Tired of your F-150 or Silverado and looking for something different? Pickup truck loyalty is the strongest in the auto sector, but that doesn’t stop Fiat-Chrysler’s Ram division from trying to woo…

2014 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Road Test Review

If you haven't seen or heard the ads for Ram's 1500 pickup truck you must be a media hermit. No matter where I turn I'm reminded that the new Ram 1500 delivers "the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup, ever!" This claim is for the new EcoDiesel model mind you, a vehicle we'll cover in another review shortly. The Ram 1500 that's being reviewed here is a nicely featured 1500 Outdoorsman 4x4 model with the surprisingly potent and also thrifty 3.6-litre Pentastar V6.

Right off the top the Ram 1500's base engine is a charmer, with a nice easy-revving feel and better refinement than any of its rivals' entry-level V6s. What's more, at 305 horsepower Ram's V6 puts out almost as much force as one competitor's base V8 and all comparative V6s, while its 269 lb-ft of torque is not quite as ballsy as the competition but it should be ample for light-duty work and play. The real dealmaker is the transmission that comes mated to this engine, an ultra-smooth, super-efficient TorqueFlite Read Full Story
Perhaps no North American automotive category reflects the European influence so clearly these days as the commercial van   segment. It was the former DaimlerChrysler group that really started the…

New compact Ram ProMaster City van on the way for 2015

Perhaps no North American automotive category reflects the European influence so clearly these days as the commercial van segment. It was the former DaimlerChrysler group that really started the trend when it brought over its big Sprinter van from Europe. The Sprinter helped break up the old hierarchy that saw traditional full-size vans dominating the marketplace, with cube vans and commercialized passenger minivans filling in the larger and smaller niches.

Being much more versatile than a cube van, the Sprinter sold well enough to scavenge sales from the slightly smaller full-size vans and prompt manufacturers such as Nissan to bring over their own European-style full size vans. The combination of falling sales for traditional full-size vans and increasingly strict CAFE fuel-economy standards prompted General Motors to drop its 1500-series Express and Savana vans for 2015 and introduce the Chevrolet City Express to fill the need for a small, fuel-efficient yet capable work van. Read Full Story
When it comes to box access, Chrysler’s Ram brand is no stranger to innovation. The marque’s Ram Box already makes use of   the oddly shaped spaces around the wheel wells in the truck…

Multifunctional split tailgate in the cards for next Ram 1500?

When it comes to box access, Chrysler's Ram brand is no stranger to innovation. The marque's Ram Box already makes use of the oddly shaped spaces around the wheel wells in the truck bed to provide lockable, weatherproof storage.

Now Chrysler has filed patents for an innovative "Multi-functional" split tailgate that can provide easier loading access to the truck's box in a variety of situations. Each half of the spilt tailgate can be individually opened either downward like a typical truck tailgate, or outward like a barn door.

The innovative tailgate design could prove handy for owners who need to stand at the back of the truck and reach into the box (since the tailgate would swing out of the way), or carry long loads on one side while leaving the other side up to restrain additional cargo.

The Multifunctional Tailgate, according to the patent application, uses individual tailgate halves that are "coupled to the respective frames to selectively pivot around a Read Full Story
In a move that will create the world’s seventh-largest car company once it’s signed off, Fiat announced that it has purchased Fiat now owns 100 percent of Chrysler. (Photo: Fiat) the remaining…

Fiat now owns 100 percent of Chrysler

In a move that will create the world's seventh-largest car company once it's signed off, Fiat announced that it has purchased the remaining 41 percent of Chrysler shares that it did not already own.

The agreement, worth about $4.3 billion total, comes after a long series of negotiations with Veba, the UAW-affiliated healthcare trust that currently owns the remaining Chrysler shares. The UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) represents 390,000 active workers and 600,000 retired workers in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, with Veba looking after the benefits of 117,000 retired Chrysler workers and their dependents.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne called the deal "one of those defining moments that will go down in history books" and said he plans to widen the company's global reach. Robert Naftaly, the chair of the committee that governs Veba said, "This agreement is in the best interests of the trust's UAW Chrysler retiree members and Read Full Story