- AEC wins in the all-wheel drive import pickup category
- 2019 RAM pickup will arrive in Europe later in 2018
- AEC supplies RAM 1500 ‘Limited’, ‘Laramie®’, ‘Longhorn®’ and ‘Big Horn’ pickups
Frankfurt, April 19, 2018 – AEC, one of Europe’s leading vehicle import and distribution companies, has announced its win of the Auto Bild Allrad award, for imported pickups. The respected German title named the 2019 RAM pickup as the best imported pickup of 2018.
The awards, judged by readers of Auto Bild Allrad magazine, praised the 2019 RAM 1500’s exceptional equipment, powertrain, and off-road abilities. This prize adds to the model’s collection of critical acclaim for AEC – having also been named ‘Truck of the Year’ in the 2016 Autoflotte awards, and best pick up in Europe in the 2015 and 2014 Off Road awards.
Continuing in the same vein, the new 2019 RAM 1500, has already been named by Cars.com as ‘Best of Show’ at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The 2019 RAM is available in Europe through AEC import soon.
John Muratori, Chief Operating Officer of AEC, said, “The 2019 RAM 1500 is a pickup worthy of the praise bestowed upon it. The car boasts a quality interior that seats five in comfort, a huge carrying capacity, and excellent off-road ability. AEC is proud to be the leading importer of RAM vehicles in Europe, and is looking forward to taking deliveries of the 2019 RAM, which will be available in Europe later in 2018.”
RAM trucks, ultimate design and specification
RAM pickups showcase intuitive and ergonomic design, with all buttons and controls driver- and passenger-centric. Storage space in every model is class leading, with an easy-access fold-flat cargo load floor standard in every model, plus Crew Cab variants also feature convenient in-floor storage bins.
Each of the RAM 1500 models supplied by AEC has a distinct character. They are all equipped with a 5.7-litre V8 engine producing 401hp, four-wheel drive and unrivalled ride comfort thanks to an optional four-corner air suspension and air levelling system for ‘Limited’ and ‘Longhorn®’. From the sporty exterior and body coloured grille available on the ‘Big Horn’ and ‘Laramie®’ models, to the premium leather interior of the RAM 1500 ‘Limited’, the 1500 prioritizes comfort and style.
The 1500 ‘Limited’ comes with 22-inch polished or painted wheels, a full sunroof and a 12-inch touchscreen navigation system. The truck also has advanced brake assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Plus, it features keyless entry, a remote start system, and trailer braking control. All models are with an AEC LPG system developed in partnership with PRINS.
Official Importer and General Distributor for RAM in Europe
AEC is an Official Importer and General Distributor for Dodge and RAM vehicles and MOPAR spare parts in all member countries of the European Union and European Free Trade Association1. The company also has its own vehicle preparation centre, with an engineering and research department to ensure the highest quality of homologation and technical conversion of all vehicles to conform with European standards. AEC currently has a growing network of more than 130 dealer partners across Europe, which all benefit from AEC’s superior technical and aftersales support, AEC’s premium warranty dealer financing programs, and more.
Notes to editors
1 Excluding Iceland.
Image caption: 2018 Auto Bild Allrad award for imported pickup. Left to right: Wolfgang Berghofer, Chief Operations Officer B&M, John Muratori, Chief Operations Officer AEC, and Bernard Weinbacher, Chief Editor Auto Bild Allrad.
About Auto Export Corporation (AEC)
Auto Export Corporation (AEC) is a global automotive distributor and a service provider for OEMs and suppliers in the areas of general distribution (official FCA importer and distributor of Dodge & RAM vehicles and parts in Europe), market homologation incl. own R&D facility and processing center in Antwerp, parts distribution and warehouse, automotive consulting, automotive finance (partner of Santander Consumer Bank in key European markets), fleet operations, logistics solutions as well as retail operations. AEC has local operations and facilities in its focus markets in NAFTA, EMEA and APAC. Customers turn to AEC for its reliable solutions and existing infrastructure that includes a vast contractual network of retail dealerships and key partners in the automotive industry.
About AEC Europe – an Auto Export Corporation (AEC) Subsidiary
As an official importer of the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) Dodge & RAM branded vehicles and parts in Europe, AEC Europe is responsible for the distribution and retail network development of the American brands. Over 125 European AEC dealers were officially appointed and authorized by the manufacturer. The service portfolio of the importer towards its network includes market homologation, warranty, parts, recall administration as well as financial services but also certification and training.