Fiat Chrysler Rolls Out 1500 TRX Ram Pick-Up

Fiat Chrysler’s timing when it comes to big, beefy vehicles is amazing with the latest example occurring earlier today.

Fiat Chrysler Ram brand got some great news when its new 1500 TRX was named on of three final choices for the 2021 North American Truck of the Year.

The 1500 TRX sports a 6.20liter supercharged Hemi V-8 giving 702 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The TRX can do zero to sixty in just 4.5 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. It has an official top speed of 118mph.

The Launch Edition, starting with Vin # 1, will include just 702 trucks built. They will be painted in an exclusive Anvil Gray paint job. The interior will include a brushed aluminum and red center console badge noting the special model run.

The Launch Edition will also come standard with the TRX Level 2 Equipment Group which means it’ll include carbon fiber interior trim, a color accent package, HUD, beadlock-capable wheels, Harman Kardon premium sound with 19 speakers, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, hood and body side graphics, and Advanced Safety Group.

Fiat Chrysler said the model sold out, that is 702 trucks, in less than three hours.


A Different Way to Car Shop

While a new car or truck is always exciting, Jody and I think most of us dread actually going through the process of shopping for one with all the dealerships, slick suits and practiced smiles. But for celebrities like Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon it can become a game and a gimmick for one’s media platform. Fallon has used his search for a new truck as part of his show since early March.

Announcing his search on air incited a riot of social media activity from Ford, Chevy, and RAM. RAM actually going so far as to park a Ram 1500 outside of 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City where the Tonight Show is filmed.

More recently in April Fallon announced his decision to shop for a Ford F150 King Ranch. He invited 10 dealer reps from around the US to participate in a game he called “Fingers on 4×4” in which each dealer had to keep their hands on Jimmy’s King Ranch for as long as possible. The prize? The glory of selling Jimmy Fallon a Ford F150 King Ranch.

Just after 12pm on Wednesday, April 2nd Pete Porzio from Frankfort’s Currie Motors won Jimmy’s challenge.

Watch the videos and find more details here.

Joe Victor

New Diesel Cars for 2014

The Victor crew
found that has a list of new 2014 Diesel cars for better fuel efficiency. Here they are:

Audi – 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesels:
Audi A6 TDI mid-size sedan – for 29 mpg starts at $57,500
Audi A7 4-door coupe – 29 mpg starts at $66,900
Audi A8 large luxury sedan – 28 mpg starts at $82,500

BMW – 180 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel
3-series sport sedan – 32 mpg city; 45 mpg highway; slightly lower with xDrive all-wheel drive option; starts at $39,525 without xDrive; another $2000 with
3-series Sports Wagon – up to 43 mpg; only comes with xDrive; starts at $43,875

Chevrolet – 151 hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel four cylinder:
Cruze Diesel – starts at $25,695; 27 pmg city; 46 mpg highway

Jeep – 240 hp 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesel
Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel – 21 mpg city; 28 mpg highway;

Ram (formerly Dodge Truck) – 240 hp 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesel
1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck – priced $2,850 higher than Ram 1500 gasoline

Ride on.
~Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor®: Best Cars for Summer Sports II

Summer is just around the corner so if you have a favorite activity you like to do all summer long you may want to choose your vehicle to match your sport. I aksed Jody Victor  to tell us more about it from an article by Claire Martin of MSN Autos and

Jody Victor: Hey Joe, it certainly makes your activities a lot more fun when the vehicle you use gets you there and back with ease. Here’s the last five that could make your weekend fun, even more fun!

Kayaking | Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is watertight, thanks to a special hot-wax treatment that fills in the tiniest nooks and crannies, which means no rust, even if you routinely expose your car to saltwater and sea air while traveling to your favorite kayaking destinations. Heavy-duty floor mats and a trunk liner keep your wetsuit and other gear from wetting down the fabric or carpeting after a paddling session. Roof rails accommodate an aftermarket kayak rack, and the panoramic sunroof lets your passengers keep an eye on your boat while you drive.

ATV Riding | Ford F-250 Super Duty

Few pickup trucks have beds long enough to accommodate an all-terrain vehicle without the tailgate down. The F-250 Super Duty, with an 8-foot bed, is one such vehicle. This allows you to load your ATV with several inches of room to spare. The F-250’s V8 engine also makes it well-qualified for towing, if that’s your preference. Telescopic rearview mirrors let you keep an eye on your trailer. A 6-speed automatic transmission helps you navigate the diciest of terrain as you make your way to sand dunes or desert flats.

Rock Climbing | Subaru Forester

The Forester has just the right amount of room for ropes, carabiners, shoes and a cooler to store après-climb refreshments. The extra ground clearance is essential for when you tackle dry riverbeds or seemingly vertical mountain roads to get to the best climbing spots. The car’s symmetrical all-wheel drive (as opposed to a front-wheel-drive car with added rear-wheel capabilities, or vice versa) provides peace of mind along the way.

Sailing | GMC Yukon Denali XL

When you’re hauling boats, you need the extra horsepower of a vehicle such as the Yukon Denali XL. With a 6.2-liter V8 engine that provides 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, you won’t have to worry about whether it can handle your diminutive Sunfish sailboat or a bigger yacht. With a cargo area that’s 81 inches long and that boasts 109 cubic feet of storage space, you’ll have plenty of room for your sailing gear and other accessories. An integrated trailer-brake controller helps you apply the appropriate amount of brake force when you have a boat in tow.

Fishing | Ram 1500

Fishing is dirty business. You need some serious cargo space for rods, tackle, buckets, bait and all the other gear for a day out on the water, and you want it to be ventilated — fish stink. And if you’re going fly-fishing in some remote locale, you’ll need something pretty rugged to find the most productive fishing holes and tackle the dirt roads leading to them. The Ram 1500 is perfect. It is one of the most versatile half-ton pickups on the market, with plenty of power from the all-new 305-horsepower Pentastar V6, which is 20 percent more efficient than previous engines, a smooth ride on or off road, and slick styling. Plus, Ram offers some cool truck-bed storage options.

Thanks, Jody! We’ll be sure to check them all out!

Joe Victor