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Dodge Reveals New 2006 Ram 1500: First Pickup Truck to Offer Cylinder Deactivation

June 21, 2005

CHELSEA, MI — The new 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 — the first pickup truck to offer Chrysler Group’s MDS technology — features an all-new frame and suspension, an all-new interior, and an even bolder new Dodge Ram exterior. The new truck arrives in Dodge dealerships this fall. The new 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 is the first pickup truck and latest Chrysler Group vehicle to feature standard MDS with the 5.7L HEMI. The new 2006 Dodge Ram 1500’s HEMI V-8 en-gine seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. “Chrysler Group was the first to offer a modern cylinder-deactivation system, the first to offer MDS in an SUV, and now the first to offer MDS in a pickup truck,” said Mike Donoughe, vice president — Body-on-Frame Product Team. “By offering MDS as a standard feature on the HEMI-powered Dodge Ram 1500, customers will experience the most powerful and capable V-8 engine in the pickup truck market, with an improvement in fuel economy of up to 20 percent.” Chrysler Group’s MDS-equipped lineup also includes the HEMI-powered Chrysler 300C, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Durango, with the all-new 2007 Jeep Commander arriving in showrooms this fall. By 2007, Chrysler Group will have nearly 1 million vehicles on the road with MDS.
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