Ram 1500 Named 2013 Fleet Truck of the Year
Fleet managers have spoken and the results are in. The all-new 2013 Ram 1500 was selected as the best-of-the-best for the annual truck award.
December 2012, Automotive Fleet - Feature
“Our new Ram was engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum
performance, and enhanced commercial
-Jim Sassorossi, Chrysler Group director of fleet sales
The all-new, highly anticipated 2013 Ram 1500 was recently named the 2013 Fleet Truck of the Year.
“We are honored that Automotive Fleet’s readers chose the new 2013 Ram 1500 as its Fleet Truck of the Year,” said Jim Sassorossi, Chrysler Group’s director of fleet sales. “Our new Ram was engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum performance, and enhanced commercial capability. With its best-in-class fuel economy, towing and payload, and ride and handling, our new Ram 1500 provides all the qualities that our commercial customers value.”
Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, the purpose of the award is to promote excellence in the fleet industry, particularly the tools and vehicles that allow fleet managers to fulfill their missions. Vehicles were voted on by qualified fleet professionals via an online ballot.
The Ram 1500 garnered the most votes among a group of 28 trucks selected for this year’s competition. Fleet Truck of the Year nominees included vehicles from the major domestic and import brands.
“The new Ram 1500 is the truck folks are talking about,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of Ram Truck Brand. “Customers are returning to the pickup-truck market. With best-in-class 25 mpg fuel efficiency and class-exclusive features, buyers have been anxious to get behind the wheel and check the Ram 1500 out for themselves.”
Looking Under the Hood
Featuring a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT), the truck achieves 305 hp with 296 lb.-ft. of torque. The new V-6 engine features 42-percent more horsepower, 13-percent more torque, and at least 20-percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7L V-6 powertrain, according to Ram. Also available is a 5.7L HEMI V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and VVT, which provides 395 hp at 407 lb.-ft. of torque.
A class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 3.6L V-6, doubling the amount of gears compared to the previously available 4-speed. The new 8-speed is also available with the 5.7L HEMI V-8, Ram’s first application with a V-8.