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The Model Line-up Of The New Merged GM & Chrysler: Part XII - Dodge Trucks

Updated on October 13, 2008

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 $21,270

Oh, how I'd like to eliminate full size pickup trucks from the North American mentality, but I realize that there is just no way in hell that will ever happen. If there has to be full size pickup truck line in the General Motors / Chrysler Corporation model range, then by all means the Dodge Ram family has to be the one, taking precedence over the repulsive lozenge styled Chevrolet versions. The current 3.7 litre V6 is more than enough motor for anyone who is not trying to pull a 42 foot fifth wheel up the Rockies, so the larger engines really should be reserved for the 2500 and 3500 heavy duty commercial models.

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2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 $29,335

I've never really understood the market necessity for the 2500 series pickup trucks. It seems to me that the lower end can be filled by the 1500s and the higher end by the 3500s, so this is just a relatively useless middle point truck that no one really needs. Therefore, for the sake of simplifying our new General Motors / Chrysler Corporation lineup, let's eliminate it.

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2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 $32,340

Yes, there has to be a place in the new General Motors / Chrysler Corporation dealership for a massively huge pickup truck to keep all the ranchers, contractors, and trailer pullers happy. The 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 is the vehicle that fits the bill, and is available in a wide variety of two and four door versions with two different sizes of bed, RWD and 4WD, as well as in a four wheel and dually chassis. There have to be two engines available, one a gasoline and the other the incredibly capable and durable bulletproof Cummins Diesel.

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2009 Dodge Sprinter $42,150

This supervan has to be the best kept secret in the North American auto industry. I can't for the life of me understand why there are any vans on the road other than the Sprinter. Available in a variety of sizes and styles as well as heights (!!!) and with engines that include the very reasonable 3 litre turbo diesel (but should include the positively superlative Mercedes Benz 2148 cc four cylinder OM 646 engine that is so popular across the pond), this is one fantastic and incredibly spacious van for anything from people hauling to cargo hauling. It's a bit on the pricy side, but given that it's really a Mercedes Benz truck, you certainly can't argue with the quality and value!

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2009 Dodge Sprinter Cargo $38,425

As the slightly cheaper and windowless version of the regular Sprinter, everything stated above goes in spades!

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Dodge became famous as a truck builder and it is the destiny of the brand name to return to those glory days. In the newly merged General Motors / Chrysler Corporation, Dodge will only be a truck brand, and will specialize in providing recreational and business truck owners with the best that the North American automaker can produce.

Continued in Part XIII

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