2013 Ram: Hemi 8-speed, more

2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks

The 2013 Ram has been unveiled, and it has a surprising number of changes under the hood (and body). In addition to the expected interior change and mild exterior refresh, which mainly features new grilles and a revised step bar, the 2013 Ram 1500 will come with the ZF eight-speed automatic in both V6 and V8 varieties.

The 2013 Ram with V6 will have a Pentastar engine pumping out 305 horsepower — as it does in the Challenger — to an eight-speed transmission with a wide gear range. This transmission is dubbed the “TorqueFlite 8,” in memory of the advanced, sturdy, and reliable three-speed automatic developed by Chrysler decades ago.

The Hemi V8 will, starting in the first quarter of 2013, also be available with the eight-speed, making do with the current 65RFE until then. The V8 trucks will use a beefed-up transmission dubbed the 8HP70, with 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque capacity. Gas mileage for both powertrains is reportedly up by 20% (with eight-speed), though the transmission is only part of the equation: the trucks are also getting a stop-start system, active shutters to cut aero drag, and weight reduction.

The trucks have a stronger, lighter frame with new connecting points, and the next-generation UConnect system, which can run user-installed applications and have a new, OnStar-like “call 911” button.

For the full story, including engine power and other specifications, see our 2013 Ram 1500 page.

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FCA inventory under control


FCA has gotten inventory levels under control in the US, according to Automotive News.  The company has 73 days of stock, versus GM’s 79 days and Ford’s 80 days. It’s above any major import’s inventory, but the wide range of pickups tends to swell American lots.

As the car market drops, dealers have 19,900 Chrysler 200s and 16,500 Darts on their lots;

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer. Once the size is corrected for,

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Where are Wranglers sold?

2015 Jeep Wrangler Altitude

The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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Which Rams and Jeeps will we see?

The last few days have brought numerous photos to the fore; but which will we see?

The big truck-based Wagoneer, so far as it’s based on the photos above, seems least likely, at least in that form. Looking at it after the two images were set to the same scale, you can see that the “new Jeep” is likely closely based on the Grand Cherokee, which is in line with past company statements.

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The Renegade-influenced Wrangler

Reddit member “arcsreddit” recently shared this photo of a Renegade-fronted Jeep Wrangler was photographed, in part-size clay-model form (which looks incredibly real).  While it’s hard to criticize on its appearance, it could send the wrong message — that the Wrangler has been “Renegaded” and lost capability.

Sources have told us that the next Wrangler will be as capable as the current one, if not more so;

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee
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