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BryceCanyon
BryceCanyon

Ram isn't really "blazing it's own unique trail" at all. In fact their the biggest bandwagoner of the bunch. Auto-reviewers always think Chrysler is so independent and unique, and that they're cash-strapped and the little guy. But in fact Chrysler/Fiat is one of the top five largest auto manufacturers in the world. And with Fiat handling all of Chrysler's European endeavors, Chrysler has more money to spend in North American than anyone else. That's why Chrysler has 4 brands just like General Motors, and Ford has 2.

BryceCanyon
BryceCanyon

Air bag suspension was first featured on Ford F-Series chassis cabs. The First American manufacturer to use grille shutters was Ford on the Focus. The "Ram Box" was actually a copy of the Chevrolet Avalanche bed storage.Ram was dead last in the game of several different trim levels and packages. Ford first offered the Lariat, then Dodge came out after with the Laramie. Ford pioneered a western themed truck, the first luxury full-sized truck, the King Ranch. Then Ram of course copied with the Longhorn. Ford used several special trim levels such as the Platinum, Harley Davidson, Raptor, and Limited long before ram.

BryceCanyon
BryceCanyon

For the current (4th gen) Ram, they have a grille tapered-forward; pioneered by Ford in the 70's. They copied Fords fender molding which hugs the wheel arches and stretches along the bottom of the door. Even used the same tan color as Ford. Also in the 4th gen Ram HD they used a very similar hood to the first generation (1998-2008) super duties which bulges up in the front. Prior the Ram hood slanted straight down to the grille For the 2013 refresh they altered the grille to be hexagonal, which was also created by Ford on their 1998 Super Duties, and Ram tapered the grille in at the end of the bar like the Ford F-Series.

BryceCanyon
BryceCanyon

A diesel in a half ton was first ton by GM, and first proposed recently by Ford with the 4.5L Power Stroke. Ford started using a fuel efficient V-6 engine, and a the EcoBoost so ram brought in their 3.6L pentastar, and now their EcoDiesel. (ECOboost ECOdiesel) Ram even used a green logo with a leaf just like the Ecoboost logo.... Yeah really plowing their own trail there.

BryceCanyon
BryceCanyon

Uhh Allyson Harwood your facts are totally off. Ram is the biggest bandwagoner of the bunch. There actually hasn't been any towing changes from Ford or GM half-tons in years prior to the new Silverado/Sierra, before that Ram was actually the first to change their tow ratings from 9100 to ovr 10,000 with no changes to the truck. In the Heavy Duty class Ram is BY FAR the most active in "chasing each other for towing supremacy and the best numbers on paper". Ram has updated their towing capacity 4 times in just two years. First they changed the GCWR from 24,500 to 25,400, and then a month later magically to 30,000. And a year later to 33,000 and a month after that to 37,600. All this while the Ford ratings have been relatively the same.

snakyjake
snakyjake

I'd like to know more about coil versus leaf springs for the rear suspension?I'd like to know more about about the diesel advantages to the modern turbocharged, direct injected petrol engines in regards to towing, fuel economy, durability, cooling, and hauling over mountains. I need something to pull a trailer, not just a few miles, but for longer hauls.

Durastrokinns
Durastrokinns

Unless you were solely referring to Ram/Dodge trucks, GM had a diesel in half ton with the 6.5L in the 90's, far less than 25 years ago.

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