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FCA Presents The New Ram Heavy Duty and Jeep Gladiator & Sponsors SAMA's March 2019 Luncheon

What began as a 1925 private residence for aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss became a cultural, civic and community center for Miami Springs and a picturesque venue for SAMA’s March luncheon.

The 21-acre complex was an ideal setting for Ram and Jeep to show off their new wheels and sponsor an enjoyable afternoon following a brief business meeting. President Paul Borden took credit for the pleasant weather and recognized Kimberly Shults, FCA US South Region PR and her team of presenters Jeff Johnson and Kevin Best.

Prominently displayed in the front courtyard were the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty, all new 2020 Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler mild hybrid 2.0-liter.Johnson, Ram senior HD brand manager, pointed out that 2018 saw HD truck market share increase from 18 to 27 percent and nearing 30 percent this year. First to break through the 1,000 ft.-lb torque barrier, tow more than 35,000 pounds with 7,600 pound payload, the new Ram combines capability with luxury amenities.

High on the list is a trailer reverse camera offering multiple views to clear the way and a bed lowering mode that allows driver seat control to automatically lower the tailgate while hooking up or disconnecting hitch. Best introduced the new Gladiator, an all-new Jeep truck, filling a nearly three decade void since the Comanche platform was retired in 1992.


While there is a resemblance to the Wrangler from the bed forward, Best was quick to add the Gladiator is all new with unique features inside and out. It also becomes the only midsize convertible top truck in the marketplace. Stats say it all with up to 30 inches of water fording, unmatched crawl ratios, best in class towing with 7,650 pounds with a payload capacity of up to 1,600 pounds. The Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual ora 3.0-liter eco-diesel V6 with an eight-speed automatic available soon.

Test drives of the Ram HD and Jeep Wrangler brought lots of takers. Kudos to Kimberly and her team for bringing a top-notch presentation to our doorstep. Bill Adam reported on the success of last week's car show at the Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida main campus in Kendall. A plethora of exotic cars joined an already impressive list of wheels to bring joy to the hearts of approximately 60 youthful patients age 5-15 undergoing treatment at the state of the art facility.

By Len Ingrassia
Automotive columnist