Ram takes triple crown at Truck King Chal­lenge

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS -

It was a clean sweep for the Ram brand at this year’s Cana­dian Truck King Chal­lenge.

Five judges named the 2014 Ram 1500, equipped with the 3.0-litre EcoDiesel, the 2014 Cana­dian Truck King. The pickup also came in first in the over-$45,000 class, while the 3.7L V6 ver­sion won the un­der-$45,000 cat­e­gory. The Ram 2500 diesel truck fin­ished off the sweep for Chrysler by com­ing out on top in the heavy-duty class.

The win­ning 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel comes equipped with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and all-wheel drive. It pro­duces 240 horse­power and 420 pound-feet of torque.

This year’s bat­tle of the trucks put 16 full-sized pick­ups to the chal­lenge, with more than 4,000 km of on-road testing over four days. Trucks were tested for tow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, fuel con­sump­tion with and without pay­load and while tow­ing, as well as on-road and off-road per­for­mance.

“The sweep of the 2014 awards by Ram shows just how hard this group has been work­ing,” said event founder and au­to­mo­tive writer Howard Elmer.

“While many scores this year were very, very close, Ram did edge out its com­pe­ti­tion in all three cat­e­gories with qual­ity, styling and in­no­va­tive pow­er­train choices — like the new 3L EcoDiesel and the eight-speed trans­mis­sion.”

It’s the sixth year for the Chal­lenge, which was founded by Elmer in 2006. The com­pe­ti­tion skipped a year in 2008 as a re­sult of the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try cri­sis.

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