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Exclusive: Ram thinks EcoDiesel will lure small-pickup buyers into fullsize 1500

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

One of the more curious developments at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week was the return of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. General Motors ended production of the Colorado and its cousin, the GMC Canyon, early last year. At the time, the decision seemed to be the final curtain for small and midsize domestic pickups, as it followed Ford’s decision to kill the Ranger and Chrysler’s decision to end production of the Dodge Dakota.

Bigland argues the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is essentially competing for the same buyers as the Colorado.

Does Chevy’s revival of the Colorado mean a new dawn for the segment overall? Yes and no. The Colorado’s reinvention essentially provides a peek at how automakers tackle the same problem in two different ways. GM’s approach is to create a new midsize pickup. Chrysler’s approach, on the other hand, would seem to focus more on the prospective buyer than the product itself.

Reid Bigland, head of Ram Truck for Chrysler, argues the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, scheduled to arrive in showrooms in March 2014, is essentially competing for the same buyers as the Colorado.

At first glance, there’s not a lot in common. The fullsize Ram 1500′s 3.0-liter V6 engine produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and can tow 9,200 pounds. The midsize Colorado has a standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and can tow 6,700 pounds. The common denominator, Bigland tells Autoblog, is that prospective buyers of both emphasize fuel economy.

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Ram thinks EcoDiesel will lure small-pickup buyers into fullsize 1500 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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November 21st, 2013

Study: Lack of new midsize pickup models driving strong resale values for older models

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2012 Nissan Frontier

According to a new study by Black Book, the fact that there are fewer mid-sized pickup truck options on the market is driving up the retail cost of used models. During the month of June, used vehicles from model years 2007-2011 depreciated an average of 1.3 percent across the board, but midsize pickups of the same year saw their value decrease by just 0.7 percent on average. Look across the past year, and the market as a whole saw those cars depreciate by 13.7 percent while midsize pickups saw their value decline by a mere 5.1 percent.

Ricky Beggs, senior vice president and Managing Editor with Black Book, says midsize pickups are holding their value better than other products on the market due to the fact that there are so few brand-new options available. Currently, only Chevrolet, Nissan and Toyota offer midsize pickup trucks. Honda has a player in the game in the form of the Ridgeline, which is a sort of cross between a traditional pickup and a crossover, and the discontinued Ford Ranger falls into a smaller size class that no longer exists in the US.

What’s all this mean to you? If you happen to have a set of keys to midsize pickup in your pocket, you’ve made a good investment. Don’t expect to see the machine depreciate as quickly as other vehicles on the road. Conversely, if you’re in the market, expect to pay a bit more than you might have expected for a non-fullsize pickup truck. Scroll down for the press release from Black Book.

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Lack of new midsize pickup models driving strong resale values for older models originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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June 27th, 2013

Report: Marchionne: "Better than 50% chance" next Ram Dakota going unibody, diesel Durango coming

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2011 Ram Dakota

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has big plans for the Ram Dakota. Inside Line spoke with Marchionne at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, and the besweatered executive said there is a good chance the next-generation Dakota will likely ride on a unibody chassis. That would mark a serious departure from the vehicle’s past, as well as the rest of the models in the compact pickup segment (save the at-the-margins Honda Ridgeline), but ditching the frame could give the vehicle a fuel-efficiency edge. If that wasn’t a large enough bombshell for you, Marchionne also made mention of the kind of powertrain we can expect to see from the new Dakota.

According to the executive, it only makes sense for the next-generation Ram Dakota to come equipped with a diesel engine. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee set to receive an oil-burning powerplant of its own, spreading the cost of engine development across multiple models only makes sense. We like the sound of a small, lightweight, diesel-powered pickup.

Meanwhile, Ward’s Auto reports the Dodge Durango may receive a diesel engine of its own. Marchionne reportedly stressed that Fiat knows diesel technology, and that since the Grand Cherokee is being engineered for a diesel engine in European markets, it wouldn’t seem to be that much of a stretch to translate the work into the Durango.

Marchionne: “Better than 50% chance” next Ram Dakota going unibody, diesel Durango coming originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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January 12th, 2012

Autoblog Podcast #244

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Toyota-Ford tie-up, Mazda RX-8 and Dakota cancelled, VW Up!, Cadillac ELR

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Episode #244 of the Autoblog Podcast is here. This week, Chris and Dan are joined by Zach Bowman, fresh off vacation. Topics we cover include the Ford and Toyota partnership to develop hybrid truck powertrain, the cancellation of both the Mazda RX-8 and the Ram Dakota, Volkswagen’s reveal of the Up! production fuel-sipper and the production confirmation of the Cadillac ELR. Your questions and comments power the last third of the podcast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. We’ve embedded our Q&A module after the jump for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

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2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude
2011 Chrysler Town & Country


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Autoblog Podcast #244 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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August 23rd, 2011

Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #244 LIVE

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We record Episode #244 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop Chris, Dan and Zach your questions via our Q&A module below. Check out our discussion topics or chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening, too. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already done so, and if you want to take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #244 LIVE originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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August 22nd, 2011

Report: Chrysler to end Ram Dakota production on Tuesday

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Chrysler is officially killing the 2011 Ram Dakota this week, which the UAW fears may lead to nearly 150 hourly positions getting the chop. The move has already spelled the end for 39 temporary positions at Chrysler’s Warren Truck Plant.

Chrysler brass say they still haven’t figured out who’s getting cut, but if says if there are layoffs, the workers would likely be reassigned to another operation.

According to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Dakota will likely be replaced with a “lifestyle vehicle.” Chrysler sold a scant 13,000 Dakotas last year. By contrast, Dodge moved 177,000 of the midsize pickups in 2000.

Chrysler to end Ram Dakota production on Tuesday originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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August 21st, 2011
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