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FCA Brands ‘Sweep’ Highest Honors at Texas Truck Rodeo


October 18, 2018 - The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 earned top honors as the Truck of Texas at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA), along with a clean sweep of the other top awards.

The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS was named SUV of Texas and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was named CUV of Texas. The Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep® vehicles also collected several awards. Collectively, FCA brands secured the most awards, 15 of 24, of any manufacturer at the event.

This year’s rodeo was especially challenging with muddy conditions and wet roads—an environment where the lineup of FCA vehicles particularly excelled.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 stole the hearts of our members this year, and has earned our highest honor as the 2019 Truck of Texas,” Michael Marrs, president of TAWA, said. “It’s not only capable, but it is comfortable, and the attention to detail is unlike anything in the truck market. It’s a home run for the Ram brand that scored the Truck of Texas trophy.”

A total of 57 pickups, SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles were entered in the competition and 69 TAWA members attended the event. Members cast their votes after two days of on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. Consideration is given to everything from exterior/interior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and performance.

2019 Ram 1500 The 2019 Ram 1500 took home multiple awards including the coveted Truck of Texas honor.

Ram, Jeep, Dodge, Alfa Romeo and Maserati vehicles with top honors were:

Ram brand

  • Truck of Texas: 2019 Ram 1500
  • Full-size Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500
  • Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram Power Wagon
  • Luxury Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn
  • Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel
  • Best Powertrain: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Mild Hybrid System
  • Best New Technology: 2019 Ram 1500 12-inch Uconnect Touchscreen

Jeep® brand

  • Mid-Size Luxury SUV: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
  • Mid-Size SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler
  • Off-Road SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Dodge brand

  • Full-Size SUV: 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

Alfa Romeo brand

  • CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Maserati brand

  • SUV of Texas: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS
  • Full-Size Luxury SUV: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS