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2019 Ram 1500 truck will cost $33,340 to start, around $60K fully equipped

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Most configurations of the 2019 Ram 1500 will cost a few hundred dollars more than the outgoing truck when it goes on sale later this month, the truckmaker announced Tuesday. But most trucks may end up costing less.

Confused? So were we.

The small price hike is for some configurations of the truck including the base Tradesman, Longhorn, and top-trim Limited versions. Some trim levels, such as Bighorn and Rebel, have slashed their prices over last year.

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The base 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4×2 will cost $33,340, including $1,645 for mandatory destination fees, which is $800 more than a similarly equipped 2018 Quad Cab model. Base versions will be equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6, an 8-speed automatic, 18-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats, and a handshake. (Destination charges were raised by $250 for 2019.)

A top-of-the-line 2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4 will start at $59,035, before additional options, and feature Ram’s 12-inch touchscreen for infotainment, a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, power-adjustable heated and cooled leather seats, wood dash, and another handshake. The 2018 Ram 1500 Limited cost $595 less.

Some popular trim levels, such as Rebel and Bighorn, get price cuts for 2019. The 2019 Ram Rebel Crew Cab 4×2 will cost $45,640, including destination, which is $1,300 less than the outgoing model. Bighorns shave roughly $2,000 from their 2018 prices, depending on box and powertrain configuration.

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Stepping up to a V-8 from a V-6 in 2019 will cost $1,195 for 2019 trucks, down from $1,950 for 2018 models. Opting for Ram’s mild-hybrid powertrain in V-8 versions will add $800; all trucks equipped with a V-6 get the 48-volt system. Trucks equipped with the mild-hybrid system will go on sale later this year.

Adding four-wheel drive requires $3,500 extra; adding more leg room by opting for Crew Cab versions from Quad Cab tacks on $2,700 or $2,800, depending on trim levels.

Ram has announced that it will sell previous-generation Ram 1500s alongside new Ram 1500s, but didn’t specify how much those fleet-focused trucks will cost.



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This week’s Geneva auto show has seen lots of news about new electric cars, but almost all of them come from luxury brands.



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Automakers respond to Trump’s proposed steel, aluminum import tariff increases

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Last week, President Donald Trump announced a plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Some car companies that assemble vehicles in the U.S. have responded negatively to the proposal—which sent automaker stocks tumbling on its own.

Trump’s plan would impose a 25 percent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 percent tariff on that of aluminum.

MORE: Trump hints that trade war with Europe could raise taxes on imported cars

“People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries. By people representing us who didn’t have a clue,” Trump said last week.

Nearly all major automakers saw a decline in stock prices as a result. Ford and FCA stock both fell 2.8 percent last week. Other companies dependent on steel and aluminum experienced losses as well. Boeing dropped 1.5 percent while Caterpillar fell about 1 percent.

GM stocks have dropped 8.5 percent, according to CNBC, even though the company issued a statement saying “We purchase over 90 percent of our steel for U.S. production from U.S. suppliers.”

While most automakers, the American International Automobile Dealers Association, and analysts have all come out against the tariffs, the Hyundai had the strongest reaction, according to Bloomberg.

“Changes to the existing tariff structure could negatively impact our current U.S. production and further expansion,” Hyundai spokesperson Jim Trainor said, implying that the tariffs could limit Hyundai’s building of cars in the US.

Toyota, which is poised to open a new factory with Mazda in Alabama, also stated that, “The majority of our steel and aluminum purchases come from the United States,” implying that imported steel and aluminum prices may not affect the automaker as much as some others.

Monday, when asked about the tariffs, Trump told reporters, “No, we’re not backing down.” If all goes according to plan, the formal order will be signed sometime next week.



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