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Dodge Ram Hybrid Gets Nod After 2009

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The Dodge brand will be getting a Ram Hybrid pickup truck, but it won't arrive until after 2009, Chrysler confirms today.

As it previews the 2009 Dodge Ram lineup today in Michigan, Chrysler's confirming the hybrid Ram with the caveat that it won't arrive until the 2010 model year at the earliest. The Hybrid version, when it arrives, will use the two-mode hybrid powertrain also found in the new Durango HEMI and Aspen Hybrid SUVs. With the added motors and batteries, the Ram should see a fuel-economy boost of 40 percent in the city and up to 25 percent overall, same as the SUV hybrids drove last week.

Chrysler's cylinder-deactivation technology, MDS, will also be featured on the Hybrid version, as will regenerative braking. Chrysler's also promising best-in-class aerodynamics for the Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid.

For the 2009 model year, the Ram returns with Cummins turbodiesel and V-6 engine options to help with fuel economy. At the HEMI end of the spectrum, horsepower has risen 13 percent to 390 horsepower.

We'll keep you posted on the Ram Hybrid--and stay tuned for our driving reports on the 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid and the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid.
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Comments (4)
  1. They're moving too slow and doing too little. Good luck, Chrysler - maybe in the next life...

  2. At this rate, they're doomed. So much for the US car industry. A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. People do not want V8s. You have to think about serious shrinking, Chrysler: four cylinders and V6s, like the small pickups in the late 70s. And only those who really need pickups will buy these smaller vehicles.

  3. It seems to me there will always be a sizable market for big pickup trucks. Hey guys this is America, not Europe and our tastes demographics and traditions are very different. Dodge is moving in the right direction with the Ram and the market will rebound shrtly after we announce drilling authorization. As far as the American auto industry, we'll see high import tarriffs before we give away that important part of America. Maybe you guys should move to Denmark.

  4. I agree with you Bill. People will want full size truck especially if they get good fuel economy. People if you've noticed both the 5.7 and 4.7 engines were improved in both performance and fuel mileage. Chrysler is also re-doing the V-6 which will have both VVT and MDS. It will be able to run in 3 cylinder mode. This engine will likely be used in 1500 Series Trucks, Dakotas, 300C, Charger, Challenger, Avenger-Cirrus, Mini-Vans and some Jeeps. I think Dodge hit a bulls eye buy improving fuel mileage, performance and quality in this shrinking but still relatively large market. This should help them better compete for customers who need trucks. BTW Toyota can't make but a hand full of the Prius models per year. Yet they make a massive amount of large trucks, SUVs and Minivans which are all gas guzzlers.

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