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Dodge Announces 2003 Ram Heavy Duty Pricing
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Quad Cab SLT, Dual Rear Wheel
Auburn Hills, MI - Chrysler Group today announced pricing for the all-new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickups. The all-new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty debuts as the most powerful heavy-duty pickup on the market, and features a base Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,540 (plus $740 destination) that includes the legendary HEMI® V-8, which returns as the most powerful standard engine in the segment.

The toughest Dodge Ram trucks ever made need powertrains to match, and partnering the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI Magnum is the all-new 305 horsepower High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel, which delivers a class-leading 555 lb.-ft. and class-leading Gross Combined Weight Rating of 23,000 lbs.

"With a standard 5.7-liter HEMI Magnum V-8 and an available Cummins Turbo Diesel, the most powerful diesel engine available, Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks live up to their reputation as the most powerful, the longest lasting and the most capable line of pickups available on the planet," said Darryl Jackson, Vice President of Dodge Marketing. "The combination of those attributes with very competitive pricing, the 'Big Rig' styling introduced on Ram 1500 and exceptional interior packaging, make the new Dodge Ram Heavy Duty the benchmark of the heavy-duty segment."

Priced competitively, the 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty boasts the 345 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI Magnum as standard equipment, a full 100 horsepower increase over the previous standard V-8. Ram Heavy Duty also features standard air conditioning, the largest standard wheels and tires in the segment, the largest brakes in the segment equipped with standard four-wheel disc ABS.

Dodge Ram Heavy Duty was designed to be as durable as it is powerful, and Ram is the only truck in the heavy-duty segment to offer an industry-leading seven year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The warranty, which is fully transferable to subsequent owners at no extra cost, is provided free of charge. Components covered by the "7/70 Powertrain Warranty" include engines, transmissions/transaxles, transfer cases and axles.

The base price on the 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Regular Cab ST 2500 4x2, featuring standard HEMI Magnum power, is $23,280 ($740 destination charge included). A typically equipped Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Regular Cab ST 4x2 model is $24,365, only a $175 increase versus the 2002 model it replaces and, like all new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickups, featuring increased standard equipment. The 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 3500 Regular Cab ST 4x2 has a base price of $25,165. Typically equipped to the consumer, the price is $26,259, up just $175 versus the 2002 Heavy Duty 3500.

Featuring a host of new standard equipment offerings, the all-new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty maintains the strong market position established by the new Dodge Ram 1500, which was ranked first in owner satisfaction in AutoPacific Inc.'s 2002 Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) study. Dodge Ram Heavy Duty also boasts an additional three inches of cab space on the Regular Cab models and is the only Regular Cab that can fit a set of golf clubs behind the seats. Ram Quad Cab™ models also feature substantially increased interior room and the added versatility of four, real doors.

The all-new 2003 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty trucks are produced at the Company's Saltillo, Mexico and St. Louis North Assembly Plants.