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Ram Chassis Cab Named 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year

May 2011, Work Truck - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Robert Brown (second from right) presents the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award to the Ram Chassis Cab team, (left) Joe Veltri, vice president, Product Planning; Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and head of National Sales; and Scott Kunselman, senior vice president, Engineering. Shown in back is the 2011 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab.
Work Truck magazine Associate Publisher Robert Brown (second from right) presents the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year Award to the Ram Chassis Cab team, (left) Joe Veltri, vice president, Product Planning; Fred Diaz, president and CEO Ram Truck Brand and head of National Sales; and Scott Kunselman, senior vice president, Engineering. Shown in back is the 2011 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab.

Nineteen vehicles were included in an online ballot and voted on by professional fleet managers, who were asked to consider which medium-duty truck model best fit their fleet requirements, including application effectiveness, durability, quality, servicing, maintenance, and lifecycle costs.Class 4 and 5 Ram 4500/5500 were named Work Truck magazine's 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year.

"We are very pleased that the Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab was named the 2011 Medium-Duty Truck of the Year," said Pete Grady, vice president, Network Development & Fleet for the Chrysler Group LLC. "We take pride in this truly fleet-oriented award, as it was selected by professional fleet customers from across the country."

Built for Towing

Ram Chassis Cab trucks are specifically designed for towing. The new Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab GCWR upgrade is part of an optional "Max Tow" package, available on both regular and crew cab models and in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. The Ram Max Tow package includes a new transfer case gear set as well as chain and sprocket upgrades, recalibrated transmission software, and an enhanced collection of thermal management devices.

Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks come equipped with the commercial-grade 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel engine that produces 305 hp at 2,900 rpm and 610 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm.

Max Tow is available on Ram Chassis Cab trucks equipped with the optional commercial-grade Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission and 4.88 rear-axle ratio. A 4.44 axle is standard on 4500 models and not available with the Max Tow package. A class-exclusive 6-speed manual transmission is standard on Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models.

The 30,000-lb. GCWR gives the Ram Chassis Cab a 4,000-lb. increase in trailer-towing capabilities, up to a maximum of 22,300 lbs. on a Ram 4500 or 5500 Chassis Cab equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission on Class 4 Chassis Cab trucks.

"The commercial truck segment is all about total cost of ownership," said Fred Diaz, Ram Truck president, CEO, and head of U.S. sales - Chrysler Group LLC. "When you account for fuel economy, brake wear, tire wear, and the best powertrain warranty in the business, Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the lowest cost of ownership."

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