Ram embraces SAE towing standards
Ram has become the first manufacturer to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE J2807 protocol for determining maximum tow ratings across the entire range of 2015 Ram 1500/2500/3500 pickup trucks. While Toyota has been using this SAE test spec since 2011 on its pickups, Ram is the first brand to include heavy-duty models.
The SAE J2807 standard employs a battery of objective performance criteria that more closely reflect real-world usage conditions to establish an official tow-rating number. Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand, says the firm's decision to go all-in for 2015 was the result of customer demand for more meaningful -- and verifiable -- comparative figures. It's a move that may spark similar adoption from other players in the lucrative pickup game.
In making this transition, Ram reports that existing max-tow ratings for all models was unchanged or actually increased. Its V6-powered half-ton 1500 pickups trucks -- gasoline and turbodiesel - lead the segment in fuel economy and towing capacity, the former with 25-mpg/7,600-pound ratings and the latter with 28-mpg/9,200-pound marks. The three-quarter-ton 2015 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty with its 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel boasts best-in-class tow (17,970 pounds) and payload (3,970) numbers while the one-ton Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with the 6.7-liter Cummins engine tops all of its Ford/GM HD rivals with a 30,000-pound maximum towing capacity.
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