Motor Trend magazine has named the 2014 Ram 1500 pickup “Truck of the Year.”
The announcement was made by the magazine’s editors and Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne to workers at the company’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant.
It was the first time any truck had won the coveted award two years in a row. The 2013 Ram 1500 took the title last year.
“For 2014 we had a large and highly competitive field of contenders,” said Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, in a statement. “At the end of the day, though, the Ram 1500 quickly rose to the top. Not only did it withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and, most notable, its fuel-efficient, segment-exclusive EcoDiesel V-6.”
Marchionne told workers at the factory that they would each receive a $500 bonus for the accomplishment.
“Half-ton truck customers have been asking for a diesel engine and Ram is the only truck manufacturer to answer the bell and deliver not only best-in-class fuel economy but also 9,200 pounds of towing capability,” said Ram brand chief Reid Bigland. “In a brutally competitive truck industry, the Ram 1500 is the only vehicle to ever win the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award two years in a row, reaffirming the fact that we have the best truck on the road.”