Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Ram takes triple crown at Truck King Challenge
It was a clean sweep for the Ram brand at this year's Canadian Truck King Challenge.
Five judges named the 2014 Ram 1500, equipped with the 3.0-litre EcoDiesel, the 2014 Canadian Truck King. The pickup also came in first in the over-$45,000 class, while the 3.7L V6 version won the under-$45,000 category. The Ram 2500 diesel truck finished off the sweep for Chrysler by coming out on top in the heavy-duty class.
The winning 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
This year's battle of the trucks put 16 full-sized pickups to the challenge, with more than 4,000 km of on-road testing over four days. Trucks were tested for towing capability, fuel consumption with and without payload and while towing, as well as on-road and off-road performance.
"The sweep of the 2014 awards by Ram shows just how hard this group has been working," said event founder and automotive writer Howard Elmer.
"While many scores this year were very, very close, Ram did edge out its competition in all three categories with quality, styling and innovative powertrain choices -- like the new 3L EcoDiesel and the eight-speed transmission."
It's the sixth year for the Challenge, which was founded by Elmer in 2006. The competition skipped a year in 2008 as a result of the automobile industry crisis.
-- Postmedia Network Inc. 2013
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 1, 2013 F7
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