Posted Thursday, August 11, 2022
RAM is an American brand specializing in pickup trucks that have gained acceptance back in the 80s. The first RAM models were produced by the Dodge company. The separation took place only in 2011. It was decided to split the brand into a subsidiary to attract the attention of the target audience. Together with independence, the RAM car brand received a logo from Dodge.
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The Dodge company has existed since 1900, producing military and civil vehicles, sports coupes, and SUVs. By the early 1980s, there were more pickups on America’s roads. Then the Dodge company decided to release the line of cars on the basis of low-tonnage trucks (up to 4 tons). The new pickups received a name, which would later be called the Ram brand. They were equipped with a passive safety system. Carrying capacity varied depending on the model – 0.5 t to 1 t (for Power Ram and Dodge Ram).
In 1981, Dodge presented the first RAM pickups. The model range differed in terms of carrying capacity – 150, 250, 350 – which increased with the new generation. The cars had the same design as the Dodge D pickups. The first line received large taillights with rounded corners, as well as a new body shape. In the late 80s, cars were equipped with a fuel injection system. This increased their power. Fuel consumption was reduced by an automatic transmission with overdrive. The new model was named the A500 and was supplied with V6 and V8 engines.
Research and development for the RAM trucks continued until 1992. Dodge redesigned its pickup lineup in 1994. The second generation offered the same engine options as the first, plus a Cummins turbo diesel. The latest version of the lineup included a new 8-liter V10 engine. Storage options have been rethought. The cabin was equipped with a spacious glove compartment and an armrest between the front seats. The space behind the seats has increased.
By the end of the 90s, the company updated the passive safety system and the digital odometer displaying the mileage. Rounded mirrors have replaced square rear-view mirrors. Dodge’s sports models had updated front end, a clear glass instead of fluted headlights, the redesigned bumper, and the grille painted in body color.
The third generation saw the light of day with a range of improvements. This line of cars had an updated chassis, gearbox, suspension, design. Sheet metal was used for the body. They decided to replace the drive axle. Instead of it, the RAM pickups received a front independent suspension in the 1500 model. Models 2500 and 3500 remain unchanged.
The fourth-generation RAM trucks were introduced in 2008. Several new models appeared – 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500.
Competitors have abandoned the use of a manual transmission. Models of Chevrolet Silverado trucks and Ford Super Duty pickups, produced after 2006, operate only on the automatic transmission. Ram cars, on the other hand, have an exclusive manual transmission.
In the Ram 1500, a four-door Crew Cab replaced the Mega Cab. The rear seats now can be folded back. Legroom remained the same, so any seats accommodate the passengers with the same comfort. Only the Ram 2500 and 3500 models retained the Mega Cab.
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