The first of US truck brand RAM’s new NZ (RHD) market 4x4 trucks went on display here at the National Farm Fieldays on Wednesday June 15 with new importer American Special Vehicles promising a regular supply of 2500 and 3500 series trucks for sale here.
American Special Vehicles is a new venture combining the resources of Ateco Automotive and the Walkinshaw Automotive Group.
Since its launch as a stand-alone division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in 2009, the RAM truck brand now enjoys US sales of over 40,000 trucks per month.
The ASV RAM trucks are imported to Australia ex-factory in left-hand-drive. The Walkinshaw Automotive Group then converts them to right-hand-drive for sale in Australia and New Zealand on a purpose-built production line in Melbourne.
Powered by a 6.7 litre Cummins turbo diesel engine producing 276kW and 1084Nm of torque, a RAM Truck can carry or tow up to 6989kg (RAM 2500) and 6170kg ( RAM 3500). Payload is 913kg for the RAM 2500 and 1713kg for the RAM 3500.
All that power and weight is fed to the road via a 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission and BorgWarner BW 44-46 transfer case using electronic shift-on-the-fly engineering with three operating ranges plus neutral and a low range reduction ratio of 2.64:1.
Right-hand-drive RAM trucks engineered by American Special Vehicles are covered by a comprehensive three year, 100,000km warranty along with full parts and service support.
Further information in regard to model range, specification, pricing and the RAM dealer network is available at www.ramtrucks.co.nz