Chrysler, Ram racks up awards in Texas

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Ram’s diesel powered truck continues to make the rounds on the awards circuit. 

The Ram 1500 diesel pickup was crowned the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Monday, making the second time Ram has picked up the honor – but the first time for a diesel. 

The award is a major milestone victory for Ram in a battleground state. Texas is the top market for pickup trucks.

The Longhorn State’s auto writers were particularly kind to Ram this year, also awarding the 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Longhorn to as best Heavy duty pickup truck while Best commercial vehicle honors went to the 2014 Ram Promaster Cargo van.

More than 40 TAWA members cast their votes this weekend after a two-day competition involving on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. Chrysler vehicles took 15 of the 24 awards. 

“There’s no doubt that innovative powertrains, impressive designs and new technologies are paying off for these brands,” says Michael Marrs, TAWA president. “A total of 63 pickups, SUVs and crossover vehicles were entered in this year’s rodeo.

Chrysler Group vehicles receiving awards at the 21st annual TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo were:

  • Truck of Texas: 2014 Ram 1500
  • SUV of Texas: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Full-size Truck of Texas: 2014 Ram 1500
  • Heavy Duty Truck of Texas: 2014 Ram 2500
  • Luxury Truck of Texas: 2014 Ram 1500
  • Commercial Vehicle of Texas: 2014 Ram ProMaster
  • Truck Line of Texas: Ram Trucks
  • Compact SUV of Texas: 2014 Jeep Cherokee 
  • Full-size SUV of Texas: 2014 Dodge Durango
  • Mid-Size SUV of Texas: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Luxury Mid-size SUV of Texas: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
  • Off-road Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2014 Jeep Wrangler
  • Best Powertrain: Jeep/Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel
  • Best Connectivity: Chrysler Group UConnect
  • Best Technology: Ram 2500 five-link coil rear suspension