Best-in-class Fuel Efficiency, New Technology and New Features Without Sacrificing Capability
Best-in-class fuel economy:
New 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward's Automotive 10
Best Engines) features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more
torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the
previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and
variable-valve timing provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and
best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks (at least 10 percent better
fuel economy when compared to 2012 V-8 powertrain)
Class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite
8), standard equipment with 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar, doubles the amount
of gears compared to previously available four-speed automatic
transmission to greatly improve fuel economy
New eight-speed also available with the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI ? the
Company's first application with a V-8 (TorqueFlite 8 late
New TorqueFlite 8 operated by an innovative dash-mounted, rotary e-shift design
First-in-segment Fuel Saving Technology: eight-speed automatic
transmission, stop-start, thermal management system, pulse-width
modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air
Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves
ride control and off-road capability along with improved ingress/egress
and loading, and features automatic load leveling
New exterior design cues including all-new grille/fascia,
improved quad projection headlamps and LED front turn signals and
Best-in-class aerodynamics, coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.363
New, upgraded interior features include: standard and premium
vehicle information center, passive entry, Keyless Enter 'n Go, steering
wheel and controls, wood accents, updated door panels, instrument
panel, interior colors and premium materials
All-new, next-generation Uconnect® Access debuts on the 2013 Ram 1500
Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart Media Centers with a powerful new wireless platform
With Uconnect Access, Ram 1500 owners will have alternative ways
to access new connected services and applications via the vehicle's
8.4-inch touchscreen display or the web
Next generation Uconnect system is designed to be
forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the latest
features and services
Voice-recognition technology, steering wheel controls,
touchscreen displays and traditional controls provide Ram 1500 customers
with a variety of ways to interact with their mobile phones, music,
navigation system and applications
Ram 1500 now available with a premium, customizable, full-color 7-inch vehicle information center
Addition of Powernet vehicle architecture system allows new content with improved data speeds
Chrysler Group offers Ram 1500 customers expanded Sirius XM
Radio channel lineup, with exclusive programming including new SiriusXM
Latino channels, an automotive industry first
Sprint selected as the strategic partner to bring wireless connectivity and service delivery to the vehicle
New remote central locking RamBox® cargo management system and tailgate combined with door locks
New rain sensing wipers, SmartBeam® headlamps, power folding mirrors and power sliding rear window with defrost
Best-in-class powertrain warranty ? 5 years/100,000 miles
April 5, 2012
, New York
Ram 1500 ? the most recognizable pickup on the road ? delivers
best-in-class fuel economy with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving
systems including a more fuel efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6
engine and first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed automatic
transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width
modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air
"The new 2013 Ram 1500 is the most capable, best-looking half-ton pickup
in the world and delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency, new technology
and new features while upgrading the interior and exterior," said Fred
Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico ?
Chrysler Group LLC. "We changed every area of the truck ? from a newly
designed frame with air suspension, to a new eight-speed transmission to
a new interior with the next-generation Uconnect® system.
"With best-in-class towing and payload, best-in-class ride and handling
and best-in-class aerodynamics, the 2013 Ram 1500 delivers unmatched
content, performance and capability to our customers," Diaz added.
POWERTRAIN The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward's 10 Best Engines
Award two years in a row) with variable-valve timing (VVT) offers
best-in-class standard 305 horsepower, with 269 lb.-ft. of torque and
best-in-class fuel economy for V-6 trucks. New V-6 features 42 percent
more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better
fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain.
The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with fuel-saving cylinder shut-off and
VVT provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class
fuel economy for V-8 trucks (at least 10 percent better fuel economy
when compared to 2012 V-8 powertrain). Also, the HEMI delivers
best-in-class towing and payload ? 11,500 pounds and 3,125 pounds
respectively, with Ram 1500 Tradesman Heavy Duty.
The class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8),
standard equipment with 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar, doubles the amount of
gears compared to previously available four-speed automatic
transmission, which improves drivability and enhances fuel efficiency.
