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Dodging Excellence: 2019 Dodge RAM Woes Continue

2019 Dodge RAM

An impressive exterior isn’t enough to get the 2019 Dodge RAM series off the ground.

The 2019 Dodge RAM is currently experiencing production issues due to delayed EPA certification.

First reported by Auto Week, the hiccup has affected all 2019 Dodge RAM models minus the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 two and four-wheel drive versions, marking five months of holdups since production began. As of this writing, dealerships have not received either the 3.6-liter V-6 version or the 5.7-liter V-8 with the mild-hybrid 48-volt belt-start generator.

2019 Dodge RAM interior

An impressive interior isn’t enough to get the 2019 Dodge RAM series off the ground.

Worth the Risk?

Now, market share is at risk, with its closest competitor, the Chevrolet Silverado likely to remain comfortably ahead in terms of overall sales. Not to mention Ford seeing an uptick in pickup truck sales with its Ford F-150 line. This has also affected existing sales, with the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 suffering a 9 percent drop in April even with Fiat Chrysler inflating sales using loaner fleets.

In May, issues at its Sterling Heights Assembly plant outside Detroit also stalled production due to supplier difficulty in manufacturing parts for two different all-new RAM 1500 pickup truck models, along with a reported electrical issue affecting some models like crew cab and Rebel.

As a result, FCA revised its production calendar to accommodate two 10-hour shifts a day, seven days a week to boost production through Labor Day. Currently, the all-new RAM trucks line is raring to get out its updated model with healthy specs like blind-spot monitoring, flat-load floor, Apple Carplay, an updated center console, 12-inch touchscreen, grille shutters, Four-Corner air suspension, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof.

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