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Ram Heavy Duty Bulks Up

Ram's new pickup truck features upgrades that improve towing.

by on Sep.27, 2012

Ram made several improvements to its Heavy Duty line to improve towing.

Chrysler Group used the Texas State Fair to unveil the new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty line with its all-new interior, next-generation Uconnect Access, new frames and new suspension.

“To answer the needs and wants of our customers, Ram Truck has taken a big step forward in capability while improving cost of ownership and efficiency,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group.

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“The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty allows you to push and pull more than any competitor, and the truck looks great doing it with new exterior design cues and an all-new interior featuring our latest technology,” Diaz said. The truck, which will be assembled in Mexico, will go on sales early next year.


First drive: GMC Sierra 3500

Great steering is the Sierra's calling card.

by on Oct.22, 2010

The 2011 GMC Sierra can be equipped to tow up to 21,700 pounds with a fifth wheel.

Nobody’s ever going to mistake one of these big rigs for a sports car, but it would be nice if changing lanes in one didn’t make you have visions of driving a semi truck.

People who buy heavy-duty trucks like this GMC Sierra Heavy Duty don’t have any expectations about taking on Mazda Miatas on a race track. But they might appreciate communicative steering that allows for easy handling when the worksite is down a twisty road or when it’s time to quickly change lanes on the freeway.

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There’s no getting around the fact that a 7,387-pound 259-inch-long truck is ponderous. Make it a “dualie” – double rear wheels – and it gets even more difficult. Parking it is always a chore, usually requiring a three-point turn.

But everything is relative. Relative to Ford, the other major player at the top of the heavy duty heap, GM’s trucks seems somewhat easier to maneuver.