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There is a lot of rumor aka bad news circulating around the web, and here on our site, that the production schedule for the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel has been delayed and pushed back until May. According to Donlen.com the production of the RAM 1500 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine (EXF) isn't scheduled for production until 5/1/2014, but before throwing your hands up in disgust and cursing out the RAM division for yet another delay we can tell you this is incorrect. Was the Donlen report way off? Well, yes and no. There was a mix up and a huge misprint. What is happening is that RAM is also releasing the EcoDiesel in their Promaster Van's and that truck is scheduled for production in May not the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel.
Everyone breathe a sigh of relief. The 1500 ED's are sitting in Quality Containment right now and will be released in waves in early to mid March. Those of you who have put in your orders can still expect to receive them on time. There you have it folks. The rumor that caused a wave of anxiety was none other than a huge mistake. Ok really huge mistake--ok massive mistake. The RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is on schedule!
Chrysler Group dealers ordered more than 8,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 pickups in the first weekend. If that figure sounds pretty robust to you, well, you'd be right. That figure represents nearly half of the 1500's normal monthly production. Included in those orders were more than 400 diesel-powered half-ton pickups that had already been sold to customers. According to Bob Hegbloom, director of the RAM brand, that's about five times the normal percentage of sold orders for a typical prelaunch vehicle. Mr Hegbloom says:
This just helps to solidify in our minds that we did the right thing with this truck. Our anticipation is that there's going to be some ongoing demand for this powertrain
We could not agree more with that statement Bob.
The percentage of initial diesel orders by dealers is about double or triple what brand executives had anticipated, and while demand is likely to taper off as dealers receive unsold inventory,pre-sold orders will be given production priority to keep customer wait times down. I just heard a giant sigh of relief from those who have got their orders in. If Ram brand head Reid Bigland is right with his estimates the EcoDiesel 1500 will be a huge hit for the manufacturer. Reid estimates that diesel versions will account for as many as 30 percent of RAM 1500 sales, and we here at RAM1500Diesel.com headquarters would certainly love to see them meet or exceed those numbers.
Here's a cool little something for anyone heading out to the Dallas/Fort Worth Auto Show. Scheduled to begin tomorrow at the Dallas/Fort Worth Auto Show, visitors will be allowed to test the latest RAM pickup trucks using Chrysler’s indoor test track. There is no official word if the EcoDiesel will be one of the trucks available for a test drive, but we are hearing that one will be at the ready for those wanting to take it for a test drive. Additionally, the manufacturer is also offering attendees the chance to test-drive a variety of their vehicles just outside the Auto Show.
If you made a stop at the show, be sure to drop us a line if you were able to take the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel for a test spin. We'd love to hear your comments/thoughts.
Sales of the Ram pickup truck – Motor Trend Truck of the Year in 2014 and 2013 – were up 22 percent in January, its 45th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and its best January sales since 2004. Sales of the Ram Heavy Duty pickups were up 35 percent, while Ram Light Duty sales increased 17 percent in January.
Ram Truck brand sales were up 24 percent in January compared with the same month a year ago. After a brief, one-year hiatus, the Ram 1500 Mossy Oak® Edition is returning to the truck brand’s model lineup in early 2014. Updated for 2014, the Mossy Oak Edition will be available for the first time with the RamBox Cargo Management System, in both 6-ft.-4-in. and 5-ft.-7-in. bed lengths. The Mossy Oak Edition is designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about the great outdoors.
The 2014 Ram 1500 added Autobytel.com’s “Pickup Truck of the Year” to its growing list of awards and accolades. Autobytel.com praised the 1500’s new EcoDiesel V-6 engine, new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard rear coil suspension.