Saturday, April 26, 2014

Canadian Truck King Challenge


Written by Howard Elmer
2014 is going to be a big year for Ram; the work they have been doing for at least the past five years is all coming together now.  Their technology, design work and will to take chances are crystallizing in a truck – a unique pickup truck – an event that comes along maybe once in a decade.  That’s this year’s winner.
The overall points winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge is the 2014 Ram 1500 powered by the 3.0L EcoDiesel with 8-speed transmission.  This is a revolutionary setup – one that is going to copied very quickly – but past this; it deserves credit right now. It takes guts to be the first and this small diesel from Ram works very, very well.
In our under 45K category the 2014 Ram 1500 powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with the 8-speed transmission took first. It speaks to the other holy grail of truck ownership – power, capability with decent fuel economy.  There was a time when this was simply impossible, remember?  Not anymore. In large part this is due to the 8-speed gearbox – again a revolutionary step forward. In the HD category it was the 2500-series Ram equipped with the 6.7L Cummins diesel that won out.  This year the whole chassis was upgraded and strengthen and the engine tuned up. It also now uses the DEF fluid for clean combustion.  A hat-trick for Ram.

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