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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.
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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. (more…)
Some truck owners out there have at one time or another realized they have no clue how to hitch up a trailer to their truck. Loading cargo into a vehicle is one thing, but hauling it all as a separate unit a part from the vehicle can be a little tricky at first. Aside from getting the proper trailer, assuming the object(s) being towed require one, a truck owner needs to know how to properly connect the trailer to their truck, or they may lose all of their cargo before even leaving the driveway. Worse if things come undone while on the highway, so let’s chat about loading up a truck and connecting the hitch.
Keeping a Center of Gravity with Cargo
Weight is important to keep in mind when loading cargo onto a trailer. Making sure the weight is balanced will help to avoid issues while on the road. Most experienced truck drivers would say to keep a good ratio of 60 percent of the cargo weight towards the front half of the trailer (unless directed otherwise by the trailer manufacturer), and make sure it’s the heavy stuff first, to keep the truck’s center of gravity closer to its rear axle. The remaining 40 percent of the cargo goes towards the rear half of the trailer- using some of the heavy stuff works here too to keep an equal balance across the trailer. Your best bet is to put the heaviest cargo over the trailer axles.