The new eight-speed also is available with the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI ? the
Company's first application with a V-8 (TorqueFlite 8 with V-8 is late
availability). The exclusive new transmission is operated by an
innovative, dash-mounted rotary e-shift dial, which enables quick
blind-shift transitions from "Reverse" to "Drive" when towing or
navigating out of mud, snow or busy parking lots.
Owners will appreciate an innovative rotary e-shift dial for trucks
equipped with the new TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission that replaces
both column and floor shifters. The exclusive rotary e-shift enables
intuitive operation with a direct and confident feel, even with gloves
on. The convenient, dash-mounted, easy-to-understand and operate system
provides total control of the sophisticated eight-speed transmission and
is Ram Truck's innovative approach to electronic shifters, already used
in Class 6-8 trucks. This new design allows quick blind-shift
transitions from "Reverse" to "Drive" when towing or navigating out of
mud, snow or busy parking lots and crowded worksites. The new rotary
e-shift dial also yields space for more functional and usable storage in
Another segment exclusive with the eight-speed transmission is a new
thermal management system that is designed to quickly raise engine and
transmission fluid temperatures. By raising fluid temperatures,
parasitic losses resulting from high-viscosity engine oil and
transmission fluid can be reduced, improving fuel efficiency by 1.7
percent. As the engine temperature increases to pre-determined levels,
warm engine coolant is circulated through a thermal exchange unit, which
also contains dedicated pathways for transmission fluid. As the thermal
exchange unit heats up, it also heats up the transmission fluid. This
action dramatically reduces warm up time for the transmission, improving
fuel economy, drivability and shift quality. In most powertrain
configurations, the transmission heats up independently of the engine,
delaying warm-up time and reducing efficiency.
Adding to industry firsts in a pickup truck is the application of
stop-start, another fuel saving feature available on select 2013 Ram
1500 models. This new system improves fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent,
an increase of about one mile-per-gallon to the truck's city drive
Stop-start increases fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the
truck comes to a complete stop. Amenities (radio, gauges, heating or
air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate, making the operation
transparent to the driver. The engine restarts automatically when the
driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration.
Enabling components have been upgraded for heavy-duty operation on models equipped with the stop-start feature.
ENGINEERING Although the new 2013 Ram 1500 boasts numerous
segment-exclusive features, many aren't readily visible, but deliver
best-in-class fuel efficiency, ride and handling.
Aerodynamics The new 2013 Ram 1500 continues to maintain its ruggedly
handsome appearance with new exterior design elements. Extensive
wind-tunnel testing honed the 2013 Ram 1500 exterior shape, resulting in
continued best-in-class aerodynamics. Also, the cooperative application
of active aerodynamics and modern styling led to a six percent
aerodynamic improvement on the new truck. The 2013 Ram 1500 Regular Cab
4x2 coefficient of drag (Cd) is .363 ? compared with a Cd of .386 for a
2012 Ram 1500 Regular Cab 4x2.
Air Suspension Best-in-class ride and handling gets even better. The 2013 Ram
1500 is now available with an all-new air suspension system featuring
five height settings for optimum ride and aerodynamic performance. The
feature operates automatically, or may be controlled manually via
console or key fob controls:
Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.7 inches of clearance (measured from the base of the door sill) is the default, load-leveled ride height Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.1 inches from NRH. Aero
Mode improves fuel efficiency by up to one percent and is activated by
vehicle speed, adjusting for optimal performance and fuel economy
Off-road 1: Lifts the truck 1.2 inches from NRH for added height in clearing obstacles Off-road 2: Delivers more off-road capability, increasing ground clearance by 2 inches over NRH
Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 2 inches from NRH for easy ingress/egress and cargo loading
The new air suspension system adds up to 4 inches of lift span, offering
best-in-class step-in height of 21 inches, best-in-class ground
clearance of 10.7 inches, best-in-class departure angle of 27.8 degrees,
and best-in-class breakover angle of 24.2 degrees supported by
four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium ride.
Another benefit to the new air suspension is load-leveling capability,
which automatically detects load on the suspension from a trailer or
payload. The air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal
ride height, leveling the truck and improving the loaded ride.
