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American Expedition Vehicles just threw down the gauntlet. The company known for outfitting Jeep Wranglers with assembly-line-quality aftermarket parts has unveiled this 2014 Ram 2500 concept for this year’s SEMA event .

Starting with a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Diesel , AEV fitted 40-inch-tall tires under the Ram with a three-inch suspension lift. The result is a heavy-duty truck that’s still usable around town, but can handle any off-road challenge thrown its way.

AEV made a name for itself by developing its aftermarket products with guidance from Chrysler engineers, ensuring top-notch quality. The tradition continues in the Ram project with such examples as the suspension setup. The front springs remain stock and sit atop cast-aluminum spacers, so as not to change the ride quality, while heavy-duty Bilstein shocks help manage the expected abuses found off-road.

The Ram’s front bumper is 3/16-inch-thick stamped steel — over four times thicker than the stock unit — and hides a massive 16,500-pound Warn winch. Two recovery points predominantly protrude out front, ready for D-ring shackles. The bumper is divided into three separate pieces for easy replacement of damaged parts, or even further user-customization.

Around to the Ram’s side are the AEV high-clearance finders with integrated flares. They provide the capability to run 40-inch-tall tires with such a minimal lift. (Normally 40-inch tires require six to eight inches of lift) Unique 17x10, AVE-designed “Katla” cast-aluminum wheels are ruggedly stylish and can carry 3,650 pounds each.

In addition to the suspension setup, AEV added a high-steer kit that corrects for the steering gear’s new geometry, while only two inches of lift were added to the rear axle, making the truck level.

While the truck as a whole isn’t headed for production, the individual AEV parts are. They go on sale sometime in 2014.

Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ram Concept by AEV

With the SEMA convention coming up next week, all automakers are putting their best creative foot forward with new, innovative designs. Ram is no exception, bringing multiple trucks including this 2014 Ram Sun Chaser.

Starting with a 1500 Quad Cab, Ram built the perfect beach cruiser with a custom Vibrance Orange Blast paint scheme and plenty of extras to make a day at the beach – well, a day at the beach.

Body-color tow hooks peak through the matte-black front bumper whose color extends around the entire truck. Above that is the very bright Orange Blast paint that coats the sport performance vented hood. Sitting on top of the cab is a custom Mopar “surf rack” that works in conjunction with the two rack bars over the truck’s bed. The system is able to accommodate long boards and paddleboards, while extra hooks along the racks’ inside provide storage for four additional surfboards.

After a long day of surfing, personal clean up is a breeze with an onboard shower with a water bladder hidden inside the driver side RamBox. Perhaps the coolest feature found on the Ram Sun Chaser is the flip-up double seats bolted to the tailgate. With the flip of a lever, the molded-plastic seatback raises up to comfortably seat two adults while their legs hang off the tailgate. Two molded upholders provide an extra touch of comfort. We would love to see this upgrade make it the regular Mopar options list.

Inside the Sun Chaser, Katzkin leather seats feature stitching to match the Vibrance Orange Blast paint. The same stitching is found on the dash and door inserts. The Ram’s 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine gets a Mopar cat-back exhaust, while the suspension gets a two-inch lift. Custom-built 17-inch beadlock wheels are wrapped in meaty rubber built to keep the Ram powering forward.

Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ram Sun Chaser concept truck

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The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is heavily revised with new air suspension options, an all-new interior, and a fifth-wheel trailer towing option that allows these huge trucks to hitch a trailer right into the bed of the pickup truck.

The Heavy Duty Ram line also brings a mild exterior refresh with the projector-beam lights on posh trims like the Laramie test truck.

A quick spin was enough to have me looking for poundage to haul somewhere, maybe a friend who likes to ride dressage horses competitively?

Sadly, not enough time to test the limits of this tall workhorse by towing some show ponies out back.

This all-new 2014 Mega Crew Cummins 2500 is the big chief of the Ram family, with over 800 pound-feet of torque and tow ratings that would make a tractor trailer blush with embarrassment. For a non-truck-guy, the 2500 Ram is generally thought of as the 20,000-pound trailer max — in the right settings.

