2013 Ram uncovered: no camo

Glenn Paulina wrote:

After a three hour vigil, we managed to catch one of the recently-shot 2013 Dodge Ram prototypes without its frontal camouflage, fully revealing the revamped truck’s new grille and front bumper design. The grille has been reshaped, with angled corners at the top and bottom. The grille’s texture has also been completely reworked, with a bevy of horizontal slats replacing the honeycomb mesh around the familiar crosshair grille bars.

2013 Ram 1500 spy shot

The front bumper is also restyled, with two new air-intakes , and recessed spots that are set wide, which may house fog lamps when the truck is in its finished form. The headlights on this prototype are identical to the current Ram, but we think there may very well be redesigned headlights in the cards for the facelifted model. The headlights in use here do not fit the new body work, especially where the lights should meet the top of the front bumper. The bottom of the headlights are perfectly horizontal, while the bumper is angled downward toward the center, leaving an ill-fitting gap that suggests that new, reshaped lights will also be part of the new Ram’s look.

When the truck photographed here removed his camouflage for one final, hot-weather run up the mountain, the two other Ram prototypes on the scene kept their camo in place. A closer look at the headlights behind that camouflage seems to suggest that they have different internals and lighting elements from the headlights on the uncovered truck. That may be why those two trucks still kept their disguise in place.

Note: [This photo] is a Photoshopped composite which is supplied to provide an accurate, “side-by-side” comparison between the 2011 and 2013 models.

Brenda Priddy also caught the 2013 Ram 1500, apparently the same vehicle, but with the hood open and a clear shot of the Pentastar V6 underneath it.

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German newspaper Bild am Sonntag claimed back in May that the German transport department, KBA, had discovered FCA was shutting off their diesel emissions controls after 22 minutes. That accusation was reportedly widely in worldwide media, but was never confirmed.

FCA’s chief technical officer, Harald Wester repeatedly denied the  “22 minute” charge in statements to the EU Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS):

Contrary to allegations,

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Warren has been bronzed


The Warren truck plant has been awarded bronze status in World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the 20th North American facility to reach that milestone. Ironically, the plant is to be repurposed as mainstream Ram production moves to Sterling Heights, a short drive down the street.

The 78-year-old plant in the suburbs of Detroit, near the GM technical center, has long been devoted to making trucks. WCM was first used by Fiat in 2006,

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Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

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Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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