Dodge Makes Statement at North American International Auto Show

New light-duty pickup could be the shape of things to come.

The North American International Auto Show kicks off this week, and apparently they started with a cattle drive. Or rather the new Chrysler LLC started with a Dodge Truck cattle drive as the new 2009 Dodge pickup was unveiled.

This new truck has a lot of design cues and features that show the company is continuing to evolve a machine that has been a solid performer for the company. The light-duty truck is also usually the first one changed before modifications are made to the heavy duty - and larger - models Dodge offers.

The new Dodge Ram 1500 for 2009 gets an even more aggressive look, a lowered drag coefficient and a long list of creature comforts. And the cattle in the background were part of the drive that brought the trucks to the North American International Auto Show in Detriot.

This new truck has a host of new features including a cargo handling system for the bed, a 380-horsepower Hemi engine, and a redesigned cab interior that tends toward even more creature comforts. That big-muscle Hemi is promising a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds, according to Chrysler press reports.

While a light-duty truck isn't about getting work done on the farm, for a lot of folks they are a vehicle of choice for transportation. And if this 2009 light duty is any indication, the bigger machines are in for another change soon too. The video link below is from the Chrysler cattle drive that happened over the weekend and is provided by Crysler.


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