Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com
Earlier today, Fiat-Chrysler introduced their new 2019 RAM 1500 Pickup. We have more on the all new RAM here, but one thing caught our eye and we wanted to talk about it right away. The 2019 RAM's optional 12-inch Uconnect infotainment system.
We were all happy that Chevrolet upgraded the interface of the MyLink System for the 2019 Silverado. That said, the brand didn't upgrade the screen or make it any larger than the last generation. To be fair, 8-inches is right in line with the market as it sits today. Ford certainly didn't offer anything larger, so Chevy apparently didn't see the need to go bigger or better with MyLink for the next generation Silverado. That might not have been a great idea.
The new (and highly optional) UConnect seems like it was plucked straight from a Tesla. In comparison, 2019 MyLink looks like it was pulled from a Step 2 Playset Manual. Take a look for yourself.
2019 RAM 12-inch UConnect vs 2019 Silverado MyLink
2019 RAM Uconnect 12 inch vs 8.4 inch
2019 RAM Uconnect 12 inch Interface
Of course, we've yet to actually use this new 12-inch system but we've been impressed with RAM's smaller 8.4-inch screen and interface for some time. What do you think? Does the 2019 Silverado have enough with an 8-inch MyLink System or does the 2019 RAM blow it away?
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Ram launched its new 1500 today at the Detroit Auto show. Highlights of the launch include a new eTorque mild hybrid system that increases payload by 22% and towing capability by 20% due to its significant torque increases at low RPM.
The New Ram also has a class-leading infotainment setup that takes FCA’s already popular UConnect system to a place no other truck seems to be in terms of size. The new Ram also has revised air suspension options, more high strength steel in its frame and other key areas which brings down weight, and is longer, wider and more aerodynamic than the outgoing model.
Does the new Ram sound to you in some ways like the new Silverado? If so, watch the launch video and it will sound even more similar since its launch host also has a foreign accent, just like the two hosts of the Silverado launch event! Rule Britannia!
“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers. The Ram 1500 stands out as the benchmark in a very competitive segment.”
The new Ram has many other interesting tidbits added. Ram says there are now 100 safety features to bore you. One plus of the new mild hybrid system is that when the truck shuts off (yup, stop-start), the new system is what powers the re-start. The parking brake is now electronic. There is a new 4X4 off-road package with cool stuff.
Both Ford and GM are bragging that their new diesel engines now to Ram’s. However, Ram made sure to point out that its 1500 has a new diesel engine coming in 2019 that will “Regain all of its titles.” It sounds like 2019 is the year of the diesel.
The new Ram has many very specific improvements we will explore in the coming week with focus stories and comparison and contrast stories showing where Silverado stands among the new lineup of trucks for 2019.
Check out our focus on the UConnect infotainment system here.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
From January through November, GM increased exports of its vehicles from Mexico by 26%. The largest import market for those vehicles is, of course, the United States. General Motors is the largest exporter of vehicles from Mexico. Nissan makes more vehicles in Mexico, but more stay in the country for domestic consumption.
During the second half of 2017, Canadian workers at one key GM plant went on strike over job guarantees that their jobs building the hot new Equinox compact crossover would not go south to Mexico like the GMC Terrain had. Union representatives pointed out that workers in Mexico have a lower cost to GM and wanted the company to promise not to shift work there. GM did not make that promise, and as crazy as this might sound, increased the Canadian workers' pay to kick that can down the road a bit longer.
In stark contrast to GM's big Mexican export increases in 2017, Ford's exports from Mexico dropped. One reason for that is Ford had been making mostly cars in Mexico and cars have jumped the shark. GM makes trucks and crossovers in Mexico. Overall, about 14% of all the light trucks and cars in the U.S. in 2017 were built in Mexico.
What's up ya'll. I've had my front and rear Rough Country floor mats in my 2014 Silverado Double Cab for a bit over a year. I shot a quick update video to show you guys how they are holding up and protecting my floors
Buildings going down, People screaming. the footage is just horrible
I was just lucky my house resisted the tremor, and that none of family members were harmed, but thats not the case for thousands of people who tonight will sleep on a shelter, with nothing.
Another Big earthquake just hit us, here in Mexico. I'm sharing this video to create awareness, and to implore that anyone who can, please support disaster relief efforts and donate, or at least share this video so it reaches anyone who can.
We will greatly appreciate it.
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