the high-strength steel, composites, and aluminum to shave the extra pounds.

Inside + Out

The exterior style of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab is sleek and can make anyone look like a Star Wars Villain – thanks to the sculpted hood, shiny headlamps, and elaborate in-your-face grille design. As mentioned in our “2019 Ram Storage Compartments, Even Some Hidden Ones Too” article, the interior and exterior of the 2019 Ram 1500 are loaded with plenty of storage space and hidden cargo compartments. The interior cabin screams luxury and comfort, specifically with the full leather trim, chromed-metal fixtures, and a large bench seat in the second row. For the 2019 model year, the interior cabin has been expanded by 4-inches, so the second row now has 45.1-inches of legroom and the seat can recline up to eight degrees.

Additionally, all of the seats in the Laramie trim come heated, and only the front seats offer A/C venting. So, why not in the second row? That’s due to the 40/20/40 fold-down bench seat that can be configured in order to make more room for cargo that isn’t able to be stored in the pickup bed. Along with the under seat storage option, the Laramie trim also offers RamBins. 5.5-inches longer than the previous Ram model, the RamBins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie-down loops for additional assistance in securing extra cargo. Returning for 2019 is the RamBox Cargo Management System that can be installed into the sides of the truck bed (optional add-on).

In terms of entertainment, no expense was spared in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim level. Given the option of a 12-inch touchscreen, the Laramie trim is standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The impressive 12-inch touchscreen is easy and intuitive while having split-screen capabilities allowing two applications to operate at the same time. For our techie friends, there are numerous USB ports around the cabin including a USB-A and the newer USB-C for ultra-fast charging. Furthermore, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System is an optional feature, while a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer comes standard. The 8.4-inch display includes Uconnect 4 that features Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto capabilities for added convenience.    

We won’t lie, parking this beast is a bit of a challenge in the city but some added walking distance really does the body good! Come test drive the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab at the Miami Lakes Automall today!

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2019 Ram Storage Compartments, and Even Some Hidden Ones Too

While any Ram pickup truck, used for personal or commercial use, offers premium capabilities to take on any job – sometimes hard-working truck owners require additional storage and organizational options. The 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a Best-in-Class interior storage volume, in-floor storage, and a RamBox Cargo Management System among other cargo compartments that are available.

RamBox Cargo Management System

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Available in either 6-foot-4-inch (quad cab) or 5-foot-7-inch (crew cab) truck beds, the Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System is a secure storage compartment that can be installed into the side rails of a light-duty or heavy-duty truck. Durable and efficient, the RamBox system allows truck owners to have an additional place to store tools and other items. Not only does the RamBox offer a convenient location for more massive objects, but it can also be locked for additional security by utilizing the remote keyless entry, class-exclusive all-secure central locking system. The RamBox includes cargo box lighting, cargo bed extender and divider, and car bed rails with four adjustable tie-down cleats.

As previously mentioned, the RamBox is available on either 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch truck beds. To give consumers a better idea of just how much the Rambox is capable of, it can hold about 140 standard beverage cans. Furthermore, the maximum cargo bed volume for the 2019 Ram 1500 is 61.5 cubic feet and has the ability to hold a significant amount of 4×8 sheets of plywood.

Hidden Storage Compartments

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Along with the RamBox Cargo System, the interior cabin of the 2019 Ram 1500 also includes some hidden storage compartments. Beginning with the rear flat-load floor, this hidden storage compartment, according to Ram, provides additional passenger comfort, usability, and extra cargo storage. The under-seat storage is another concealed cargo compartment. The Class-Exclusive under-storage can be located after folding up the rear bench seat and is capable of storing up to 40 liters using the fold out feature. Lastly, 5.5-inches more extended than the previous Ram models, the Ram Bins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie downs for added assistance in securing extra cargo.

The 2019 Ram 1500 also features a class-exclusive reconfigurable center console. Yes, a center console isn’t necessarily hidden, but the amount of storage space is surprising. The center console can charge up to five cell phones, hang file folders, has space for a 15-inch laptop, and also includes Type-C USB high-speed charging ports.

