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Ram is 2009 International Truck of the Year

Posted Monday, Jan 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm in Company News

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram has earned the 2009 International Truck of the Year, awarded by International Car of the Year (ICOTY) jurors.

The Dodge Ram beat the new 2009 Ford F-150 and Subaru Forester for top honors.
The ICOTY board consists of nationally renowned automotive editors and journalists from a variety of respected publications and broadcast outlets. The award was announced Saturday before the official opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram continues to haul in awards,” Scott Kunselman, Vice President—Jeep®/Truck Product Team, said. “We’re glad third-party organizations, including ICOTY, recognize Dodge Ram’s game-changing innovations, functionality, safety and value.”

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram includes the first-in-segment RamBox™ cargo management system that includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated, drainable storage bins, pickup bed dividers, a two-foot bed extender, and a cargo rail system with sliding adjustable cleats. The 2009 Ram also includes the first-in-segment coil-spring, five-link rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle providing ride and handling not found on any other pickup truck. A new 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with fuel-saving MDS technology provides more horsepower (390 hp) and torque (407 lb.-ft.) and its best-in-class aerodynamics—.387 Cd – helps improve fuel economy and performance.

In addition, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram includes first-in-segment, factory-installed four-inch dual exhaust styled dramatically into the rear bumper, first-in-segment store-in-the-floor storage bins with nearly twice as many bins (42) than the previous model (26) and 35 safety and security technologies. Standard features include side-curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which includes all-speed traction control, trailer sway control, hill start assist and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Significantly upgraded interiors with segment-first surround-sound audio system and live Sirius Backseat TV round out the interior.

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab recently earned five-star ratings for driver and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest ratings in the U.S. government’s safety crash test program.

In addition to winning the 2009 International Truck of the Year award, the all-new Dodge Ram has picked up several key awards since its introduction:

Truckin’ magazine’s Truck of the Year
Texas Auto Writer’s Association’s 2009 Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas’s Inside Line Editors Most Wanted 2009’s 2009 MyRide/Autobytel Editor’s Choice Awards-Truck of the Year
Maxim magazine’s Achievement in Party-Enabling Technology (RamBox)
Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines of 2009 (2009 Dodge Ram 5.7 HEMI engine)
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Best New Pickup
Sobre Ruedas’s Best Pickup Truck for ‘08

The ICOTY awards were founded in 1996. Coined the “Academy Awards of Cars,” ICOTY has become the largest auto awards show production in the United States.
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