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Ram 1500 is a finalist for Truck of the Year

by Bill Cawthon on


The Ram 1500 pickup is one of three finalists for North American Truck of the Year honors. The Ram is up against the Ford C-Max and Mazda CX-5.

The announcement came today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The finalists were selected from a field of nine light trucks (pickups, SUVs and crossovers by a panel of 49 professional automotive journalists.

The winner will be announced on January 14 before the North American International Auto Show press days.

The Dodge Dart was among those considered for the North American Car of the Year award but didn’t make the final cut. The Cadillac ATS, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord are the finalists in that category.

The 2013 Ram is also Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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