Additionally, a separate button on the key fob gives the operator the
ability to manually lower the truck, allowing for ease of passenger
entry and reduced tailgate lift-over height.
Electric Power Steering The 2013 Ram 1500 features electric power steering (EPS). By
using an electric motor to power the truck's rack and pinion steering
system, the engine is relieved from the task of constantly turning a
hydraulic pump, improving fuel efficiency up to 1.8 percent and adding
five horsepower. Also, the introduction of EPS reduces complexity by
removing the previous hydraulic pump, high-pressure hydraulic hoses and
Weight Reduction Weight reduction is an important variable in the fuel economy
equation. Reducing the weight of components improves fuel economy and
allows for more content without affecting payload or towing capability.
A newly redesigned frame benefits from a weight reduction of up to 30
pounds by using advanced high-strength steels. Also benefitting from
advanced metal, new box floor cross-members in the bed eliminates seven
pounds and a new front bumper design removes four pounds. Additionally,
aluminum lower control arms in the front suspension contribute to
additional weight reduction and handling. The Ram 1500 also features an
aluminum hood saving 26 pounds.
Underneath the hood, the combination of the new Pentastar V-6 and new
TorqueFlite 8 transmission reduces the weight by approximately 76
pounds. The V-8 and TorqueFlite 8 together reduce weight by more than 30
The weight reductions not only allow for more convenience, comfort and
entertainment features but also best-in-class fuel saving technology
such as thermal management, stop-start and active aerodynamics.
Pulse-width Modulation Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a new fuel-saving technology
for the Ram 1500, which reduces parasitic electrical load. The
technology not only eliminates unnecessary load on the alternator but
also improves the durability of benefitting systems. Fuel delivery and
the forward cooling fan are two systems that take advantage of PWM,
adding a 0.4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
Low rolling-resistance Tires The 2013 Ram 1500 features standard low rolling-resistance
tires to minimize wasted energy and decrease required rolling effort.
Tread patterns, advanced materials and millions of miles of testing
result in greater fuel efficiency.
Chassis The 2013 Ram 1500 uses a newly designed frame with improved,
low torsion (stiffness) attributes that increase stability and handling
precision while decreasing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) up to 30
percent, depending on drive cycle. Front rails feature 20 percent
increased yield strength from the use of high-strength steel. Among
other features, the new frame design incorporates a new powertrain, new
air suspension and new body-mounting technology.
Portions of the frame are hydroformed for dimensional accuracy
(hydroforming reduces the amount of welding that leads to distortion),
and side rails are fully boxed. The front frame section incorporates
advanced, high-strength steel that maintains overall strength and
durability while saving approximately 30 pounds. To further improve NVH,
new larger body mounts are located on the front frame rails and at the
New standard front independent suspension combines redesigned upper
control arms, aluminum lower control arms and retuned geometry with coil
springs for improved responsiveness and handling. New, more robust ball
joints on the front suspension yield greater durability and are
engineered with improved sealing methods.
DESIGN The new 2013 Ram 1500 retains its ruggedly handsome appearance
with all-new interior and exterior design aesthetics, improved
aerodynamics and all-new, segment-leading technology ? and every Ram
1500 truck benefits from new content specifically designed to match each
model's unique style.
Exterior Ram Truck brand designers started with the Ram grille making it
not only larger ? with the same overall width, but approximately one
inch taller ? "saddled" within the new upper fascia panel for a more
integrated appearance. The classic Ram crosshair horizontal and vertical
grille bars are now flush at the top and bottom of the grille surround.
The new front bumper design supports the "saddled" Ram grille theme with
new vertically oriented fog lamps for improved light spread, distance
and more lumens. Larger openings around the front tow hooks (four-wheel
drive models) allow for easy access to the hooks.
The 2013 Ram 1500 quad headlamp design has improved light spread,
pattern consistency, distance and 30 percent more lumens. An all-new
premium headlamp lighting system is a bi-functional halogen projector
design with 15 amber LEDs for park/turn/position lamp and three amber
LEDs for the side marker.
