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Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association Names 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 'Truck of the Year' and 2015 Chrysler 200 'Car of the Year'

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

- Denver-based journalist organization announces the awards at the Charity Preview for the Denver Auto Show
- Winners are chosen from a field that includes every significant new car and truck introduced in the last year
- Each eligible vehicle is evaluated and voted on by the members of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
- The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, America's most fuel-efficient pickup, earned a 29 mpg rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best highway-cycle test result ever achieved by a full-size, half-ton pickup
- 2015 Chrysler 200 provides families style, substance and value with four well-equipped models from which to choose, highway fuel economy ratings of up to 36 miles per gallon, 60 available advanced safety and security features and a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $21,895

The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) kicked off the Denver Auto Show by announcing the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named "Truck of the Year" and the 2015 Chrysler 200 captured its "Car of the Year" award.

2015 marks the ninth annual Rocky Mountain Vehicle of the Year awards. The goal is to recognize vehicles that are all-new or significantly revised for the 2015 model year. In order to be eligible for the award, vehicles must be in the Rocky Mountain regional press fleet and available for RMAP members to test.

RMAP represents automotive journalists from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona. RMAP's main goal is to promote an information exchange between automakers and journalists and to help consumers make informed decisions about their transportation needs.

Truck of the Year
For RMAP's Truck of the Year award, the vehicle nominating committee considered a number of attributes including performance, fuel economy, value, and vehicle features to narrow down the field to three finalists. The Truck of the Year finalists for 2015 were the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty, the GMC Canyon and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. After voting by the entire RMAP membership was tallied, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was voted the winner.

Ram 1500 - the most recognizable pickup on the road - delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 29 mpg with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems and first-in-segment technologies: TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension. The Ram 1500 delivers an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency, unsurpassed torque and a surplus of towing capability.

Ram truck offers models designed for a wide range of buyers, including outdoorsmen, tradesmen, first-time buyers and ranchers. Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited trims are designed to meet the high expectations of affluent pickup truck buyers looking to combine capability with sophistication. Featuring premium materials, such as full-leather seating, real wood interior components and modish design, Ram offers a refined luxury alternative uncommon in pickups.

Car of the Year
For the Rocky Mountain Car of the Year award, the RMAP vehicle nominating committee considered performance, fuel economy, value, and vehicle features to narrow down the field of eligible cars to three finalists. The finalists for 2015 were the Audi A3/S3, Chrysler 200 and Hyundai Genesis. After voting by the entire RMAP membership was complete, the Chrysler 200 sedan received the most votes and was named the winner.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 delivers drivers a beautiful exterior design – featuring the new "face" of the Chrysler brand – a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission. With the choice of two world-class engines, an innovative all-wheel-drive system, available sport mode and paddle shifters for an engaged driving experience, and highway fuel economy of up to 36 miles per gallon, the all-new Chrysler 200 makes the commute something drivers will look forward to.

For peace of mind when driving, the 2015 Chrysler 200 offers the most available safety features in the mid-size sedan segment, and state-of-the-art, easy-to-use technology that keeps drivers and passengers connected. With a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $21,895 (excluding $995 destination) the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a sedan that customers will be proud to own, at a value they will appreciate.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built, with pride, in Michigan.

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