The under-seat storage feature is optional on the Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, and Rebel crew cab models only and the floor console is standard only on the Rebel trim.

Mopar Cargo Accessories

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For the 2019 Ram model year, the folks at Mopar decided the all-new pickup truck would not be complete without some sweet accessories.

Some of those optional accessories include:

  • Class four hitch receiver – tow rating of 12,750 lbs
  • Ball mount adapter kit – three drop sizes available
  • Pickup box adjustable utility rails
  • Cleats that slide along the rail system to secure cargo of just about any size
  • Cargo bed divider
  • Bed sliding toolbox
  • Bed mount cargo carrier
  • Ski and snowboard carrier   

Along with all the previously named storage options, it’s definitely safe to say that consumers can pack their Ram 1500 in full, stay organized, and not waste any space. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory lineup. Stay updated with all things Ram by following us on social media.

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The Seven-Year Itch Is No Match For The Ram 1500

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We’ve all heard the common phrase “The Seven-Year Itch.” You know, the supposed decline of happiness in a marriage after (you guessed it) seven years. Fortunately for Ram enthusiasts, this won’t be an issue. According to a study administered by iSeeCars.com, Ram 1500 owners are more inclined to keep their pickup trucks over seven years. Here’s why…

The survey consists of analyzing over six million used vehicles that are at least five-years-old or older. Researchers only examined vehicles that were owned for more than five years and in production for more than nine years, in order to avoid effects from short-term leases. The average age of each vehicle was determined when they were first listed for sale. The study discovered that pickup trucks, as a segment, are owned longer than the overall average of 7.4 to 7.7 years. Comparatively, there is little difference in ownership within the pickup truck segment as it ranges from 7.2 to 7.8 years.

“Pickup trucks are often used as work vehicles and are known for their durability,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Pickup truck drivers are likely to place more value on function and reliability rather than keeping up with modern design and technology trends.”  

When it comes to brand names, the Ram 1500 offers long-lasting durability and affordable parts. A common misconception is that older cars are less reliable, but when properly cared for, Ram trucks can hit over 200,000 miles with minimal maintenance issues. That means any truck developed by the legendary Ram brand can still be found in phenomenal condition. Not only that, but parts are affordable and easy to find. For example, consumers can find a part that once belonged to a 2014 or 2015 Ram 1500 model, and chances are, there won’t be an issue installing it into a more recent model.

Aside from durability and affordability, the Ram 1500 also has great overall safety and a plethora of standard safety features onboard. Some of those safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Front and Rear Head Airbag
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks

Additionally, any model that is equipped with Uconnect has the ability to immediately connect to 911 in the event of an emergency situation. So, whether consumers prefer a new or used Ram 1500, there is little room for disappointment. Come test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 today at the Miami Lakes Automall. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, we offer a huge variety of new and used cars. For more information, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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All Cars Go To Heaven, Even The Chevrolet City Express

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All good things must come to an end – General Motors announced their decision to discontinue their small work van, the Chevrolet City Express. But fret not, there are still plenty of work van options to choose from. Final orders were taken in September of 2017, so this will be its last production year. Since its debut in 2014, General Motors partnered with Nissan Motor Company to develop the City Express – a spin-off of the Nissan NV200.

At the time of its release, the Chevrolet City Express was set to be a direct competitor to the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram ProMaster City. According to the U.S. Vice President of GM fleet and commercial sales, Ed Peper, he stated that the company saw “tons of opportunity” in the small commercial van market. Yet, with what seemed like a promising future, where did the City Express go wrong?

Since its initial debut in February of 2014, the Chevrolet City Express gained little traction from the public in the emerging segment. The only time sales peaked (at 10,283 units sold) was in 2015, which was also its first full year on the market. To date, less than 30,000 City Express units have been sold since its official release in November 2014. Contrary to the City Express, its direct competitor, the Ram ProMaster City was also released in 2015. However, their sales did significantly better – more than 11,000 units to be exact. Furthermore, Nissan sold more than 17,300 NV200s and Ford also sold more than 52,200 Transit Connects.

