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  • The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 named “Best Buy for 2009” in the Large Pickup category
  • All-new 2009 Dodge Ram continues its assault on the pickup truck segment, winning yet another award for a total of 11 since its introduction
Auburn Hills, Mich., Feb 4, 2009 - The all-new Dodge Ram pickup continues its winning streak, taking home Consumer Guide’s “Best Buy for 2009” in the Large Pickup category.

“Dodge Ram gets our Best Buy nod thanks to its composed ride, impressively comfortable and quiet cabin and unique cargo storage features,” said Tom Appel, Associate Publisher – Consumer Guide Automotive. “Ram is also remarkably maneuverable for a large pickup truck.”

Since 1967, Consumer Guide has published authoritative, objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Its staff of 16 includes 10 full-time automotive editors with more than 150 years of combined automotive experience. Consumer Guide's singular focus is to make car shopping easier for consumers.

“We are honored that Consumer Guide chose the Dodge Ram as a best buy for 2009,” said Scott Kunselman, Vice-President Jeep®/Truck Product Team, Chrysler LLC. “It’s yet another award that confirms that the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 is the best pickup truck on the market.”

About the Dodge Ram
The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram includes the industry’s first-and-only RamBox™ cargo management system that includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated, drainable storage bins, pickup bed dividers, a 2-foot bed extender, and a cargo rail system with sliding adjustable cleats. The 2009 Ram also includes the first-in-segment coil-spring, five-link rear suspension fitted to a solid rear axle providing ride and handling not found on any other pickup truck. A new 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with fuel-saving MDS technology provides more horsepower (390 hp) and torque (407 lb.-ft.) while its best-in-class aerodynamics – .387 Cd – helps improve fuel economy and performance.

In addition, the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram includes first-in-segment, factory-installed 4-inch dual exhaust styled dramatically into the rear bumper, first-in-segment store-in-the-floor storage bins with nearly twice as many bins (42) than the previous model (26) and 35 safety and security technologies. Standard features include side-curtain air bags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which includes all-speed traction control, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Significantly upgraded interiors with segment-first surround-sound audio system and live SIRIUS Backseat TV™ round out the interior.

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab recently earned 5-star ratings for driver- and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest ratings in the U.S. government’s safety crash test program.

In addition to winning Consumer Guide’s award, the all-new Dodge Ram has picked up 10 other key awards since its introduction and was recently chosen by Car and Driver as the best full-size pickup in a head-to-head comparison test in Texas, beating the new Ford F-150. Other key awards include:
  • – Work Truck of the Year
  • ICOTY – 2009 International Truck of the Year
  • Truckin’ magazine – Truck of the Year
  • Texas Auto Writer's Association (TAWA) – 2009 Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas
  • – Inside Line Editors Most Wanted 2009
  • – 2009 MyRide/Autobytel Editor's Choice Awards - Truck of the Year
  • Maxim – Achievement in Party-Enabling Technology (RamBox)
  • Ward's AutoWorld – Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2009 (2009 Dodge Ram 5.7 HEMI engine)
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada – Best New Pickup
  • Sobre RuedasSobre Ruedas Best Pickup Truck for '08
Dodge Brand
With a work-hard, play-hard attitude, the Dodge brand continues to offer a full line of cars, trucks, SUVs, commercial vehicles and sales-leading, fifth-generation minivans in 2009.

Dodge introduced several new vehicles in 2008, including the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey, the 2009 Dodge Challenger and the 2009 Dodge Ram. Dodge also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the minivan during the 2009 model year. With more than 65 minivan-firsts introduced since 1983 and more than 12 million Dodge and Chrysler minivans sold, Chrysler LLC has solidified its leadership in the segment. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan continues to set the mark in minivan value with more than 40 new or improved features from the previous generation, including unsurpassed 17 city / 25 highway mpg fuel economy. The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan is also the first minivan in the segment to feature the all-new Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path advance safety systems.

Also in 2008, Dodge Journey entered key volume markets outside North America, joining the Dodge Avenger, Nitro and Caliber. Dodge Caliber was the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside North America in 2008.

About Consumer Guide
Consumer Guide's editors provide professional, unbiased evaluations of nearly 1000 new and used vehicles as well as expert shopping advice, timely feature articles, and insightful automotive editorials. Consumer Guide is based in Lincolnwood, IL. It is published in print by Publications International, Ltd., and online by For more information, visit
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