The Evolution of RAM Trucks

By: Brenden Somerville   |   21 Nov 2017
ram 1500 timeline

Whether you look back at the ‘80s with joy or contempt, there is something that came from that glorious decade that we all have to appreciate: the Dodge Ram. The year was 1981 and it was high time for Ford and Chevy trucks to meet a new competitor. Here we are 36 years later and RAM has turned into a full line of some of the most durable, sought after trucks on the market. Here is a quick history of the Dodge Ram (now know as RAM  Trucks).

1981 dodge ram 150

First Generation

Starting in 1981, the first Dodge Ram trucks were wide, low-to-the-ground pickups that had a classic design which can still be recognized to this day. These first models were designated the 150 (½ ton), 250 (¾ ton), and the 350 (1 ton). Ram trucks were officially here and making their mark.

1994 dodge ram 1500

Second Generation

In 1994 those model names received an extra zero; the now famous 1500, 2500, and 3500 models were released and they were immediately popular. Known as the “semi-truck” look, these big, rugged pickups were a revelation in pickup design. In 1994 Dodge also introduced its popular 8.0L V10 engine.

2003 dodge ram 1500

Third Generation

In 2002/2003 the new millennium was still pretty, well, new. It was the perfect time to release the next generation of Dodge Ram trucks. The improvements on the older generations included an all-new frame, suspension, powertrains, interior options, and sheet metal. Yes, Dodge Ram trucks in the early ‘00s were a force to be reckoned with.

2017 ram 1500

Fourth Generation

In 2009, with the decade coming to an end, Dodge made some big changes. RAM Trucks officially became its own division which brought the smaller Dakota truck models under the RAM brand. Design changes in the RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500 included smart, sensible additions like the new Hemi engine options, in-bed storage options, upgraded suspensions, and other key details.

RAM trucks continue to be updated and improved, and what is being planned for the Fifth Generation of trucks is anyone’s guess. What is clear is the fact that RAM Trucks have always been built with the customer in mind, so look forward to many years of awesome trucks to come. Know what else is pretty clear? You can’t go wrong with a RAM.

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