Ram,Technology | March 01 2018

Truck Thursday: 2019 Ram 1500 shakes it up for the long haul

High-strength steel, hydraulic cab mounts, 5-link suspension, Frequency Response Damping shocks. Yup! This week’s Truck Thursday is going underneath that beautiful ‘skin’ of the 2019 Ram 1500 for a look at how a durability ‘shake-up’ plays a big role in this all-new truck’s ‘no compromise’ durability promise.

The Road Test Simulator is a key part of durability testing at CTC. While it might sound tame and routine, once the simulator was up and running, the all-new Ram 1500 was subjected to months of extreme ‘shake, rattle, and roll’ punishment, much more intense than an average driver would experience, to make sure this truck will deliver uncompromising strength and durability over a lifetime of ownership.

FCA US test development engineer Jeff Walz takes us into the Road Test Simulator lab for a closer look at the 2019 Ram 1500 being subjected to a series of punishing tests programmed from real-life road tests at the company’s Chelsea Proving Grounds.

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!