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The RAM 1500 is the latest addition to the ASV stable in Australia, and priced to start from under 80k drive-away, it promises to appeal to cashed-up ute buyers.

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Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault
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Ram recalls 1.45 million trucks globally over tailgate fault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been forced to issue a global recall for more than 1.1 million Ram trucks in the US, along with a further 260,000 in Canada, nearly 20,000 in Mexico, and a further 25,000 in markets outside North America. According to the manufacturer, affected models are fitted with faulty power-locking mechanisms that could break over time...


CarAdvice podcast 107: Ford Australia's Daniella Winter talks Mustang
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CarAdvice podcast 107: Ford Australia's Daniella Winter talks Mustang

Kez Casey and Scott Collie join Mandy Turner this week. In car news, the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has been confirmed, 2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs have been released, and the Kia Cerato will get the GT treatment. Also, International Engine of the Year goes to Ferrari, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 is getting a more powerful engine, and Elon Musk is promising 'full self-driving features' for Tesla in August...


2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs
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2018 Ram 1500 pricing and specs

As the North American market begins rollout of the new-generation 2019 Ram 1500, Australian details for the older 2018 Ram 1500 have been announced this week. UPDATE, 23/8/18: The original version of this article listed a rear-view camera as standard equipment across the range, however this isn't the case. A rear-view camera is included with the Laramie specification only...


Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line
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Ram 1500: First ute rolls off Aussie production line

The Ateco Group has produced its first Ram 1500 at its facility in Melbourne, Victoria, ahead of the truck's market launch this month. Pricing and specifications for our market are still to be announced, though all versions will feature a 5.7-litre 'Hemi' V8 – which makes 395hp (294kW) in US trim – and offer a towing capacity of up to 4...


RAM 1500 confirmed for Australia by mid-year 2018
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RAM 1500 confirmed for Australia by mid-year 2018

Local distributor Ateco Automotive has confirmed a mid-year Australian launch for the 2018 Ram 1500 – that is, the outgoing model, not the 2019 range revealed in January. Due to demand in the US, that all-new offering won't be available to our market for at least another year...


2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit
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2019 Ram 1500 revealed in Detroit

The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 has made its debut at the Detroit motor show this week, sporting a lighter body and technology upgrades, along with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Weighing up to 102 kilograms less than its predecessor, the new 1500 features an aluminium tailgate - but not the tray bed, which remains a decision unique to Ford and its big F-150...


Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix
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Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 recalled for safety fix

Local importer and conversion company American Special Vehicles (ASV) has issued a recall for six vehicles across its Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 model lines over concerns a faulty occupant sensor could cause the airbags to not deploy in an accident. Affected vehicles were built in 2014, 2015 and 2016...


Ram Rebel TRX concept debuts with detuned Hellcat V8 engine
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Ram Rebel TRX concept debuts with detuned Hellcat V8 engine

The Ram Rebel TRX concept with a supercharged V8 engine has been unveiled at the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Under the bonnet, the Rebel TRX concept uses a version of the company's 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine with 429kW of power, which is down from the 527kW/880Nm it makes in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 9, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Ram 1500 Night unveiled in America: Big bad truck on local wish list
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2017 Ram 1500 Night unveiled in America: Big bad truck on local wish list

The 2017 Ram 1500 Night has been unveiled in the US, and it's about as American as it gets. Combining a fair number of things we love about America - size, excess, the wildly unnecessary - the special edition Night package adds a touch of ‘gangsta’ to the already-cool 2017 Ram 1500 Sport...


Fiat Chrysler working on Ram 1500 ute case for Australia
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Fiat Chrysler working on Ram 1500 ute case for Australia

Fiat Chrysler’s Australian arm remains keenly interested in a slice of the local ute market, where just about every participating brand is experiencing ongoing growth. The big Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks are already confirmed for Australia, but it is Sydney-based distributor Ateco Automotive - through its Fiat Chrysler New Zealand operation - that will manage that deal, struck independently with Fiat Chrysler’s overseas headquarters...


Ram Ramps: patent application reveals integrated loading design for big pickups
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Ram Ramps: patent application reveals integrated loading design for big pickups

Ram Trucks, the utilitarian and weekend warrior offshoot of Chrysler’s Dodge brand, has hit on a fresh concept for those making full use of their cargo beds: ramps. It’s not the ramps themselves, of course. There’s nothing new in ramps designed for utes and high-riding pickups, with more than a few options out there for loading ramps that can be easily stored in or alongside the cargo area...


Asian brands dominate 2013 Ward's 10 Best Interior awards
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Asian brands dominate 2013 Ward's 10 Best Interior awards

Asian car makers have dominated the 2013 Ward's 10 Best Interiors list, with seven models from Japan and South Korea taking home awards. Famous for its 10 Best Engines awards that are now in their 20th year, WardsAuto applies the same model to select what it believes are the US market’s top 10 vehicle interiors...


2013 Ward's 10 best engines awards snub hybrids, EVs
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2013 Ward's 10 best engines awards snub hybrids, EVs

Four-cylinder petrol engines have dominated the 2013 Ward's 10 Best engines awards, while almost a dozen energy-efficient hybrid and electric propulsion systems were considered for a prize but ultimately overlooked. This year's winner list is the first since 2006 not to feature either a hybrid, a pure-electric or a diesel powerplant, with petrol power taking all 10 gongs...