Another One Bites The Dust: Production Of The Ram/Dodge Dakota Ends
The Ram (formerly Dodge) Dakota has officially gone out of production.
The Ram (formerly Dodge) Dakota has officially gone out of production. After a 25 year-long production run (and a bit of neglect in recent years), the original midsize truck is officially no more.
Chrysler's Warren Michigan Truck Assembly Plant produced the 2,751,226th and final Dakota on August 23. The Dakota, which was a Dodge up until the creation of the Ram brand a few years ago, has a pretty interesting history. Dodge sold many different versions of the Dakota to appeal to just about every niche. For example there was the Dakota Sport Convertible, which like the Chevrolet SSR that came years later, was a convertible pickup truck. The key difference between the Dakota Sport Convertible and the SSR though, was that the Dakota still had usable bed. Dodge also produced go-fast versions of the Dakota throughout the years, including a special Shelby V8 Dakota, and later, a Dakota R/T with a 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 squeezed under the hood.
While there's no word yet on what exactly will replace the Dakota as Ram's entry level pickup, the long held rumor is that a smaller version of the Ram 1500, dubbed the Ram 1000 or 100,may make its way onto the marketplace within a few years. Until then, farewell Dakota - it's been real.