For 2013, the Ram 1500 offers 12 different colors, including five new
shades. Black Gold, Copperhead, Maximum Steel Metallic, Prairie and
Western Brown are all new and available in a monotone and/or two-tone
depending on the model.
The new, polished stainless steel running boards have a sturdy box
cross-section design. Also, the new wheel-to-wheel exclusive running
board design offers aerodynamic improvements over the current version
and provides customer's improved access to the forward portion of the
A new 6-ft.-4-in. bed option is now available on Crew Cab models giving
customers the ability to combine Ram 1500's largest available cab with
the largest four-door/bed combination. All-new premium tail lamps are
standard and consist of 15 red LEDs with three red LEDs for the side
Interior For 2013, new features and technologies create opportunity for a
redesigned interior with material upgrades; improved fit and finish;
all-new interior themes with different colors and materials; all-new
HVAC controls and new multimedia systems. The 2013 Ram 1500 also
features an exclusive eight-speed transmission with a new rotary e-shift
Rear occupants can enjoy the same quality, fit and finish as the driver.
With points of contact a priority, new premium materials, colors and
designs are now on all four doors. Soft-touch materials enhance armrests
and upper bolsters with expanded use of premium surfaces.
The 2013 Ram 1500 features the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system
with background screens tailor-made to specific Ram models and themes.
To make room for the new big screen, the center stack is upgraded with
matching materials found throughout the interior. To complement the
range of Ram 1500 models, the interior design team created new,
individualized themes with different colors and materials. For the
Laramie Longhorn, the Ram design team sought out a very rare Walnut
grain with a unique burl that was unintentionally created by ranchers
using trees as fence posts for barbed wire. Eventually, the trees grow
over the rusting metal wire, creating a swirl coloring pattern and tone
that is not found anywhere else.
The all-new HVAC controls take lessons learned from other Chrysler Group
Uconnect applications and feature simple, improved function, meeting
the highest Human Machine Interface (HMI) standards. The HVAC system
includes a redundant architecture allowing the operator to use either
the 8.4-inch touchscreen or manual controls to alter the truck's
environment. Below the upgraded HVAC arrangement is a new switch bank
with relocated, easy-to-use controls for a number of features depending
on vehicle models and options. All buttons in the comfort bank also are
redundant on the Uconnect system. Contiguous to the switch bank is a
prominently placed, adjustable integrated trailer brake control allowing
the driver to add or reduce trailer brake function on the fly.
The Ram 1500's new, exclusive eight-speed transmission created the need
for an innovative rotary e-shift dial in the cockpit to replace the
center console gate shifter ? a first for pickups. The new shifter works
in a multitude of seating configurations and will replace floor and
column shifters for use in the eight-speed transmission. Realizing this
is a dramatic change in the way trucks have historically shifted gears,
the interior design team accepted the challenge with a new shift knob,
naturally and prominently placed to the driver's right, at the lower
left-hand side of the center stack, in place of the previous transfer
case shift knob. The rotary dial enables intuitive blind-shift
transitions between "Drive" and "Reverse" with a direct and confident
feel. The transfer case retains full capability with push buttons
located directly under the e-shift dial.
New technology also moves to the gauge cluster. Previously only
available on premium models, the 3.5-inch vehicle information screen is
now standard on ST and SLT and displays vehicle operating functions. The
new thin film transistor (TFT), 7-inch screen is now available on SLT,
standard on Sport, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn models. The 7-inch
screen features fully customizable function and configurability. Similar
to the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen, select 7-inch cluster background
screens are tailor-made to specific Ram models, with designs that match
the truck's theme.
UCONNECT Introducing Uconnect Access: A Powerful New Platform That Provides Multiple Ways to Connect
The Uconnect Media Centers R3 and R4 provide the Ram 1500 with a
built-in cellular connection so vehicle occupants are automatically
connected to a variety of new services and the internet with WiFi
hotspot capability. The new Uconnect Media Centers provide a direct
connection to emergency services when the new 911 button found on the
rearview mirror is pushed. Ram 1500 customers also will automatically
receive regular vehicle health reports and be able to remotely lock or
unlock truck doors, start the vehicle, and flash lights from any
distance via the web or a smartphone application.
