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FCA: biggest winner at Texas Truck Rodeo

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA may not have won the top prizes at the Texas Auto Writers’ Texas Truck Rodeo but it came away with the most trophies.

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Out of 23 categories including crossovers, SUVs and pickups, FCA won seven. The next-highest total was Nissan, with six.

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon the most-honored FCA entry haul with wins for Offroad Pickup of Texas as well as qualitative analysis awards for Best Exterior, Best Performance, and Highest Personal Appeal. The Ram 1500 Longhorn was named Best Luxury Pickup.

In addition, the Ram 1500 Rebel was the most-often-driven vehicle of the 71 trucks and SUVs entered.

Jeeps took top honors in four categories. The Renegade Trailhawk repeated as the top Compact Crossover; the Cherokee was named Compact SUV of the Year for the fourth time; the Grand Cherokee collected its seventh consecutive trophy as it was voted Best Mid-Size SUV; and the Wrangler proved once again it has no equal, also picking up its seventh consecutive award as Best Offroad Utility.

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FCA’s Uconnect was voted as the best connectivity system.

FCA vehicles were also runners-up in three categories. The Dodge Durango Citadel lost to the Nissan Armada as the top full-size SUV; the Grand Cherokee was beaten by the new Jaguar F-Pace in the luxury SUV race; and Ram came in second for Truck Line of Texas.

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 just-auto.com, 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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