2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Heads West

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Aaron:

    Could be? When you are running state routes and county roads, your avg. speed will be a fraction of what open Interstate is like. Add in out of the way camping locations and it would drop quickly. Even the 69.3 mph 7 hour segment at 39.9 mpg had a little non-Interstate involved from just north of Amarillo and the Cadillac Ranch stop loop.

    If we could have driven strictly Interstate, the overall mpg would have been up another 2 to 3 as well. Would love to do this drive empty and from coast to coast on the I-8 and I-10 along with some LRR non-truck tires. :)

    Wayne
     
  2. I'm not too far away, and have a 7x14 Haulmark cargo trailer available almost any time - no rental fee:stickshift:
    2 axle, 7000 pound grs weight, about 2000 pounds empty.

    Keep it in mind if you ever want to do a towing test
     
  3. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    I beening read that oil changes are min around $160 if you do it yourself
    11 litres of oil , at over $11 a litre and oil filter of around $50
    Also there been a lot of problems of def freezing in its tank cause problems

    Is there an app that show cost per mile / km ? ( to lazy to do it long hand :D)
    Gas is at 88.9¢ a litre and diesel is $1.109 a litre , 23¢ a litre diffence

    Wondering should one wait a year for more bugs to work its way out of the system, ie def freezing problems, and more aftermarket oil filter out there to drop the price
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Airbalancer:

    Always good to wait a year which is now the 2015s. I will ask some of your questions to the RAM PR and Engineering folks tomorrow.

    Wayne
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    On Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show (#NAIAS) or Detroit Auto Show Press Days for most, Ram announced that it will add a new, more fuel-efficient “HFE” model to its half-ton truck lineup.

    The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will once again deliver the highest fuel economy among all full size truck competitors -- 12 percent higher than the next-closest competitor. Its “HFE” designation is Ram’s way of highlighting this model’s excellent fuel efficiency.

    Ram EcoDiesel HFE will arrive with an EPA-certified 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined fuel economy ratings, the highest among all pickups.

    On stage was Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand who stated:
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    At the very moment of the announcement from the presentation stage at the 2015 NAIAS.​

    The HFE model is built from a Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab four-door, with a 6-ft. 4-in. bed, 20 in. alloys, wheel-to-wheel side steps, and a tri-fold tonneau cover.

    All of these were the key to its 29 mpg highway rating as aero drag was reduced by enough points to bring the highway number up to 29 mpg.

    The Ram EcoDiesel also is available with a body-colored fascia adopted from the Ram Express model, which gives the Ram EcoDiesel HFE a nicer exterior appearance.

    Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE models will also get a new HFE badge that heralds its MPG claims.

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    The 2015 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will go on sale late first quarter of 2015 and we will try and get one for review in short order.

    Wayne
     
  6. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    Really a none story, an increase of only 1 mpg , no tuning of engine, or tranny
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Airbalancer:

    1 mpg might move someone into one vs. the alternatives.

    Titan 2WD - 13/18
    Tundra 2WD - 13/18
    Ridgeline 4WD - 15/21

    Wayne
     
  8. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    I wouldn't mind owning one, and I've ALWAYS owned GM pickups. The GM's are durable, and easy to maintain, but they are thirsty!
     
  9. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Which model do you pick on the web site to build and price a diesel pickup? The Dodge site is a disorganized mess, I want to pick drivetrain first and go from there. Too many steps to find out if diesel is an option.
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Thunderstruck:

    Good point. The base Tradesman std. cab for example needs an 8' bed to option in an EcoDiesel. Also wish they did not upcharge the 8-speed AT over the other 8-speed AT for another $500. Few journalists catch this in their write-ups on the EcoDiesel option.

    Wayne
     
  11. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    Was emailing a dealer about a Laraime ED crew cab, his pricing was look really good , then discovered he price out a Hemi , so with an ED it was $6,000 more :eek:
    No deal
     
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Airbalancer:

    At $6k more, no deal indeed!

    Wayne
     
  13. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    $6K would buy an awful lot of gas. The problem is too many manufacturers charge way too high a premium for diesel option. I'm going to kick some tires this afternoon on the new Golf TDI just to see what it's all about, but I'll also try a GTI to see both ends of the spectrum. GTI can be chipped to 316 HP on premium gas.
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Nathan:

    You live in downtown Chicago. WTH could a chipped anything do for you? The guy driving the Yaris delivering Pizza's can kick all of our @$$es from point A to point B in the city no matter what we are driving.

    Wayne
     
  15. Airbalancer

    Airbalancer Well-Known Member

    If I was really need a new truck , then a ram would the answer, but I was looking at trading in a 2011 Chevy,

    the total cost would be about a $32,000 upgrade from my 3 year old truck , and the only thing i wish was better on my truck is fuel mileage, I am getting around 15 mpg,
    With the ED maybe 22 mpg, the truck has a load of about 1,200 pounds
    I will check out the new trucks in 2020 :)
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Airbalancer:

    The longer you can keep the old one - and not drive it, the better off you could be.

    Wayne
     
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Yesterday RAM Trucks made history and set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD in the process.

    Ram truck owners from seven States and Canada helped the Ram Truck set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest parade of pickup trucks in Arlington, Texas. 451 Ram trucks participated in the “Ram Truck Round-up,” breaking the previous world record of 438.

    RAM Trucks in Texas

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    A few of the 451 RAM Trucks on hand for the fun and record.​

    The Ram Truck Round-up parade route started on the east side of AT&T Stadium in Arlington and traveled approximately 3.2 miles around the stadium and neighboring Globe Life Park grounds.

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    Participants in the Ram Truck Round-up parade were treated to a special morning of activities including car-crushing appearances by the Raminator monster truck, music performances by the Austin, Texas-based Midnight Social, appearances by country music artists Kix Brooks, Thomas Rhett and Easton Corbin, and giveaways from Ram brand partners. Participants also received free tickets for the ACM Party for a Cause Festival, taking place at Globe Life Park.

    Texas and Pickup Trucks Facts

    More Texans drive pickup trucks than any other state (20 percent of motor vehicle registrations versus 12 percent national average) and Ram is the fastest growing truck brand in Texas. Ram’s current market share of 20 percent has risen 2.52 points (15 percent) in the past five years and the brand sells two-and-a-half times as many pickup trucks in Texas as it does in the next highest volume state.

    Wayne
     

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