The 3500 Ram is now in a class of one with a 30,000-pound towing max, again with the right option boxes ticked.

With base pricing just below $30,000, how does the Ram HD line compare with the best-sellers from Ford and Chevy ?

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Diesel.

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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster , it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

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The arrival of a diesel engine in the luxurious and easy-driving 2014 Ram 1500 pickup is huge news. Until this point, diesel engines for all truck lines have been restricted to just 2500 and 3500 models.

Ford and Chevy continue without a small diesel engine in their light trucks, and are about to feel the hurt from the new 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

As much as car buyers traditionally loathe the idea of diesel engines, truck buyers adore it.

Under the chrome Ram hood, the 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel option even delivered a (momentary) 36 mpg via the standard eight-speed automatic during a light cruise on the test route. But that is not even the best part.

The Ram EcoDiesel packs all the benefits of 25-mpg-plus highway efficiency, but none of the typical diesel engine noise or the driving dynamics of an 18-wheeler. This is a machine whose huge torque reserves and lighter front end join forces to make a smooth, quiet and nimble truck. All that comfort on the air springs front and rear has virtually no major tradeoff in the capabilities tallies versus the F-150 or Silverado .

While both of those leading trucks — Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado — are also quite refined in the drivetrain these days, none offer the absolutely S-Class -rivaling smoothness of the Ram 1500 Laramie over bumps.

Un-laden half-ton trucks might have smooth engines, but are still a pitter-patter of suspension clatter in back on good sunny days. On bad snowy or rainy days, that inherent over-sprung feel can become downright treacherous over mid-corner bumps.

Jittery and gas-guzzling pickups are starting to feel mighty obsolete in direct comparison to the swanky new Ram EcoDiesel.

Click past the jump for this exclusive TopSpeed Driven preview of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is arriving in showrooms across five trim levels starting in December.

Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

With some notable exceptions, like the incredible Ford Atlas Concept , concept pickups don’t usually move the meter of a lot of people.

But one recent concept that really got our attention was the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept . It wasn’t just the fancy yellow color or the fact that it had some fancy slick details on the interior; the concept pickup truck really screamed for attention without going overboard to get it.

So imagine our pleasant surprise when we found out that Ram is considering building a production version of the concept pickup. Speaking to Edmunds, Dave Sowens, head of Ram Truck’s light- and heavy-duty marketing, said that the brand will bring the concept to some dealer shows and talk to dealers in an attempt to gauge the interest of a production version for the Rumble Bee Concept.

If there’s a positive feedback from dealers, the company will seriously consider building a production model, albeit one that could be without the Drone Yellow finish and the amber-encased bee on the concept’s rotary gear knob. While we wouldn’t mind the encased bee to be left out, it’s going to be disappointing if Ram drops the fancy color finish that really gave the concept that sparkling attitude that reminded a lot of people of Bumblebee, the Transformers Autobot.

Power is likely to remain the same so expect a 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that produces 395 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, good enough to potentially hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 120 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept

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Ram revealed the all-new Rumble Bee concept truck at 13 mile and Woodward during the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise on August 17th, 2013. The concept was inspired by the Rumble Bee graphics package that was offered for the 2004 and 2005 HEMI-powered Ram 1500 and previews a new competitor for the Ford F-150 Tremor .

Being based on the Ram 1500 R/T, the new Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept features large air intakes on the hood, a low front spoiler and large wheels on the outside.

This awesome yellow truck, as expected, features a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 powerplant that is certain to push this concept to 60 mph in un-truck-like quickness. Unfortunately, the Rumble Bee package is still a concept, so there are no details on its potential release.

Update 8/19/13: This review has been updated with all of the official details on the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Concept.

The Ram 1500 pickup has become a popular model in the years that it’s been patrolling roads all over America.

Everybody has thought highly enough of the pickup that a revised model of the current-generation 1500 was just introduced a few weeks ago. Apparently, that popularity has compelled Ram to build a special-edition model called the Ram Black Express.

