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2014-2019 Ram 1500 diesel pick-up recalled due to fire hazard

American Special Vehicles (ASV) – the company responsible for converting US pick-up specialist Ram’s cars to right-hand drive for the Australian market – has issued a recall of 438 examples of its 2014-2019 model-year 1500 diesel pick-up due to a defective part that may increase risk of fire...

The $150,000 instant asset tax write-off: everything you need to know

The $150,000 instant asset write-off tax incentive introduced by the Federal Government in the lead-up to the coronavirus lockdowns has caused widespread confusion in the car industry about how it applies to motor vehicles. A special investigation by CarAdvice has found most major car companies are reluctant to offer any guidance about which vehicles might be eligible under the scheme scheduled to run from 12 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, the close of this financial year...

US Ram pick-ups outsell stablemate Jeep in March

Ram Truck pick-ups imported from the US and remanufactured to right-hand-drive have outsold stablemate Jeep in Australia for the first time. Official new-car sales figures for March 2020 show Ram Trucks reported 262 vehicles as sold – the majority of them the Ram 1500 Express and Ram 1500 Laramie – while Jeep’s monthly tally across all models was 258...

NSW Police Marine Search And Rescue takes delivery of Ram 1500 Crew Cab

The NSW Police Marine Search and Rescue Command has taken delivery of a new Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab to tow its fleet of Sea-Doo jet skis and large inflatable boats for safety patrols and recovery missions across the state. The new model joins the larger Ram 2500 that has been used by NSW water police over the past two years...

Ram 1500 Express Crew launches at $89,950

Ram has emerged as one of the Australian manufacturing industry's recent success stories, and has built on this momentum by expanding its range of full-sized American pickups. That addition, announced today, is the 1500 Express Crew V8 Hemi priced at $89,950 plus on-road costs. It sits between the cheaper 1500 Express Quad and the volume-selling, pricier 1500 Laramie...

Ram produces 5000th right-hand drive vehicle in Australia

The Ram pick-up from the USA has passed a major milestone in Australia, with the 5000th example converted to right-hand drive locally in less than four years. Demand for the Ram 1500 – and its bigger Ram 2500 and 3500 siblings – is so strong the Melbourne facility that remanufactures the trucks to right-hand drive has been operating 24 hours a day since the 1500th example was made in middle of 2019 (pictured below)...

2019 Ram 1500, 2500 recalled

American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for the 2019 model-year Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup lines over concerns of brake failure. The local conversion firm says "on some MY19 RAM 1500 and 2500 vehicles the master cylinder pushrod clip is not secured correctly"...

2004-09 Dodge Ram added to Takata recall

Queensland's Maracoonda Automotive has issued a recall for converted Dodge Ram utes sold between 2004 and 2010 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. As with all Takata notices, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause airbag inflator propellant to degrade over time...

Ram 1500: Older 'Classic' in line for an update

Ram could update its long-serving DS 1500 to extend its life as a cheaper, simpler foil to the high-tech fifth-generation currently on sale in the USA. Speaking at Fiat Chrysler's earnings call, FCA CEO Mike Manley said minor updates could be in store for the 1500 Classic (as it's known) to keep it relevant in the crowded North American pickup market...

Jeep, Ram EcoDiesel class action settled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will compensate American owners of Jeep and Ram cars fitted with emissions-cheating EcoDiesel engines. Owners of 2014-16 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models will have updated emissions control software fitted, be given an extended warranty for their cars, and offered US$3075 ($4400) in compensation...

Exclusive: Ram Australia moves to 24-hour production, $10 million investment, local jobs boost

Stand by for more US-style pick-ups on our roads: our appetite for “full size” utes has exceeded all expectations, prompting the local factory to triple output to fill back orders. The Melbourne production line that remanufactures Ram pick-ups to right-hand-drive is about to switch to three shifts – running 24 hours a day, five days a week – following an investment by the distributors of more than $10 million...