The Ram Truck brand has quite a storied past, with its humble beginnings as part of the Dodge D-Series pickup lineup. It wasn’t until the beginning of the last decade when Ram spun off and became its own brand apart from Dodge. Given its meteoric rise in the past ten years, other automakers are closely studying Ram’s process to see if any of their vehicles can be turned into their own brand, like the Chevy Corvette for example. The pickup segment is more popular than ever, and Ram’s sales have been skyrocketing every year since its spin-off, with a worldwide 2019 total of 730,457 units. Here’s how Ram and its lineup has changed and affected the market over its 35 years (and counting) of existence. Read the rest of this entry
Before Ram Trucks decided to split from Dodge in 2009 to become its own brand, Dodge was the main pickup manufacturer for what came to be known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In fact, Dodge has been making trucks since 1917, meaning the brand that became Ram has been part of farms, ranches, oil fields, prairies and families has been part of the American landscape for over 100 years. Here are some fun facts about the brand and how it arrived as the pickup truck powerhouse it is today. Read the rest of this entry
The Ram Power Wagon has definitely evolved since its debut in 1945. Despite the fact that the Power Wagon hasn’t really changed, numerous variants have been developed throughout the past 73 years. This Military inspired pickup truck has quite an extensive background, including its “Power Wagon” name.
History + Variants
FUN FACT! Prior to the “Ram Power Wagon” name, its original name was actually the Dodge Power Wagon.
The Dodge Power Wagon was mechanically derived from Dodge’s 1942-1945 WC series military trucks and was developed with the intention to compete with military-based Ford/Marmon-Herrington and GMC trucks. The following year after making its debut in 1945, the Dodge Power Wagon became the first civilian 4×4 truck available. It was powered by a 230-inch flathead Inline six-cylinder (I6) engine and paired to a four-speed transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and included a part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) drivetrain. This specific model was equipped with 16-inch wheels and had a power take-off switch to reroute the power to the auxiliary equipment. Lastly, the Power Wagon had a maximum payload capacity of 3,000 pounds and a gross vehicle rating of 8,700 lbs.
There weren’t many significant changes made to the power wagon from 1945 to 1956. As previously mentioned, the Dodge Power Wagon models were derived from the original “Military Type” model. In 1952, the Willock Chassis Swivel debuted. The most interesting aspect of this pickup truck, is that it allowed for the wagon’s truck bed and cabin to rotate independently from one another. Unfortunately, it was short lived and production ended six years later in 1958. By 1957, significant changes began and Dodge introduced the light-duty W100 and W200 pickup trucks for their segment at that time. Throughout the next few years, the W300, W500, and W600 were introduced to the lineup. Yet, in 1977, the Dodge brand discontinued production on all medium-duty models.
As the Power Wagon began to grow in size and weight, a big block 383 V8 engine became an available option starting in 1967 – including various engineering and styling enhancements. Although the basic “look” of the Power Wagon was preserved, in 1972, significant changes were introduced like various grille designs and exterior paint options. A couple years later, the extended “Club Cab” was released and brought along several benefits with it. Not only did sales numbers increase, but it became noticeably popular with families and campers. Over time, the four-door Crew Cab grew to be far less common, and because of its rarity, it became a collectors item.
“What’s In A Name?”
All good things unfortunately must come an end, and in 1981, the Dodge Power Wagon nameplate was discontinued. As a result, it was exclusively called “Power Wagon” and the name “Dodge Ram” began. The name “Dodge Ram”, depending on your generation, might sound familiar. In 1989, the Cummins turbo-diesel engine was released as an available option, but that only lasted until about 1993. Soon after the respective name plate “Dodge Ram” made its return in 2005 with the Dodge Ram 2500 model, however, the Ram Brand split from Dodge for good in 2009.
2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Today, consumers can expect a lot from the 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Powered by a 6.4-liter Heavy Duty V8 HEMI engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 6.4-liter V8 can produce 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Exclusive standard features include: front and rear locking differentials, a 4.10 axle ratio, a maximum towing capacity of 9,910 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,470 pounds. With the Power Wagon’s 8.3-inches of ground clearance, the optional side steps might come in handy. Finally, the Power Wagon is only available as a Crew Cab with a 6’4” box.
Interested in test driving a 2018 Ram 2500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for our entire new car inventory selection. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
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Looking for the most reliable pickup trucks? Look no further than Miami Lakes Automall. We have trucks from the two brands rising to the top of the charts, Ram and Chevrolet. Recently, we learned that Ram trucks are outperforming Ford, and Chevrolet is closing in on the automaker as well. Now, with a little fire that burnt down parts of the F-150 pickup Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan (you can’t prove anything!), consumers are going to see a bit of a hiccup in inventory and supply while production of the F-150 truck comes to a screeching halt for an undisclosed amount of time. With that in the air, Ram and Chevrolet are here to pick up the slack, and Consumer Reports just named several trucks between the two automotive brands as the “Most Reliable Pickup Trucks of the Decade.”
