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The american alternative: A new bettor makes his entrance in fåreflokken

The waiting pedestrians to enter instinctively a step back from the curb at the traffic lights.

Against them come the barely six meters long, RAM 1500 pickup, which spreads over most of the narrow vejlensiske midtbypassage and fills the air with a deep and electrifying hum.

the Sound emanating from the car ærkeamerikanske 'Hemi V8'engine, and it reflects on the husfacaderne, as the 2.5-ton pickup get møvet through the passage.

Neither the car or the sound hears itself in any way at home in the surroundings, but the RAM 1500 is nevertheless land here as a muskelstærkt alternative in the growing class of pickups.

RAM is an american pick - up- and varebilsmærke, which is owned by FCA group, but it does not mean that you can find in the car at the local Fiat dealer.

The Danish importer purchases not the big american pickups, but it, in turn, makes Allan Simonsen from the eCAR in Randers. And here one senses that the vehicle type has become more and more popular.

- We are experiencing increasing demand on personal falling. It is a good product, in relation to that we're talking about vans. The manufacturers know well, people want luxury, so there are being poured significantly more equipment in them today than just 10 years ago. It also applies with RAM, says Allan Simonsen. the
Allan Simonsen is the owner of eCAR in Randers who, as one of the very few retailers in Denmark, specializes in the sale of american cars. Photo: Mathias Grams
Major muller
Testbilen is the newly launched 2019 model, as in denmark, must compete with more established pickups like the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

the American runs his V8-engine and the richness of the 'Laramie'-udstyrstrim up on 449.000 crowns without vat – good 37.000 dollars more than the Mercedes X-Class with the most comprehensive udstyrstrim and the greatest V6 motor on the program.

in turn, gives the RAM 1500 access to more power than both Amarok and X-Class. While the two German either delivers 258 dieselheste, the american petrol V8's 395 horsepower.

According to Allan Simonsen in particular, the need for large trækkræfter that drives people to choose an american pickup. His clients are typically craftsmen, who use a Audi Q7 or a Mercedes-Benz ML-wheel drive vehicle to pull a trailer, but which is now looking for an even more versatile car.

- the pick-up has the luksuskabine, they are used to, and so provides the additional option of having a sack of cement or a mixing machine with bucket, when driving on the construction site, he says, and adds:

- And so can the drag. The cars are typically built to pull seven-eight tonnes in the UNITED states, so when we at home says max 3500 pounds, so you can be sure that it is doing it. the
Bucket is 1.7 metres long and 1.3 metres between the wheel arch. On the yellow discs can the load area to accommodate l900 liter. Photo: Mathias Grams
A langtursvogn
Back on the vejlensiske midtbygader we have reached the next review; to park. The car's size and towering front makes it harder to figure out, how close one is to a wall or another car, and although the car has rear view camera, it requires habituation and practice to place the car correctly – it can only just be in the small, Danish p-stalls.

We therefore put the city behind us and turn down the tilkørselsrampen to the highway. The ramp is free, and with a hard press on the gas pedal and put an almost explosive transformation in time.

Automatgearet jumps down a gear, and the car that a moment ago ran relatively quietly through the city streets, jumping now forward with so great force, that the man being pressed back in the seat.

RAM 1500 moves like its on 2.5 tons from 0 to 100 km/h. at just over six seconds, if the asked.

On the highway drops the pick-up to ro. Bulderet from the V8 engine forstummer, but shall not be replaced in any appreciable degree of wind or rumlestøj. Size, which caused problems in the city, is here to make the car to a comfortable, american floating, it is stable on the road and gives the driver a great view of the surroundings.

ECAR-dealer in Randers is one of just two in Denmark, which cooperate with the official european importer of Dodge, Ram and Chrysler, HEED Europe. It means that, when the purchase of a new pickup, get the same type of manufacturer's warranty, as with any other automaker, even if there is not available a Danish importer in the traditional sense. the
the Factory has recently opened to that also customers can put together the car with exactly the options they want. Photo: Mathias Grams
Thunderstorms in the cabin
Behind the wheel is broken the peace of Angus Young's fast guitarforspil. With the car the Apple CarPlay feature and a good portion of luck, Spotify has shufflet forward to the AC/DC hit 'Thunderstruck'.

A masculine number to a masculine car, but we fail yet to screw up. For unlike many other cars do you not here the music, to feel hit by lightning. The engine's deep rumble delivers plenty with thunderstorms, and it beats the anyway the paladin guitarspillers raw riff.

American cars has for many years been struggling to keep up with their european competitors, when it came to kabinekvalitet and luksusfornemmelse. But with the back firmly placed in the soft and unusually wide leather seats, the new RAM 1500 view to a dashboard, which is very far from rene times.

Here is the leather ad libitum, pianolak and right metalgreb and buttons, which contributes to the car's masculine charisma.

Automatgearet be operated with a solid knob in the dashboard, and here it is also possible to choose whether to run with four-wheel drive or only use the rear axle. There are also settings for high - or underdrive, if you have to use the car in the terrain.

Testbilen has three front seats, and will be allocated the middle, you will still have basically the same sædestørrelse as in a smaller european car. If you choose the pick-up on the yellow plates, you get at the same time, a relatively large load area behind the seats, where there can be a few bags of Rockwool. the
Testbilen has a touch screen of 8.4 inch, which requires long arms to operate. It can be upgraded to full-fat 12 inch. Photo: Mathias Grams
hybrid
'Klonk'. The green tankpistol put themselves right in the mouth and begins to pour gasoline in the belly of the car.

Behind the pick-up consists of almost 300 kilometers of urban, rural and highway driving, but benzinmåleren in the instrument panel have not moved so much down, as you might have expected.

Therefore, we stop tankningen at 400 crowns, put the insert the pump nozzle back and start the engine. Just to see the same benzinmåler lay down a good piece from a full tank. Forward with dankortet again.

the Car can on the paper and running around 7 km/l with the big ’Hemi’engine. V6-diesel engine running a little longer, but there is still a piece up to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz X-Class performing of 11.4 km/l with the largest V6 engine.

RAM is, however, beginning to offer mild hybrid technology to both its V8 - and V6-turbodieselmotor. In the case of 'Hemi', the system can, among other things, captures and reuses braking energy, supposedly provide 10 percent better fuel economy.

Allan Simonsen from the eCAR predicts that hybridteknologien will take more and more of the american pickups, as it already is the case among the european competitors.

Although the exuberant V8 engines are a part of the creator, so the range hybridteknologien not necessarily ben for their abilities as working tools, believe Allan Simonsen.

- Just as long as there are people, who use cars for their jobs, must have tools and equipment with and could pull a trailer every now and then or everyday, there will be a need for this kind of cars, he says, and adds:

- the Alternatives to regular fuel is gaining more and more in, and it also applies to the american pickups. The possibilities of hybrid technology, electric motors, and what else one would find on the alternatives, will only increase.

RAM 1500

Laramie crew cab 4x4

469.000 crowns

349.000 dkk (quad cab personnel carrier)

V8, 395 hp, 555 Nm

6,1 seconds

7 km/l

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