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Your Virginia Dodge Dealer introduces the 2013 Ram 1500

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2013 Ram 1500 Laramie at the New York Auto Show

From the outside, the 2013 Ram 1500 may not look all that different from the 2012, but trust us: The truck’s changes are the most significant it has received since 2009. Back then, this rig still had “Dodge” in its name—Chrysler had yet to spin-off the Ram truck brand – and its biggest technological advancement was a coil-spring rear suspension instead of the (still) more common leaf-spring setup.

Ram has heavily upgraded its 1500 pickup line for 2013 with a new base V-6 engine, an available eight-speed transmission, fuel-economy-enhancing technology, and a freshened interior. The new truck’s added refinement was put on full display at the 2012 New York auto show earlier this year.

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2013 Ram 1500 Grille

Although the majority of the 2013 1500’s changes lie beneath its skin, Ram subtly tweaked the truck’s styling for some freshness. The grille is taller and the front bumper is new, plus previously optional quad halogen headlights are now standard across the 1500 line, as are LED tail lights. Also new is a headlight option that includes LED indicators and side markers. All eleven (!) of the 2012’s models and packages will carry over for 2013. Buyers will again have a choice of rear- or four-wheel-drive; regular, Quad, or four-door Crew Cabs; and short, medium, and long bed lengths. A new bed and cab configuration – the mid-length six-foot, four-inch bed with the four-door Crew Cab – and newly available rain-sensing windshield wipers, and power-folding mirrors round out the 1500’s exterior updates.

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2013 Ram 1500 Interior

Inside, Ram overhauled the cabin with new materials and has improved the fit and finish. Chrysler’s latest UConnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen is available, as is a multifunction seven-inch TFT screen that replaces the gauge cluster. One particularly neat touch is the expansion of the truck’s central locking functionality from the doors to also include the tailgate and Rambox bed compartments.


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2013 Ram 1500 Engine

The big news for the 2013 Ram surrounds fuel economy and includes some major powertrain revisions and additional tech. At the low end, Chrysler’s Pentastar V-6 now handles base-engine duties. Compared with last year’s 215-hp, 3.7-liter lump of a V-6, the new engine makes 90 more hp and 34 additional lb-ft of torque for new totals of 305 and 269. The Pentastar comes mated exclusively to an equally new, ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission Ram has dubbed—with some historical pomp—the “TorqueFlite 8.” The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 carries over for 2013, but nets an additional five hp for a new total of 395. The  310-hp, 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 will again be available as well. Both V-8s hook up to a standard six-speed automatic, but the Hemi will receive a version of the eight-speed as an option sometime early next year.

Models equipped with the new eight-speed automatic dispense with column or console shifters, replacing them instead with a new rotary knob mounted on the center stack to the right of the steering wheel. Trucks with the six-speed automatic still get column shifters.

Ram also is rolling out several fuel-saving technologies. First up on the list is an active grille shutter that automatically opens and closes depending on the engine’s cooling needs and vehicle speed. We’ve seen these on several efficiency-minded sedans, but Ram’s is the first application on a pickup. A stop-start system that shuts down the engine when the truck comes to a stop will also be available; this will improve fuel economy by up to 1 mpg in city driving.

Next is a new, four-corner air suspension, adapted from the one available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has five ride-height settings: Normal, Aero, Off-Road 1, Off-Road 2, and Park. The Aero setting kicks in automatically at speed, lowering the truck 1.1 inches from Normal. Off-Road 1 raises the truck 1.2 inches, and Off-Road 2 brings a full 2.0-inch rise over the baseline Normal position. Park mode lowers the ride height 2.0 inches below Normal, giving occupants a lower step-in height and also providing easier access to the bed.

Any of the five ride-height settings can be manually selected via dash-mounted buttons or the key fob from outside the vehicle. The air suspenders also perform load-leveling tricks, helping to maintain a steady ride height front and rear, even when the truck is loaded up with cargo or a trailer. Ram does not yet know which 1500 models will be available with the grille shutters, stop-start system, or the air suspension; the features’ availability will be determined closer to the 2013 Ram’s on-sale date.

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2013 Ram 1500 at the New York Auto Show

The list of fuel-saving tech that Ram has declared will be standard includes new electric power steering, a variable-speed engine-cooling fan, and lighter-weight chassis and body components. The 2013 Ram 1500 gets a revised frame that’s stronger and  30 pounds lighter thanks to more-extensive use of high-strength steel. A new aluminum hood shaves 26 pounds of fat, new cross-members in the box floor of the bed save seven pounds, and four pounds were trimmed from the front bumper.