Fortunately, the discontinuation of the Chevrolet City Express will not affect the sales of the Chevrolet Express. Since its launch in 1995, the Chevrolet Express has received minimal updates including a small facelift in 2003 and occasional engine updates. The traditional commercial style and truck-like construction of the Chevrolet Express is ideal for workers on the move. Moreover, for those consumers interested in looking outside of the Chevrolet box, the Ram ProMaster City is another quintessential option for commercial workers.     

The 2018 Ram ProMaster City is a smart choice for fleet operators, due to its low price and high functionality. Considered the most capable work van in America, this commercial van offers plenty of capability for small-business consumers. All variants of the Ram ProMaster City are offered standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I4 engine and a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine delivers a best-in-class 178 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The ProMaster City provides two configurations – the Tradesman Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon; each offer their own trim levels as well.

In order to provide commercial works a reliable work van, the Ram ProMaster City offers a best-in-class 131.7 cubic feet cargo capacity paired with a best-in-class 28 highway mpg. Due to this, workers are able to transport more, use less gas, and save money on maintenance costs. According to Ram, due to the front-wheel-drive configuration, the ProMaster City has fewer mechanical parts than rear-wheel-drive system that requires a rear differential. As a result, maintenance costs are significantly lower. Furthermore, servicing the ProMaster City isn’t required as often, due to the 10,000 mile oil change intervals.

Some additional standard features include, 60/40 split rear doors, a Parkview rear backup camera, 5-year/unlimited-mile rust through limited warranty, and dual sliding doors that open up to 26-inches. Lastly, the Ram ProMaster City has a starting MSRP of $23,995 (plus destination fee). Here at the Miami Lakes Automall, we offer plenty of 2018 Ram ProMaster City work vans. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, consumers can also visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. Keep up with the conversations and follow us on social media!

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Two Ram 1500 Versions Sold At Dealers – Which Is Which?

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“Out with the old and in with the new” – or in Rams case, in with the old and in with the new. What Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now referring to as the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic actually launched back in 2012. While gradual improvements were made to the Ram over the years, surprisingly the basic design has actually been on the market for the past six years.

“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market,” explains Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand — FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will feature three cabs and three bed lengths, plus 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains. Available engine options include a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine. Later on this year, a 3.0-liter V6 engine will be available as well. Lastly, a new “Classic” badge will be the cherry on the Ram cake and will set it apart from the rest. Pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic has yet to be announced, however, it will be sold simultaneously with the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 – its replacement. Consumers can expect pricing towards the fourth-quarter launch of the truck.

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For those consumers interested in a more economical option, the 2019 Ram 1500 is the perfect choice. For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 will be available in two flavors – 4×2 and 4×4. The Ram 1500 will also be available in four trim levels – Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Special Services Vehicle (SSV). The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve (that generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft torque) and an optional 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine (that generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The V6 and V8 engines are paired to an eight-speed 850RE automatic transmission, with the V6 able to opt-in for an eight-speed 8HP75 transmission.The interior cabin has also been enhanced, and one of the most popular optional upgrades is the 12-inch touchscreen display. Also, there are five USB ports in the center console and a wider docking area available for optional wireless charging of a small tablet, 15-inch laptop, or smartphone.

However, besides the amazing features included, the 2019 Ram 1500 is actually longer, lighter, and wider than the Ram 1500 Classic. Depending on the body style, the 2019 Ram 1500 wheelbase and cab increase by 4-inches and the truck itself is 0.5-inches wider. Additionally, if consumers prefer the popular crew cab 4×4 variant, they might notice a change in the weight of the truck – 225 lbs to be exact. Not to worry, other versions have also dropped a few pounds as well.

When asked about the potential confusion that consumers may have between the Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Classic, head of Ram Brand FCA-North America, Jim Morrison had this to say, “One of the things that clearly delineates it is the new trucks all have the new body style and the R – A – M grilles,” he said. “The old trucks are the old body style with the crosshair grille, so at 50 feet you can tell them apart.”