Ram truck owners will be able to access select, certified in-vehicle
applications. Driving-relevant applications will be introduced over time
and are designed specifically for in-vehicle use. The certified
applications are easily controlled with natural voice recognition or
steering wheel controls to keep drivers focused on the road. The
responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen includes the award-winning user
interface designed by Chrysler Group Human Machine Interface engineers,
featuring large icons and visual cues allowing consumers intuitive
control of system features.
Uconnect Media Centers Are Always Current Ram truck owners will be confident to know their truck is
designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the
latest features and services, without having to replace their factory
installed Uconnect systems. Applications are updatable over the air and
are downloaded directly to the Uconnect Media Center, so features remain
current. Ram truck owners will be able to continually evolve their
in-vehicle connectivity experience by downloading app updates or new
applications as they become available directly to the Uconnect Media
Center from inside the car, via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The Ram 1500's new Uconnect Access system features best-in-class
functionality, integrating new entertainment content and is the first
time Ram will offer HD Radio to its customers. Ram customers also will
have access to SiriusXM satellite radio, handsfree mobile phone
operation, handsfree navigation, handsfree texting with compatible
phones and handsfree control of music. Additionally, new connected
services and applications provide real-time access to information and
content that Ram 1500 customers want and need while on the road.
Uconnect is designed to provide drivers and passengers with relevant,
focused and contextual information that is not distracting and easy to
use, allowing drivers to remain focused on the road.
Also enhancing driver convenience, Uconnect features one-step voice
command of navigation, the ability to check real-time fuel prices and
listen and respond to text messages, combined with familiar knobs for
climate and comfort controls.
A Variety of Ways to Control Your Content Uconnect Access controls are placed on the steering wheel.
Customer research has shown a preference towards audio controls located
at the rear of the steering wheel and Ram was the first truck
manufacturer to integrate these rocker switches for ease of use. Audio
system controls, including next station, radio preset and previous
station or track, are located on the left. Volume up or down and change
audio source are located on the right. This means Ram truck drivers can
keep their hands on the wheel while they enjoy a variety of
entertainment content sources.
Media Console Offers a Variety of Options Neatly integrated within the upper storage tier of the center
console, a new multimedia input includes USB, SD card and auxiliary
connections. The USB allows control of iPod or other media device
through the large touchscreen displays and steering-wheel-mounted audio
controls. A more powerful 2.5 amp, USB port and 12-volt outlet also
provide mobile recharging for electronic devices. In addition, MP3 and
WMA audio files on a USB memory device may also be played and controlled
via the Uconnect system.
New 7-inch Vehicle Information Center Filling the gauge cluster in front of the driver is an
available 7-inch, color, premium vehicle information screen, featuring a
new customizable function that enables Ram 1500 customers to
personalize information inside the instrument cluster. Similar to the
premium Uconnect Systems, select 7-inch instrument cluster background
screens are branded with a Ram theme. Ram's new information display is
designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text,
quickly and easily.
The vehicle information display offers drivers a wide range of
customization options, from a basic digital speed read out to specific
vehicle status information. Operation of the display is clearly
communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions.
Using buttons on the steering wheel, drivers can customize the screen
with as much or as little information as they desire. The system is
intuitive and can be arranged for a variety of views. Up to three analog
vehicle status gauges can be added to the display. The main screens
found inside the instrument cluster menu are: digital speed, vehicle
information and fuel economy, trip A information, trip B information,
trailer-tow information, audio, stored messages and screen
customization. Additionally, the four corners of the display can be
customized to show information at a glance, including current fuel
economy, outside temperature, time and compass direction.
