Hemi: (HEM -e) adj. Mopar in type, V8, native to the United States, carnivorous, eats primarily Mustangs, Camaros, and Corvettes. Also enjoys smoking a good import now and then to relax. -David Charles Gedraitis
The new Hemi has been immensely popular. In 2005, Hemi engine take rates was around 45% on vehicles offering the engine. In some cases, it appears to be the main reason why people buy the car or truck around it.
The accolades just keep rolling in in the new year — the February issue of Automobile magazine, on newsstands now, names the Ram 1500 one of the 10 best vehicles for 2010.
“When a new pickup truck has the fortitude to question established practices, it deserves to be recognized,” the editors write. “The new half ton Dodge Ram is that truck. Dodge engineers created a vehicle that works smarter, drives quieter, uses less fuel, and secures cargo storage better. The Ram sets the standard by living up to the radical idea that the cabin of a $40,000 truck should be as nice as that of a $40,000 car.” They make the 1500 sound pretty great — even better: it actually starts at an MSRP of only $21,510!