As previously mentioned, pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic has not been announced so follow us on social media for all the latest updates on everything Ram. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection..    

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Everything You Need To Know About Google’s Android Auto

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There seems to be a three-way-tug-of-war between Google, Apple, and car companies on who can take over your entertainment system the fastest. While most automotive companies prefer drivers use the standard infotainment included in the vehicle, rivaling techies offer a change of pace with a more intuitive and better packaged option – Google’s Android Auto.   

So what exactly is Android Auto? Basically, it’s a way to encourage drivers to focus on the road by minimizing distractions. By taking the features Android users know and love, Android Auto puts them directly into the vehicles infotainment display. Pretty cool, huh? Not only that, the information is displayed on an easy-to-use interface that includes legible menus, large icons, and apps you can swipe out of the way. Another really cool feature is the Google Maps-powered navigation system. This feature provides a step-by-step GPS while automatically finding alternative routes if necessary. As part of the minimizing distractions premise, drivers aren’t required to manually type in their “home” or “work” address – if it’s saved, Android Auto has got you covered.

Additionally, all previously mentioned features respond to basic voice commands as well. Drivers can ask anything from “Hey Google, is it going to rain today?” to “Hey Google, what is Android Auto?” Drivers can also reply to text messages using the speech-to-text technology. Don’t have voice-recognition technology in your car? No big deal, Android Auto’s features are accessible using the touchscreen. However, keep in mind that once Android Auto is active, the smartphone’s screen will be locked. Lastly, specific apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Skype, WhatsApp, and Spotify are also included.

While most new cars are compatible with Android Auto, there are some manufacturers that charge consumers more for the feature and some that choose not to offer it even on the base trim levels. Some of those compatible vehicles include, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, and Ram. Interestingly enough, Hyundai, Kia and Chevy were actually one of the first companies to develop Android Auto-compatible cars back in 2015. Unfortunately, Toyota has continued to go against Android Auto for unknown reasons. Oh well!

For those consumers who have recently purchased an Android Auto compatible vehicle, you’ll need to connect your device. Here’s a step-by-step process to get your device up and running:

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Android system and you’ve already downloaded the Android Auto app.
  • After turning on your car, plug-in your device using the USB port and review all the Safety Notice and Terms & Conditions
  • Allow Android Auto to access your device’s features and apps.
  • Once you see it on your vehicles display, select the Android Auto app, follow the instructions, and you’re all set!

…and please, drive responsibly.

And don’t forget! The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim features an incredible 12-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Google Android Auto. Just imagine how amazing it will look, or the convenience of the split-screen feature to choose what music to listen to while keeping GPS navigation at the forefront. Interested in test driving a 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory.  

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2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition – Rugged Luxury

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We see it everyday – those typical truck commercials that usually put on a display of trucks cruising on a dirt road while hauling a load of equipment or towing a trailer. Well, that’s what trucks are commonly used for, duh! However, Ram changed things up a bit for the 2018 model year. The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is the epitome of combining luxury and style into a solid work truck. Available in the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 lineups, Ram made the initial announcement of their plans to add the Limited Tungsten Edition back in 2017. Considered by Ram to be the most luxurious package offered by the brand, the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is fitted with all the bells and whistles one can think of when including a gorgeous interior cabin design with exceptional convenience and style.  

“The Limited Tungsten Edition is the highest trim level Ram has made available…The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.” – said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition really is a step above the rest offering consumers a premium level of sophistication. Featuring a shiny Tungsten Chrome on the wheels, grille, accents, and badging, the Tungsten Edition trim levels are also available in classic but bold colors. Some of those color options include Delmonico Red Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, and Pearl White. Additionally, the Tungsten’s chrome grille will feature “RAM” spelled out in huge letters. This branding will also be on the trucks tailgate. Some additional upgrades include black headlight frame, a sportier hood, body-painted bumpers, mirrors, and door handles.

