The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) announced the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel as its Truck of the Year during the Denver Auto Show.
This year marks the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards. The goal is to recognize vehicles that are all-new or significantly revised for the 2015 model year. In order to be eligible for the award, vehicles must be in the Rocky Mountain regional press fleet and available for RMAP members to test.
RMAP represents automotive journalists from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona. RMAP's main goal is to promote an information exchange between automakers and journalists and to help consumers make informed decisions about their transportation needs, according to the press organization.
For RMAP’s Truck of the Year award, the vehicle nominating committee considered a number of attributes including performance, fuel economy, value, and vehicle features to narrow down the field to three finalists. The Truck of the Year finalists for 2015 were the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty, the GMC Canyon, and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. After voting by the entire RMAP membership was tallied, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named the winner.
The Ram 1500 delivers fuel economy of 29 mpg thanks to a number of fuel-saving systems and technologies: TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension, according to the automaker.
Ram truck offers models designed for a wide range of buyers, including outdoorsmen, tradesmen, first-time buyers and ranchers, according to the automaker.
The RMAP also named the 2015 Chrysler 200 as the Car of the Year.