Consumer Reports is an American magazine published by a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and support. Consumer Reports publications include reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. Such consumer products have a wide range, from noise-canceling headphones to automotive vehicles. Trusted for their unbiased reviews, Consumer Reports is one of several publications consumers can turn to when looking for the truth about a product’s quality and reliability.
Named on Consumer Reports’ list of “Most Reliable Pickup Trucks of the Decade” were the Chevrolet Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500HD, and Silverado 3500HD. The Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck may no longer be available as a new truck (production ended in 2013), but that doesn’t mean a consumer can’t find one used.
What are your towing needs? You can tow up to 11,000 pounds with a Ram 1500. Maybe you need to tow up something that weighs 18,000 pounds? The Ram 2500 can do that. Or if you need to tow up to 30,000 pounds, like a large boat, R/V or construction equipment, look no further than a heavy duty Ram 3500. If towing is your business, Ram trucks provide the power you need.
But what separates Ram from the other truck brands? Power matched up with fuel efficiency. Ram trucks were the first truck to ever have been awarded Motor Trend’s illustrious Truck of the Year Award back to back years, as it did in 2013 and again in 2014. A large reason for this award came from the Ram 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel Engine that provides 20/27 mpg, which is best in class. Diesel is actually more fuel efficient than gasoline and the trucking industry went crazy over this V6 engine that runs on diesel. You’ll love the money you’ll save in fuel costs with a Ram 1500 with EcoDiesel as well.
Consider that Ram 1500 offers all the requirements truck buyers want in a rig. From torque and power to design and comfort, adding fuel efficiency to top it off; game-changing results.
If you’re going off-roading – Go with Ram 1500 Rebel or Ram 2500 Power Wagon as these trucks are built to fulfill the demands of offroad use. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 410 horsepower is capable of pulling cargo and getting you where you have to go. From the 14.2 inches of clearance to the Bilstein shocks that help stabilize and maintain your drive, Ram trucks deliver.
The Ram 2500 is spacious from inside and out, the front seat legroom and headspace is a generous 41 inches, with a large cargo bed that is only rivaled by the Ram 3500, which is the biggest cab size with 98.4 inches available. No other truck has more cab space on the market.
Various trims are available for those who want luxury to go with their Ram power. The Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 are all available in the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition trim, which is decked out with an all leather interior, finely crafted to provide immersive comfort. The Ram Limited Tungsten Edition has an elegant cabin with genuine wood trim, light frost beige and indigo blue accent leather seats, suede headliner and metal interior accents. Available classic black trim and black leather seats is also available.
The Ram Limited offers the UConnect infotainment system, available in all Ram trucks, providing accessibility to use WiFi, easy access to reach emergency services and connectivity with Apple’s Carplay and Android Auto. This increased technology makes for yet another reason why Ram is a fantastic choice.
The only problem you’ll have is deciding which Ram truck to go with. We can help make it easier when you visit Miami Lakes Automall and test drive a Ram with us.
Dodge has been making trucks since 1917. For 98 years, Dodge has been providing America with trucks that have been on farms and ranches, mountains and dockside, oil fields and soccer fields.
They are part of the landscape. As our culture has changed, so have the needs and wants of the people. What hasn’t changed are the reasons why people still drive pickups.
Dodge Ram dealers have been smart enough to see that times do indeed change and to stay relevant, one much change with the times. They have shown that with their trucks.
In 1981 Dodge introduced their new line RAM. Donning the head of a ram as its logo on their grill as their nameplate, it serves as both their namesake as well as a warning.
They are impressive trucks and have continued to be since their birth 34 years ago. Just as the times have changed in the previous 34 years, so has the RAM.
Let’s take a look at how some of those changes have helped define and redefine the driver and truck.
Finding a used Dodge RAM for sale is not difficult. We have many of these vehicles on our lot, one of which may be perfect for you. Even so, this is a big decision that you don’t want to take lightly. You may be ready to make a purchase, but don’t pull the trigger until you know exactly what you want.
Buy Used Not New
There are many reasons to consider a used Dodge RAM, including the fact that you can save a lot of money on the purchase price. Buying a new truck can be a great joy, but only if you have the funds to pull it off.
If you are on a budget or attempting to protect against overspending, it is time to consider a used RAM. Here are the questions to ask yourself:
Many Dodge RAM dealers won’t tell you about RAM’s involvement in the surreal wonder of the American tailgating party, but Miami Lakes Dodge RAM certainly will! Football season is on the horizon, and legions of football fans everywhere are planning to party around the open tailgate of their vehicle. And there’s no better vehicle for a tailgating party than a 2014 Dodge RAM 1500!
The tailgate of a 2014 RAM 1500 provides you with enough space for you and your friends. Whether it be a football game or a concert, here’s why the RAM 1500 is perfect for your next tailgating party!
With unbeatable performance and top-notch fuel economy, Dodge RAM is the number-one brand of truck in the country.
Compared to other Dodge RAM dealers, Miami Lakes RAM offers the most diverse selection RAM vehicles in the Sunshine state! Whether it be brand new or pre-owned, our dealership should be your destination to experience RAM at its finest!
We’d like to offer you a few facts you may not have known about Dodge RAM. We want to make sure you get a full knowledge of the brand before you make a purchase!