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New Ram 1500 - lighter, stronger, smarter, powerfuller (yeah not a word)

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:54 PM - by MagnumClub
By now you've all seen the all new 2019 Ram 1500. This truck makes the new Chevy Silverado look dated in both looks and in technology. This new Ram is light, stronger, more powerful, more fuel efficient and smarter and better looking. I love this new truck. now talk to me when they release pricing but, for now, let a guy dream after all.

Interesting video from FCA engineers who designed the exterior of the new truck.

Video from the engineers regarding the material and chassis design

All-new 2019 Ram 1500 – No Compromise Truck, Leading in Durability, Technology and Efficiency

January 15, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 becomes the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup.

Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload.

An all-new eTorque system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 and V-8 configurations.

As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L.

Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and ready alert braking.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers. The Ram 1500 stands out as the benchmark in a very competitive segment.”

Interactive 2019 Ram 1500 website.

  • Overall weight reductions totaling nearly 225 pounds net when compared to previous model
  • New frame features 98 percent high-strength steel to improve durability, weight and rigidity for improved handling
  • Strongest Ram 1500 ever with most efficient frame in the segment – 100 pounds lighter with 98 percent high-strength steel
  • Maximum payload increased to 2,300 pounds, and maximum trailer tow to 12,750 pounds
  • New Ram 1500 is the segment’s most aerodynamic pickup with .357 coefficient of drag and features exclusive active aerodynamics: grille shutters, air dam and air suspension
  • All-new Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks deliver the best combination of ride, handling and comfort in a pickup
  • Next generation, class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel efficiency, improves ride, and gives greater off-road capability, load-leveling and entry/exit convenience
  • Largest front brakes in segment at 14.9 inches and new electric parking brake
  • New 4x4 Off-road Package includes suspension with one-inch lift, electronic locking rear axle, tuned shocks and Hill-descent Control

  • 2019 Ram 1500 delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with eTorque mild hybrid system on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines – widest use of mild hybrid technology in the segment
  • eTorque combines belt-drive motor generator unit with 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration
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FCA moving Ram HD production to Warren, MI and cutting checks for $2,000 to employees

Jan 12, 2018 - 1:06 PM - by MagnumClub
Today is a good day to be an FCA employee. The brass at Fiat Chrysler has decided to use some of the increased profit from the new tax cuts for employee bonuses. Approx 60,000 employess will recieve $2K. That equates to $72 million in cash money to employees. In other news the Ram HD production is moving from Mexico to Warren, MI. This is obviously great news for plant employees in Michigan. The production of the newly redesigned Ram 1500 had been moved from Warren to Sterling Heights so FCA has a huge facility ready to go. I think this move had been in the works for a long time but sure makes for a good announcement on a blustery Friday (immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit). The president tweeted about this last night so all y'all are probably aware this amounts to a pretty big win for the White House

FCA Announces Plan to Invest More Than $1 Billion in Michigan Plant, Add 2,500 New Jobs and Pay $2,000 Bonus to U.S. Employees; Actions Supported by U.S. Tax Reform

  • Investment will modernize Warren Truck Assembly to produce Ram Heavy Duty
  • Ram Heavy Duty truck production will relocate from Mexico to Michigan in 2020
  • Plant will add 2,500 new U.S. jobs to support production of heavy-duty truck
  • Approximately 60,000 FCA employees in the U.S. will receive special bonus payment
  • Total U.S. investment grows to more than $10 billion since 2009, with more than 25,000 jobs created to date
  • Production move solidifies U.S. as the global manufacturing hub for Ram products

January 11, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA announced today two actions made possible in part by the passage of U.S. tax reform legislation late last year — an additional investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations and a special payment to recognize employees for their continued efforts toward the success of the Company.

First, the Company confirmed that it will invest more than $1 billion to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Michigan) to produce the next-generation Ram Heavy Duty truck, which will relocate from its current production location in Saltillo, Mexico, in 2020. This investment is in addition to the announcement made in January 2017, which committed to spending a portion of $1 billion in Warren Truck Assembly to expand the Jeep® product line with the addition of the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. The Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant will be repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles for global distribution.

To support the increased volume at the Warren facility, 2,500 new jobs will be created, above and beyond the jobs announced as part of the January 2017 announcement.

