2013 SEMA Show: Ram HD Builds on Construction Lineage

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One of the most interesting and curious project trucks of the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show is in the Mopar booth, which is showcasing a Bulldozer Orange Ram 3500 regular cab pickup truck. It sports a Cummins engine and all sorts of Case branding.

For those who may not know, Case is the name of the heavy-duty agricultural (Case IH) and construction equipment (Case CE) sides of Fiat Industrial. Thirty years ago, Case merged with a portion of International Harvester, becoming Case IH, then fifteen years ago, after purchasing New Holland (which had both agricultural and construction divisions), Case CE was created. All of that is probably more than you needed to know but, clearly, the folks a Ram Truck wants us to see the strong and deep their work-duty roots run. 

This Case Ram is an interesting attempt to combine the strengths of both brands in a single “new” truck. Some may recall the Sterling Truck Co., owned by Daimler when it owned Chrysler, and the attempt Sterling made to use the heavy-duty Ram pickups for more commercially oriented customers. The co-branded trucks (then called Dodge) were on sale for less than 10 years and were eventually discontinued when Daimler sold Chrysler.

Beyond its dramatic color, the pickup bed uses a set of surf-style roof racks to secure oversized equipment as needed; it also offers lockable slide-out storage bins to safely carry tools and construction material. The Case Ram concept uses a Power Wagon hood for a little more drama up front, as well as several Case graphics around the lower valance of the pickup.

Of course, Mopar has accessorized this beast with heavy-duty running boards and splash guards behind the dualie wheels and tires, as well as a leveling kit and a unique Power Wagon-styled hood. The construction orange theme carries through inside the truck with Katzkin seat covers and door trim as well. Ram would not say what this pickup means for the future of Ram or Case CE, but it definitely is the buzz of the show floor.

(Editor's note: the text of this story has been modified to more accurately reflect the distinctions between the Case IH and Case CE divisions.)

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@US Jerseys,
This is the CAT truck they sell in Australia. I have seen a couple around.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GOKFrW61c6E/UBEXY-bGNRI/AAAAAAAAlrk/GQ_tciPfaAY/s1600/cat_truck_on_display_by_redtailfox-d3fuo2p.jpg
They are a rehashed Navistar.

What would be a real "Case" Truck if sold in the US
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3372/3590270054_8ca234af87.jpg

The European version(also sold here)
http://www.1zoom.net/big2/951/302592-Berserker.jpg

Powerstar 7800 with 600hp Cummins. IVECO desperately needs its own much larger than 13 Litre engine.
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/2028/lonf.jpg

Chrysler Group dominates this week's recall roundup, mainly due to a recall of approximately 1.2 million Ram trucks for a possible problem with the left tie-rod assembly. Additionally, Hyundai is recalling its Genesis models for a potential braking system issue. Following is a rundown of the past week's safety recalls, listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.

Chrysler Group-Various Models

Chrysler Group, maker of Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands in the United States, is recalling 620 vehicles equipped with its corporate 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine in order to replace the engine balance shaft modules. In the affected vehicles, abrasive material has contaminated the balance-shaft bearings, which could result in oil pressure loss, main bearing failure, and engine damage leading to an engine stall.

Models affected by this recall include the 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger, the 2013 Dodge Journey, and the 2014 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. A total of 525 200/Avenger vehicles, 54 Journey vehicles, and 41 Compass/Patriot vehicles require repair. Chrysler anticipates that repairs will begin in January. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

2013 Dodge Mopar '13 Dart


The special-edition 2013 Dodge Mopar '13 Dart  is the subject of a recall for a problem with its side-impact air bags. An outside company modified this model's unique front seats, and the side-impact restraint installation process was not consistently followed, which could lead to a reduction in air bag function.

A total of 421 vehicles are affected by the recall, half of which remain in dealer inventory. To resolve the problem, dealers will inspect the side-impact air bags. If they have not been properly installed, the dealer will re-install the air bags at no charge to the customer. Owners will be notified in December, and dealers may start inspections by the end of the year. Concerned owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee


A total of 91,559 Jeep Grand Cherokees built for the 2014 model year and assembled January 8, 2013, through August 20, 2013, are being recalled. In the affected vehicles, loose alternator ground wiring and software malfunctions may cause random illumination of warning lights and could cause the anti-lock braking system and stability and traction control systems to stop functioning.

Jeep dealers will update the Grand Cherokee's software and tighten the alternator ground wires at no cost to the vehicle's owner. The recall is expected to begin in November of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing Chrysler recall number N58 or NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V483.

2003-2012 Ram Trucks

Chrysler will recall and inspect 1.2 million Ram pickups built between the 2003 and 2012 model years in order to find approximately 475,000 of the vehicles that are equipped with left-side tie-rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or during subsequent dealer service. Misaligned tie-rods can lead to tie-rod failure and a loss of steering.

Three separate recall campaigns will be conducted for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other global markets. In the first, dealers will be inspecting approximately 842,000 units of the 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 in order to identify about 116,000 trucks that may require repair. In the second, dealers will be inspecting approximately 294,000 units of the 2008-2012 Ram 1500 MegaCab 4WD, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. In the third, 43,500 units of the 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 chassis cab models will be inspected.

Chrysler will notify truck owners of the recalls in December, and repairs are expected to begin in January. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V527.

2014 Ram Trucks


In a separate recall from the tie-rod issue described above, Chrysler is recalling 8,370 units of the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 built for the 2014 model year. In these vehicles, assembled July 1, 2013, through August 22, 2013, the instrument panel warning lights may illuminate at random intervals or may fail to illuminate to indicate a problem.

