Design,Ram,Technology,Uconnect | October 04 2018

Truck Thursday: ‘Top 10’ honors for the 2019 Ram 1500

WardsAuto editors made it official on October 2, 2018, when the 2019 Ram 1500 was named to the publication’s 10 Best User Experience List.

WardsAuto editors put 25 vehicles through an extensive user experience. The all-new Ram 1500 emerged a ‘Top 10’ in user friendliness, infotainment features, sound systems, vehicle connectivity, driver assistance technology, information and displays, system compatibility, voice control, materials and overall value.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was designed to be the most technologically advanced pickup ever …,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Brand. That includes the new state-of-the-art, fourth-generation Uconnect system with class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display, Sirius XM with 360L, a Harman Kardon audio system with 19 premium speakers, a nav system that accommodates one-step voice-controlled destination entry and 3-D navigation map graphics.

A 360-degree Surround View Camera system is an added feature this year on the Ram 1500 that gives both driver and passengers a bird’s-eye view of everything immediately around the vehicle via four cameras positioned around the vehicle.

2019 Ram 1500 360-degree Surround View Camera system.

FCA designers Vince Galante, Chief Designer, User Experience and Ryan Nagode, Chief Designer, Truck,Commercial & Performance Interior, accepted the Wards 10 Best UX trophy from Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor, who summed up the honor by saying, “the Ram 1500 earned Wards 10 Best Interiors honors earlier this year and now lands a Wards 10 Best UX trophy because its user experience is unparalleled among full-size pickup trucks.”

FCA Designers Vince Galante (left) and Ryan Nagode (holding trophy) with WardsAuto managing editor Tom Murphy at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. Photo courtesy of Joe Wilssens.

Wards 10 Best UX trophy awarded to the 2019 Ram 1500 October 2, 2018. Photo courtesy of Joe Wilssens.

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!