Texas auto writers name Chrysler’s Ram 1500 best in state

October 22, 2012
Texas auto writers name Chrysler’s Ram 1500 best in state
By BRYCE G. HOFFMAN / The Detroit News
Chrysler Group LLC’s new 2013 Ram 1500 has been named “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association, which also named Ram “Truck Line of Texas.”

The group, which is made up of automotive writers and reviewers from Texas, also gave its award for “Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas” to the Ram 1500 Laramie Edition.

Members of the association evaluated the Ram and competing models in the group’s annual “Texas Truck Rodeo.”

“Automotive reporters have reacted extremely favorably to the new 2013 Ram 1500, and our research tells us that resonates with truck buyers,” said Ram Truck President Fred Diaz. “Texas is Ram’s biggest market and we’ve worked relentlessly to build powerful trucks with best-in-class fuel economy and capability for our customers. The pickup market is fiercely competitive and we are proud the Texas Auto Writers have awarded Ram trucks with these coveted titles.”

More than 50 association members evaluated more than 60 pickups, SUVs and crossover vehicles in two days of testing.

“Our members overwhelmingly chose the 2013 Ram 1500 as the Truck of Texas and the truck for Texans. The new Ram 1500 is amazing,” said Michael Herzing, president of the association. “The new technologies in this truck are true game changers and raise the bar for the competition. You’ve got to love how tough, capable, comfortable and fuel efficient this new truck is, especially for Texans who frequently drive long distances. Until we drove it, we couldn’t believe a truck this nice and capable could achieve 25 miles to a gallon like the Ram does. It blew our members away.”

bhoffman@detnews.com

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