To resolve the problem, dealers will update the software that controls the lighting. The recall is expected to start in November of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing Chrysler recall number N59 or NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V486.

Chrysler Group dominates this week's recall roundup, mainly due to a recall of approximately 1.2 million Ram trucks for a possible problem with the left tie-rod assembly. Additionally, Hyundai is recalling its Genesis models for a potential braking system issue. Following is a rundown of the past week's safety recalls, listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer.

Chrysler Group-Various Models

Chrysler Group, maker of Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands in the United States, is recalling 620 vehicles equipped with its corporate 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine in order to replace the engine balance shaft modules. In the affected vehicles, abrasive material has contaminated the balance-shaft bearings, which could result in oil pressure loss, main bearing failure, and engine damage leading to an engine stall.

Models affected by this recall include the 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger, the 2013 Dodge Journey, and the 2014 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. A total of 525 200/Avenger vehicles, 54 Journey vehicles, and 41 Compass/Patriot vehicles require repair. Chrysler anticipates that repairs will begin in January. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

2013 Dodge Mopar '13 Dart


The special-edition 2013 Dodge Mopar '13 Dart  is the subject of a recall for a problem with its side-impact air bags. An outside company modified this model's unique front seats, and the side-impact restraint installation process was not consistently followed, which could lead to a reduction in air bag function.

A total of 421 vehicles are affected by the recall, half of which remain in dealer inventory. To resolve the problem, dealers will inspect the side-impact air bags. If they have not been properly installed, the dealer will re-install the air bags at no charge to the customer. Owners will be notified in December, and dealers may start inspections by the end of the year. Concerned owners can call Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee


A total of 91,559 Jeep Grand Cherokees built for the 2014 model year and assembled January 8, 2013, through August 20, 2013, are being recalled. In the affected vehicles, loose alternator ground wiring and software malfunctions may cause random illumination of warning lights and could cause the anti-lock braking system and stability and traction control systems to stop functioning.

Jeep dealers will update the Grand Cherokee's software and tighten the alternator ground wires at no cost to the vehicle's owner. The recall is expected to begin in November of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing Chrysler recall number N58 or NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V483.

2003-2012 Ram Trucks

Chrysler will recall and inspect 1.2 million Ram pickups built between the 2003 and 2012 model years in order to find approximately 475,000 of the vehicles that are equipped with left-side tie-rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or during subsequent dealer service. Misaligned tie-rods can lead to tie-rod failure and a loss of steering.

Three separate recall campaigns will be conducted for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other global markets. In the first, dealers will be inspecting approximately 842,000 units of the 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 in order to identify about 116,000 trucks that may require repair. In the second, dealers will be inspecting approximately 294,000 units of the 2008-2012 Ram 1500 MegaCab 4WD, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. In the third, 43,500 units of the 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and Ram 5500 chassis cab models will be inspected.

Chrysler will notify truck owners of the recalls in December, and repairs are expected to begin in January. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V527.

2014 Ram Trucks


In a separate recall from the tie-rod issue described above, Chrysler is recalling 8,370 units of the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 built for the 2014 model year. In these vehicles, assembled July 1, 2013, through August 22, 2013, the instrument panel warning lights may illuminate at random intervals or may fail to illuminate to indicate a problem.

To resolve the problem, dealers will update the software that controls the lighting. The recall is expected to start in November of 2013. Owners with questions can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403, referencing Chrysler recall number N59 or NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V486.

ALOT of Case Tractors have Cummins diesels in it it makes a perfect match plus Fiat owns case and new holland so :p

As a commercial hauler, I have a need for a light duty truck that does not break the bank. I pull just 1000 pounds in an enclosed 14' trailer; total weight about 3500 lbs. Fuel mileage is very important to me, as it means the difference in the bottom line. I have in the ten years of pulling this account tried everything imaginable to make the most per mile driven. Originally I used my old Freight-shaker with an old Fed-Ex pup; I owned it and it was paid for. I could baby it at 55 and pull 8-9 mpg. Most weeks I was lucky to net .30 a mile. I sold that set-up and bought a year old 2004 GMC 1500 (Gas) and a Haulmark 14'. To my surprise it bested only 11 mpg and rattled like hell after two years. Next I got a 2008 Ford F-150 (5.4) and another 14' Haulmark and averaged 13 mpg. Was great till it ran out of warranty... Then it left me on the side of the road 11 times in less than 3 months. In 2009 I bought another Ford F-150 (slow learner here) and at 1200 miles I was in a rental truck for 7 weeks while Ford tried to figure out what went wrong. After getting an attorney involved, the dealer finally took truck back and set me up with a new 2010 F-150. 11 mpg... Wtf? After 6 months I could not take it any more and went looking. I settled on a 2010 Ram 1500 5.7. I got 14 mpg and it did nothing wrong. I February 2014 I retired that truck with 300,000 miles on it with no major break downs and only a small amount of wear on the paint. My new 2014 Ram 1500 Express SB 5.7 8 speed 4x4 w/Black package pulls my 2014 Haulmark 14' (Black) at 70mph and has averaged 16 mpg and has had no problems at all. I paid $29000 for a truck that has every available option; which is $5000 less than my bow tie buddies paid for less equipped trucks that are getting 13 mpg running the same routes and weights. One of them just ordered a similar Ram to what I have, though he was not a fan of the black wheels; he likes chrome. To thoughts naysayers out there, don't get so hung up on labels or you may miss out on a good thing. And to the, "I don't buy a truck unless someone I have never met says it is a good deal" guys out there, you know they ALL get paid OR special deals to say this is better than that, right? F#@k those guys, they are keyboard warriors and have no idea how working men use a truck. Now get off the computer thing and get to work.



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