Additionally, the front suspension benefits from lighter aluminum upper and lower control arms. The eight-speed auto will come with a thermal-management system that heats up the transmission fluid after engine start-up, reducing parasitic losses from less-viscous cold tranny fluid until the fluid reaches normal operating temperature.

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Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group LLC

“For 2013, we looked at available technology and aligned systems with the goal of greatly improving fuel economy,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico — Chrysler Group LLC. “The Ram 1500 continues to build on segment exclusives, providing everything customers expect in a modern truck, while delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency, more technology, innovation and features.”

Pricing and availability of the aforementioned fuel-efficiency-boosting tech will be released closer to the updated truck’s on-sale date later this year. Of course, your Virginia Dodge Ram Dealer will keep you right up to speed.

SAFFORD Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg

Your Virginia Dodge Ram Dealer

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg VA

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122


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Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Fredericksburg

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg VA

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122


ram mobile app

Safford of Fredericksburg Ram owners know a thing or two about carrying tools. Whether hauling a trailer or filling their RamBox® with equipment for the worksite, our Safford drivers use their trucks as mobile business centers. They’re a resourceful bunch, and a group that’s on-the-go and getting the job done, which is why Chrysler Group created the innovative Ram Toolbox app for your smartphone. Now you have another “essential tool” right at your fingertips, where you need it, when you need it.

Just like an owner’s manual, the app features vehicle operations, instrument panel explanations, and warranty information, plus you can:

  • View videos and detailed photos
  • Get Mopar® accessories and Ram Gear
  • Connect with Ram social media sites, like FacebookTwitter, and Google+

Certain applications are available for iPhone® and iPad® mobile devices, BlackBerry® smartphones, or for the Android™ mobile platform, and are available in English and Spanish languages. Now you can stay on the job, and stay connected. Details and downloads at

More on the All-New 2012 RAM 1500:
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Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg, Virginia is pleased to announce that truck lovers will be impressed with the all-new 2012 Ram 1500!

The 2012 Ram 1500 comes in Regular Cab, Quad Cab® and Crew Cab models, with three box lengths: 8-foot (Regular Cab), 6-foot-4-inches (Regular Cab and Quad Cab), and 5-foot-7-inches (Ram 1500 Crew Cab).

The new Ram 1500 offers a variety of models for customers who rely on their trucks for work and play. Eleven trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance: Tradesman, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.

“The Ram 1500 lineup has a truck for everyone,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC. “From the value-priced Tradesman with a standard V-8 to the loaded Laramie Longhorn, Ram Truck brand will continue to answer our customers’ needs with products that hit high marks for durability, innovation and appearance.”

Ram 1500 Continues to Offer Innovative Features and Products including:

New six-speed automatic transmission calibration with Electronic Range Select (ERS)
New torque converter with increased efficiency for improved fuel economy
New steering wheel with cruise control buttons
New 2012 colors: Black Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red, Deep Molten Red, Sagebrush, True Blue Pearl and Tequila Sunrise
5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 provides more horsepower (390 hp), torque (407 lb.-ft.) and 20 mpg
Premium seating, soft-touch materials, easy-to-use controls, floor console with shifter, and numerous storage options
More than 30 safety features, including standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system and electronic stability program with Hill-start Assist and Trailer-sway Control
Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Proudly Announce: The New 2012 Ram 1500 Wins’s Best $30,000 Truck Shootout!

The shootout put five pickups that cost no more than $30,000 in head-to-head testing to determine which was the best bang for a shopper’s buck. The Ram took the title because of its outstanding performance in payload capacity, 0-60 testing and handling as well as its impressive array of features for the price. Overall, the Ram not only outperformed the other four trucks, but it also had the fewest sacrifices or compromises feature-wise.

Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Fredericksburg has a large selection of all-new 2012 Ram 1500 trucks in stock and available for purchase. Visit our new inventory of 2012 Ram 1500 Trucks  today!

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Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM of Fredericksburg

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg

540 898 7200

The Dodge Ram Emerges from the Dark

As we discovered in a previous post, the 2012 Ram Laramie Limited Edition had some fun playing on the black sands of Hawaii this past week with some scantily clad Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models…..what’s not to like, huh? Here’s the final video as Antoinette Nikprelaj undresses the happy truck:

And here’s a little from behind the scenes…..more views of the model…..the 2012 Ram Laramie model, that is.

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Come see us at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Fredericksburg

for all of your Ram Truck needs…..supermodels not included. 😦

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122

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