Looking the part of a completely bad-ass pickup , RAM built the Black Express to accommodate a slew of new features that completely sets it apart from the rest of the 1500 lot. Not that the latter doesn’t boast of many creds, the Black Express just takes it to another level.

One look at the Black Express and you immediately notice that it’s been blacked out to the hilt, complete with a black grille and front fascia, black bumpers, black badges on the front and rear, and to no one’s surprise, black 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Nobody got confused with what to call this special-edition 1500, apparently.

There’s also the addition of a bi-function halogen projector headlamps with LED running lights, a standard feature on this special edition compared to it being an added option on the regular steeds.

No powertrain changes were made so expect to see the same 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 under its hood, good enough to produce 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a towing capacity of 9,250 pounds to go with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of about 8-something seconds and a top speed of about 135 mph.

The Ram Black Express comes with a base price of $26,955, a little over $1,000 more than the base Express 4X2 regular cab.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Ram 1500

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A monster 6.4-liter V-8 joins the Ram Heavy Duty ranks for 2014 along with two new air suspension designs for the rear ends of the 2500HD and 3500HD. Big motors and soft rides make sense at some of these hefty entry prices.

In bottom Tradesman trim, the 2500HD is a capable hauler with new fifth-wheel towing abilities but a stripped interior. In top trims, the Ram 3500HD Cummins diesel can do all the dirty work and heavy lifting. The goal of the both 2014 Ram HD series models is to do all this with new levels of cabin tech, quietness and ride comfort.

There are typically big trade-offs when moving from the half-ton class upwards. The new Ram HD line aims to literally smooth some of the edges from one of its most distinctive vehicles and make it an easy – but pricey – transition to a real work truck.

Paired with the big purchase price comes some of the most capable and sophisticated technology ever to grace one of these full-size middleweights.

Where Ram Trucks loses points for the generic Ram HD name, it regains face with 2014’s new intake design called… Ram Active Air – or just Ram Air for short.

How do the Ram HD trucks carve out appeal beyond bragging rights for best-in-class towing and cargo loads? Is the evolutionary look too cautious in the face of the Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 and the Ford F-250 SuperDuty ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ram 2500HD and 3500 HD pick-up trucks with details on all the latest changes and updates.

Updated 10/23/2013: This article has been updated with the latest specs, photos and even full 2500HC and 3500HD Tow Charts, in downloadable PDF form from Ram Trucks.

New-for-2014 Laramie Limited and Outdoorsman trims also join the Ram Heavy Duty line, with high-res images of both new trucks after the jump.

The Ram truck has been around in some form or fashion since Dodge started making vehicles in 1914. The Ram as we know it today got its start when Dodge put the Ram name on the then-new 1981 full size truck. Of course, the biggest change happened in 2010 when Chrysler made Ram its own brand, pulling it from under the Dodge umbrella. Now called the Ram Truck brand, Ram has been making huge strides in truck development.

New for 2009 and refreshed again in 2013, the Ram 1500 is available in an almost limitless combination of cab, bed, engine, and options. Regular, Quad, and Crew cabs come with three bed lengths and three engine options that include the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the venerable 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, and the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6.

The Ram 1500 also represents some out-of-the-box thinking in terms of packaging. A five-link rear suspension replaces the traditional leaf springs and an available air suspension gives the Ram a boost for off-roading and trailer towing. The Ram also sports an eight-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF. The unit helps the 1500 get exceptional fuel economy while still affording it good payload and towing numbers. The truck is also available with the “Ram Box,” a set of toolboxes mounted within the bed rails that will hold anything from trailer hitches to ice and drinks.

While it’s not expected that the Ram 1500 will overtake the Ford F-150 in terms of sales volume, it is expected the Ram will be chosen for its creature comforts and smart new diesel engine.

UPDATE 7/16/2014: Ram Trucks has just announced the entire Ram lineup will comply with the SAE’s J2807 towing standards. Ram joins Toyota and General Motors in adopting the new standards, though Ram is the only automaker to adopt J2807 in for Heavy Duty trucks.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Ram 1500


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