Dodge, Jeep, Ram Claim 15 of 24 Awards at Texas Truck Rodeo
After rounding up some of the nation’s toughest new trucks, then putting them through a grueling two-day evaluation program on the grounds of San Antonio’s Knibbe Ranch, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) lavished Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles with 15 awards at the 21st annual Texas Truck Rodeo. Not only did that mean winning every class in which they entered, but it also reflected well more than half the total prizes presented during the event.
Leading the way was the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which snared its fourth straight title as the overall “SUV of Texas,” while also earning the TAWA trophy as “Mid-size SUV of Texas” and, in its Summit configuration, the award for Luxury Mid-size SUV of Texas. Also scoring honors at the event were:
"The Ram, Jeep and Dodge brands from Chrysler Group clearly impressed our TAWA members at this year's event,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA president. "There's no doubt that innovative powertrains, impressive designs and new technologies are paying off for these brands.”
Of course, the Chrysler Group did leave a few trophies for the rest of the industry, as detailed on the next page.
While the Chrysler Group was dominating the Texas Truck Rodeo leaderboard, TAWA did spread out the rest of the awards fairly well, with perhaps a few surprises: The only other brands to win multiple trophies were Nissan (with three) and Hyundai (with two). Meanwhile, Ford only claimed one win, and Chevy was shut out completely. The rest of the winners’ list from TAWA’s 2013 Texas Truck Rodeo: