1994 Dodge Ram truck purple side view

When did Ram trucks become their own thing?

What’s the difference between a Ram and a Dodge Ram?

Have you noticed that some trucks out in the world are Dodge Ram trucks and others are simply Ram trucks? What’s the difference between a Ram and a Dodge Ram? We’ll provide you those answers and give you a little history lesson in the process.

1981 Dodge Power Ram Custom black and whiteWhen did Dodge Ram First start?

The Ram name first appeared on Dodge trucks in 1932. However, that only lasted until 1954. Dodge didn’t revive the Ram name until 1981 with the Dodge Ram and Dodge Power Ram. These trucks have proudly displayed the Ram name ever since with one small change.

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2010 Ram Power Wagon red side viewWhat was the first Ram truck?

Ram came out from under Dodge in 2010. From a customer perspective, nearly nothing changed. The Dodge name simply stopped showing up on the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and other Ram truck models including the Ram ProMaster van.

If you are a long time Dodge fan but are worried about something being lost in the transition from Dodge Ram to just Ram, then you have nothing to fear. In fact, if you were to break down the VIN of a Ram truck and compare it to one of the old Dodge Ram trucks, you would find they both have the same manufacturer code. In other words, they are both Dodge trucks at heart.


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Are they still the same brand?

Both Ram and Dodge are still owned by the same company along with Jeep, Chrysler, and a host of other brands. That company is FCA which actually stands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Along with those brands, the same company also manages Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Maserati. Ferrari was previously included in this group, but it was spun off in 2016.

It wasn’t always this way of course. Chrysler used to be the parent company of Dodge and Jeep back in the days when they still called the trucks Dodge Ram trucks. For a short time, Chrysler merged with Daimler-Benz AG. They faced some trouble afterward but came through it all as a part of FCA, which was a relationship established in 2009.

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