2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty
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2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty

Toronto, Ontario – Chrysler Canada premiered the new 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty at the Toronto auto show on Wednesday. The 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty is available for the first time in a crew-size cab model, providing Dodge with a competitor in the highest-volume part of the heavy-duty pickup segment in Canada.

With unique “heavy duty” styling, a choice of legendary diesel or gasoline-fuelled powerplants, improved driving dynamics and a significantly increased Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, the new Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 are extremely capable heavy-duty pickups.

“Last year the Dodge Ram 1500 was clearly the best pickup truck in the Canadian market,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. “Not only did it outperform the competition and set an all-time sales record, but it also received the prestigious Automotive Journalists Association of Canada’s award as the best new pickup truck. The all-new Ram Heavy Duty will continue this momentum with superior capability and towing, three cab styles, two cargo-box sizes, and single and dual rear-wheel configurations.”

Dodge Ram Heavy Duty offers a 6.7-litre Cummins Turbo Diesel inline six-cylinder engine producing up to 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 1500 rpm and 350 hp at 3000 rpm. The 6.7-liter engine meets the most stringent emission requirements and is coupled with a six-speed manual (ultra-low first-gear ratio) or six-speed automatic transmission including electronic range select. The Ram Heavy Duty is also available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine.

An increased Dodge Ram 2500 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 4354 kg (9600 lb.) results in an increase of 272 kg (600 lb.) of payload capacity in crew-size and Mega Cab 4×4 models equipped with the Cummins TD I-6 engine. The increased Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 11,521 kg (25,400 lb.) on all Ram 3500 models with dual rear wheels, 6.7-litre TD I-6 with automatic transmission and 4.10 axle ratio equates to an additional 635 kg (1400 lb.) handling of trailer weight.

The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty will arrive into Canada in the fall of 2009 followed by the all-new Dodge Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab.

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