RHD 4x4 RAMs ar­rive

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The first of US truck brand RAM’s new NZ ( RHD) mar­ket 4x4 trucks went on dis­play here at the Na­tional Farm Fiel­d­ays on Wed­nes­day June 15 with new im­porter Amer­i­can Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles promis­ing a reg­u­lar sup­ply of 2500 and 3500 se­ries trucks for sale here. Amer­i­can Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles is a new ven­ture com­bin­ing the resources of Ateco Au­to­mo­tive and the Walkin­shaw Au­to­mo­tive Group. Since its launch as a stand­alone di­vi­sion of Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles ( FCA) in 2009, the RAM truck brand now en­joys US sales of over 40,000 trucks per month. The ASV RAM trucks are im­ported to Aus­tralia ex-fac­tory in left-hand- drive. The Walkin­shaw Au­to­mo­tive Group then con­verts them to right-hand- drive for sale in Aus­tralia and New Zealand on a pur­pose-built pro­duc­tion line in Mel­bourne. Pow­ered by a 6.7 litre Cum­mins turbo diesel en­gine pro­duc­ing 276kW and 1084Nm of torque, a RAM Truck can carry or tow up to 6989kg ( RAM 2500) and 6170kg ( RAM 3500). Pay­load is 913kg for the RAM 2500 and 1713kg for the RAM 3500. All that power and weight is fed to the road via a 68RFE sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and BorgWarner BW 44- 46 trans­fer case us­ing elec­tronic shift- on-the-fly en­gi­neer­ing with three op­er­at­ing ranges plus neu­tral and a low range re­duc­tion ra­tio of 2.64:1. Right-hand-drive RAM trucks en­gi­neered by Amer­i­can Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles are cov­ered by a com­pre­hen­sive three year, 100,000km war­ranty along with full parts and ser­vice sup­port. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in re­gard to model range, spec­i­fi­ca­tion, pric­ing and the RAM dealer net­work is avail­able at www.ramtrucks.co.nz

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