All-new Powernet Electrical Architecture As the Ram 1500 continues to offer more feature content, it
created the need for a technology that allows more information to be
electronically communicated within the truck. The new Powernet system,
used for the first time on a Ram 1500, allows both high- and low-speed
data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all
designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and
safety of driver and passengers. Within the Powernet high-speed network,
each module (e.g., electronic stability control) processes its
individual data and transmits the appropriate commands within the
vehicle to activate any additional systems (e.g. anti-lock brake system
and cruise control). Uconnect leverages Powernet to deliver fast
response time, and share critical information between the 8.4-inch
touchscreen and the vehicle information center. The Powernet
architecture also is the backbone that supports the Uconnect Access
services and applications, including the Ram 1500 vehicle health report
and remote services.
Sprint Provides Wireless Platform for Next Generation Uconnect Access Sprint is the strategic wireless partner for the next
generation Uconnect Access system. The integrated wireless technology
inside the Ram 1500 enhances the driving experience by offering new
connected services and applications. The services delivered through the
partnership will be easy to learn, easy to use and will offer a seamless
experience with the Ram owner's digital life. An increasing number of
features in the new Ram 1500 will rely on enhanced user interfaces
including voice capabilities and commands to help limit driving
distractions and keep the focus on the primary driving task.
SAFETY AND SECURITY On the safety and security front, the Ram 1500 offers more than
45 active and passive safety and security features, including standard
front airbags, front and rear side-curtain air bags and seat-mounted
side pelvic-thorax air bags with Enhanced Accident Response System, knee
bolsters, seat-belt pretensioners, BeltAlert® System; and available
adjustable pedals, ParkSense® rear park assist and ParkView® rear
back-up camera. The 2013 Ram 1500 also includes standard electronic
stability control (ESC), hosting a number of technologies including
all-speed traction control, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and
anti-lock brake system (ABS).
The new 2013 Ram 1500 now features available Keyless Enter 'n Go
technology, which allows the doors to be unlocked and the vehicle
ignition to be started without having to touch the key fob. Also new for
2013, remote central locking includes the RamBox® cargo management
system and tailgate power locks, creating a convenient solution for
locking down the truck with the push of a button. An available remote
start feature allows a driver to start their vehicle from up to 300 feet
away. Door controls, illuminated entry, engine immobilizer and panic
alert are standard features with the Keyless Enter 'n Go system. Auto
rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® also find their way into the feature
availability list, adding to a truckload of content offered in the new
2013 Ram 1500.
Additional New Features For 2013, Ram 1500 customers can enjoy the convenience of power
folding mirrors and a combination power and rear-sliding window with
defrost. Also available is a new six-foot-four-inch bed option on the
Crew Cab model, allowing for maximum passenger and bed hauling
Unsurpassed Powertrain Warranty ? 5 years/100,000 Miles The 2013 Ram 1500 is backed with a best-in-class 5-year /
100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The Powertrain Limited
Warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair a
covered powertrain component ? engine, transmission and drive system.
Coverage also includes free towing to the nearest Ram dealer, if
necessary. The warranty also is transferable allowing customers who sell
their truck during the warranty period, to pass the coverage onto the
The standard 3-year / 36,000-Mile Basic Limited Warranty provides
bumper-to-bumper coverage for the Ram 1500, from the body to the
QUALITY To ensure durability, the Ram development team is putting the
2013 Ram 1500 to the test ? actually thousands of checks and almost six
million customer equivalent testing miles ? to validate its performance
and reliability for the long haul.
The 2013 Ram 1500's quality is scrutinized at the company's Chrysler
Technology Center's state-of-the-art scientific labs in Auburn Hills,
Mich., including the Noise/Vibration/Harshness Lab, the Electromagnetic
Compatibility Facility, Wind Tunnel and the Road Test Simulator (RTS).
For example, the RTS recreates the abuse a truck endures at the hands of
a 95th percentile driver ? meaning someone who drives the vehicle in
more severe conditions than 95 percent of all customers. The RTS can put
a lifetime of wear and tear on a truck in about one month's time. The
Ram development team is committed to finding and fixing any issues
before the customer does.
MANUFACTURING The 2013 Ram 1500 is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant
(Warren, Mich.), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it
started operations in 1938. Regular Cab models of the 2013 Ram 1500 are
built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.