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Ram 1500 named 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the YearThursday, January 17, 2013

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

With the press days of the North American International Auto Show coming to a close, car enthusiasts got a chance to see some never before seen vehicles, as well as hear about some of the latest awards being issued to car manufacturers.

In one of the most recent announcements, the coveted title of the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year has been given to the 2013 Ram 1500. by a panel of automotive experts at the North American Auto Show, making the truck a top choice for those looking for new cars.

"For the Ram Truck Brand, this ranks as one of the proudest days in our history," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group . "Every truck-maker aspires to win the North American Truck/Utility of the Year. I tip my hat to the folks who worked behind the scenes to make the 2013 Ram 1500 a technological triumph."

Diaz added that in none of the other trucks will you see a combination of best in class fuel economy in the Pentastar and Hemi engine options. He also said that along with the Uconnect Access and 12 fuel-saving technologies, the Ram 1500 has raised the bar as what it means to be a full-size pickup truck.

The 1500 also includes eight-speed automatic transmission, thermal management system,stop-start system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, along with grille shutters and active air suspension. The truckis a steal starting at $23,585, including a $995 destination fee.Ram won the North American Truck of the Year award one other time in the accolade's 20 year history.

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Other Ram 1500 awards

It does not come as a shock the the North American International Auto Show named the Ram 1500 as the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year as it had alsorecently been named the Truck of the Year title by Motor Trend, The Detroit Free Press, AOL Autos and Four Wheeler Magazine.

"The quality of new trucks has never been higher and our job of separating the wheat from the chaff has never been more difficult," said David Kiley - chief automotive editor, AOL Autos. "Within our judging system the 2013 Ram 1500 was hands down our leading choice and winner of the AOL Autos Truck/SUV of the Year."