2013 Ram 1500 earns Truck of Texas honors

The TAWA nation has spoken. Ram, Jeep and Buick grabbed the top honors at the 20th annual Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo.

The ‘Truck of Texas’ bragging rights went to the 2013 Ram 1500, which features a new 3.6-liter V6 that boasts 42 percent more power, improved fuel economy, infotainment upgrades and available eight-speed automatic transmission and air suspension.

“Automotive reporters have reacted extremely favorably to the new 2013 Ram 1500, and our research tells us that resonates with truck buyers,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of Ram.

“Texas is Ram’s biggest market and we’ve worked relentlessly to build powerful trucks with best-in-class fuel economy and capability for our customers,” said Diaz, a favorite son of San Antonio. “The pickup market is fiercely competitive and we are proud the Texas Auto Writers have awarded Ram trucks with these coveted titles.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee repeats as the Lone Star writers’ choice as ‘SUV of Texas.’ Jeep’s 2013 model year contenders included a new variant — the off-road fortified Trailhawk — as well as the luxurious Overland Summit.

“We are absolutely delighted that Jeep has won the prestigious ‘SUV of Texas’ award three straight years,” said Mike Manley, Jeep’s president and CEO. “Even more impressive is the fact that Jeep vehicles came out on top in every category we entered. We are grateful that the influential Texas auto writers have once again recognized the unmatched combination of benchmark capability and outstanding everyday driving dynamics that Jeep vehicles offer.

“Texas is a tremendously important SUV market and we have proven that winning TAWA awards increases showroom traffic and increases sales. Through September of this year, Jeep brand sales are up 20 percent nationally, and nearly double that in Texas.”

Buick’s 2013 Enclave was crowned ‘CUV of Texas’ while the ‘Truck Line of Texas’ went to Ram trucks.

Fifty TAWA media members had more than 60 different vehicles to evaluate at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo, held at the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas. This year marked the debut of the Texas Auto Writers Association eBallot platform, where members used a customized electronic voting system developed with SimplyVoting of Montreal, Canada.

Award winners were selected by the members of the association using a Borda election method whereby the results were determined using points assigned to members’ first, second and third choices based on the number of entries for a particular category.Thisconsensus-based electoral system more accurately represents the opinions of the members of TAWA.

“There are really no losers in this event,” said Michael Herzing, president of TAWA. “The big winners are the consumers of Texas, the No. 1 state in the nation for trucks and sport utility vehicles.”

The other winning vehicles, by category:


Full-size sport utility vehicle: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mid-size sport utility vehicle: 2013 Jeep Wrangler

Compact sport utility vehicle: 2013 Ford Escape

Full-size luxury sport utility vehicle: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

Mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport


Full-size crossover utility vehicle: 2013 GMC Acadia

Mid-size crossover utility vehicle: 2013 GMC Terrain

Compact crossover utility vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Full-size luxury crossover utility vehicle: 2013 Buick Enclave

Mid-size luxury crossover utility vehicle: 2013 Cadillac SRX


Mid-size pickup truck: 2013 Toyota Tacoma

Full-size pickup truck: 2013 Ram 1500

Luxury pickup truck: 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

Heavy-duty pickup truck: 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Off-road truck: 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

-From Chrysler.com



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Lemon Twist on PowerBlock!

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This weekend PowerBlock Magazine’s West Coast reporter Jason Lewis manages to sit John Force down long enough for an interview with the world’s most successful racer. Jason caught up with the King of NHRA drag racing in his California shop. Plus we feature this gorgeous yellow Mopar. Owner David Ellison took a rough ’71 Cuda and dropped in a fresh 426 Hemi four speed cranking out 425 horsepower. The classic ‘70’s black leather interior is by Legendary and packs the signature pistol grip shifter. The ‘71’s are the only Cudas with the gill fenders, shark tooth grill and double headlights. This baby rides on Rally Wheels and Bridgestone rubber. Catch it all on October 20 & 21.

Chrysler releases sketches of what they’re introducing at SEMA

The biggest car event in the world is headed to SEMA in about a month, and American automakers are already giving previews to what they’re featuring.

Yesterday, Chrysler released sketches of select Moparized vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“At Mopar, we always look forward to the SEMA season,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The show is an opportunity for us to inspire owners to customize their vehicles, and it’s the perfect place to showcase our vast portfolio of quality-tested performance parts and accessories.”

The company will display more than 20 Moparized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the show.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Mopar brand.

-From Chrysler.com



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-From Chrysler.com

MyPowerBlock Member Jimmy Craig shows off Coronet burnout

Jimmy Craig has a 1966 Coronet he likes to show off. According to a picture of his ride on www.mypowerblock.com, it’s equipped with a 440 with an auto trans and a 4.10 sure grip.

The 1966 Dodge Coronet came in four trim styles that year, with the base option offering a 225 cid 6-cylinder engine. More than 250,000 were produced in ’66 with some of them packed with a 426-cid Hemi V8 engine.

In the video below, notice how a burnout bystander asks if Jimmy if he wants water, and he refuses. Check it out! And if you would like PowerBlock to feature your video, please post it to www.mypowerblock.com! You never know when we’ll feature YOU unless you post!



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Could the Barracuda be joining the Challenger in 2014?

An article on autorevolution suggests that the Barracuda could be joining, not replacing, the Challenger for 2014.

Specifics weren’t mentioned; however, the site says the Challenger wil get launch control to limit wheel spin and help the car get off the line quicker, and it will also have chassis improvements that include a shorter wheelbase and stiffer suspension.

The Barracuda may actually replace the Challenger SRT8 model so that only R/T models are available.

Photo Credit: Joan Morris on myPowerBlock.com

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