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Ram 1500, Chrysler 200: Car, Truck of the Year

by Bill Cawthon on

Today, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press association named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and the Chrysler 200 as “Truck of the Year” and “Car of the Year.” The group consists of automotive journalists from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.


The Ram beat the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Canyon, the other finalists in the truck competition. The Chrysler 200 bested the Audi A3/S3 and the Hyundai Genesis.

This is the ninth year for the Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards. To be eligible, a vehicle must be new or significantly revised for the current model year and available for RMAP members to test.

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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