Second, the Company confirmed that it will make a special bonus payment of $2,000 to approximately 60,000 FCA hourly and salaried employees in the U.S., excluding senior leadership. The payment, which recognizes employees for their continued commitment to the Company’s success, will be made in the second quarter of this year, and will be in addition to any profit sharing and salaried performance bonuses that employees would otherwise be eligible to receive in 2018. The special bonus will be paid to all eligible employees of the FCA automotive and components operations in the U.S.

“These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “It is only proper that our employees share in the savings generated by tax reform and that we openly acknowledge the resulting improvement in the U.S. business environment by investing in our industrial footprint accordingly.”

Investment in U.S. Manufacturing Grows
FCA has invested $10 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations since June 2009. Most recently, the Company announced investments totaling $3.5 billion, with the addition of 3,700 new jobs, to strengthen its U.S. manufacturing base, and align U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines.

Those investments and related actions involved production shifts at three plants in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan to gain capacity for the Jeep Cherokee,
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Dreams of a Hellcat Demon hybrid dancing in my Head!!

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM - by MagnumClub
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff

Envisioning a Final Edition Hellcat with Demon Parts and 808hp

Dodge said from Day 1 that the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon would be a one-and-done model, but what about a Hellcat Challenger (or even Charger) with some of the components from the Demon? What if Dodge took those aspects of the Demon that could easily be added to a Hellcat, making for a more powerful Hellcat package that still wouldn’t step on the Demon’s toes?

Picture this:
A 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Series II or a “Final Edition” model with the engine from the 2018 Demon, but without the race gas PCM. With the addition of the 2.7L supercharger, this new Hellcat would offer the same 808 horsepower as the Demon in pump gas form and in terms of packaging, all that Dodge would have to add to the Hellcat Challenger to make the Demon engine work is the higher-flowing hood setup. This car could use the 8HP90 transmission from the Hellcat, perhaps with some beefier interior bits while a stronger driveshaft, rear differential and half shafts would help send that extra 101hp to the wheels.

This 808hp Hellcat would (in theory) have the intercooler chiller system and a detuned version of the Demon’s Torque Reserve system. There would really be no point in including the exact same Torque Reserve system or the Demon’s TransBrake, as with the Hellcat’s narrower street tires, adding all of that power at the point of launch would only make traction impossible. However, for those racers who want to launch with a little more boost, this car could include a “softer” version of the Torque Reserve system included in the Launch Control system.

This 808hp Hellcat would still have the Hellcat’s big Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels (not the Demon’s smaller brakes and 18-inch wheels), as well as all of the premium goodies on the inside. Essentially, this Hellcat’s interior would be more or less identical to the current models, rather than the stripped-down cockpit layout of the Demon. Also, this car would come with the same suspension setup as the Hellcat, so it would offer the same handling attributes as the 707hp models, but with more power and more quarter mile potential.

The brand could go a step further and apply this 808hp Hellcat package to the Widebody models, which would improve traction a great deal, but that might be treading a bit too close to the Demon. Then again, without the Demon’s drag radials out back, the skinny tires up front, the generous amounts of weight reduction, the 840hp tune, the drag strip suspension setup and the Trans Brake – this car likely wouldn’t be anywhere near as quick as the Demon in the quarter mile. It would, however, be considerably quicker than the current Hellcat in every way, all while maintaining all of the comfort aspects of the 707hp cars.

Will Dodge do this? Who knows.

We have already seen spy shots of Hellcat Challengers with the Demon hood and the Demon’s 808hp notation on the infotainment screen. Figure that the company had to spend some money to develop all of the unique components of the Demon, and limiting all of those parts to only the Demon prevents the company from making more money on that research and development. Introducing some of those parts – like the bigger supercharger, the Torque Reserve system and the intercooler chiller – would allow the company to spread those R&D costs across more units while also making more money off of those extra vehicles with those components.

In short, it seems like it would be easy enough for Dodge to transfer those Demon bits mentioned above to a Hellcat and in certainly seems like there would be a market for a spicier Hellcat – especially if they offered this new package for the Charger as well as the Challenger. So they have the parts and they have customers who would buy those cars, making it seem like a final special edition Hellcat with 808hp is almost logical.

Finally, it is expected that this generation of the Challenger and Charger are in their final few model years. What better way is there to send off the current Hellcat cars than with some special edition package with substantially better performance?

I cant think of one, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Dodge will read this, agree and roll out one more awesome, supercharged package... [Read More]
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