Now for the interior cabin – boy, oh boy! Claimed as a segment-first, a Light Greystone suede headliner is probably one of most significant additions to the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition. Additionally, “Natura Plus” front and indigo-colored premium leather and carpeting are included with rubber floor mats and carpeted inserts that snap the floor, for added protection. One of the most exceptional enhancements featured on the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is the-state-of-the-art entertainment system, which provides drivers and passengers with the ultimate listening experience. Equipped with an 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen display system, this beauty also comes with smartphone integration and SiriusXM Guardian.

So why the name Tungsten? It’s actually a rare metal that has unique properties as well as an eye-catching shiny silver appearance. Out of all the metals, tungsten has not only the highest melting point, but it’s harder in comparison to most steels. As a result of it’s durability and resistance to heat, tungsten is often used in high energy industries, including the aerospace and automotive industries. Even though, tungsten that is found on trucks like the Ram isn’t necessarily pure, once the metal is combined with other metals, it increases their strength and it looks exceptionally amazing.

 The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition package is expected to arrive by late winter of this year. Here at the Miami Lakes Ram, located in Miami, FL, we offer a huge selection of Ram trucks and vans. For more information on our 2018 Ram inventory, please visit our website or follow us on social media for all Ram updates! 

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2019 Ram ProMaster is the Strongest Yet

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What makes the upcoming Ram ProMaster lineup special is how innovative their lineup is over other brands. Each year, these vehicles become stronger, lighter and better vehicles to own. Perfect for business owners, the Ram ProMaster is a great choice to help grow your business and handle the work you need done. With more space added and increased options, let’s go over why the newest Ram ProMaster commercial vehicles are better and stronger than ever. The new Ram ProMaster trucks are also looking as sleek as can be. Let’s go over why!

Sleeker and Stronger For a Reason

These new Ram ProMaster vans are lighter and more aerodynamic with an available eTorque small electric assistive motor that is available addition to the 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-Liter HEMI V8 engine options. This torque provides up to 90 lb-ft of torque over last year’s model for the V6 and up to 130 lb-ft of torque in short-term torque, boosting fuel efficiency for the gasoline engines.

More Maximum Payload Means More Results

Have a lot of work to do? Good. The Ram ProMaster is here to help. With a payload increase that allows for more cargo hauling and strength, the jobs will get done fast in the new Ram. 2019 Ram ProMaster 1500 allows up to 4,000 pounds for a maximum payload. The ProMaster 2500 moved up to 4,230 pounds and the newest ProMaster 3500 is up 240 pounds to 4,680 pounds of maximum payload. The Ram ProMaster boasts Best-in-class maximum-payload, way more than the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

With a greater maximum towing capacity, up to 6,800 pounds for the 1500, the 2019 ProMaster is definitely stronger the previous model year and only costs $30,195 (plus destination fee) for the 2019 base model. The 2019 Ram ProMaster also costs significantly less than rivals Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit. When it comes to adding a new commercial van to your fleet, just know the latest Ram ProMaster now performs with greater strength and payload capacity at a friendly cost for owners.

More Ram, Please

Ram fans can show off their Ram ProMaster like never before with the addition of the RAM script on the front of the grille for certain trims. Already boasting the Best-in-class cargo height, width and lowest floor height, the Ram ProMaster has introduced the 126-inch wheelbase that includes a low roof for the 2500 trim. The 3500 trim can have a low or high roof for the first time ever. Best of all, Ram will include three configurations in this years lineup.

Find Out Why the Ram ProMaster is Ideal With a Test-Drive

If you want to see for yourself, stop by Miami Lakes Automall and we’ll help you with any buying, selling, leasing or trade-in offers. We’re proud of the Ram ProMaster and will help you find any option you need for your business. Come back for any maintenance work on any vehicle you go with or your current vehicle.

Our professional staff will be able to do your repairs, oil changes and other upkeep all at the same place. With an appointment, you’re on your way to having your vehicle running in top shape again. We look forward to providing a wonderful customer experience for you soon!

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