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Rumble Bee

Dodge may bring back one of its classic, and most unreserved trucks, the Rumble Bee.

The Ram 1500 Rumble Bee has been off the market since 2005. Like the name suggests, the truck is a bright yellow (black has been an option in the past, too), with a stripe that bears resemblance to a bee. The yellow trucks had a black stripe, the black trucks had a yellow stripe.

The concept debuted this summer at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan. The concept truck is equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine that roars to life on 395hp, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the matte yellow paint and 24-inch black wheels/low profile tires, there is a real bee encased in resin on the gear shift knob. Response at the Woodward Dream Cruise was enthusiastic so Chrysler will now test vehicle reaction by taking the concept out to dealers. Check the  Chapman Dodge website to see if the Rumble Bee will make an appearance there.

If the truck receives positive reviews from dealers, Chrysler may produce it for the mass market. If this is done, some things will be changed from the concept car, such as the bee gearshift knob and the matte paint, according to Edmunds.

At this point, there are no definitive plans for the production of this truck. No other details have been disclosed about price, possible introduction date, etc. To look at more Dodge vehicles visit Las Vegas Dodge.

UConnect

Ram Trucks are some of the first vehicles to offer the latest generation Uconnect system that connects to Sprints mobile network without the use of a smartphone. Both Chrysler and Sprint will work together to control which third-party applications will be available on the new Uconnect infotainment system.The new Uconnect will be able to use voice commands to Bing search, read and write text messages, enter navigation destinations, and serve as a mobile hot spot.

By registering for the Uconnect Access premium paid features, you’ll get Wi-Fi, remote mobile commands, Yelp and emergency assistance. The Wi-Fi enables all of passengers to be simultaneously connected to the web. Any Wi-Fi-enabled device, such as a laptop or compatible mobile device can connect over your private network. No cell cards or software is required. The high-speed, secured connection lets anyone on your private network access the web from up to 150 ft. away.

Voice recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touch screen displays and traditional controls provide Chapman Ram customers with a variety of ways to interact with their mobile phones, music, navigation system and applications. Users can remotely lock or unlock doors or start their vehicles from any distance via the web or a smartphone application.

Uconnect features one-step voice command of navigation, the ability to check real-time fuel prices and listen and respond to text messages. The system announces receipt of a text message, audibly identifies the sender and reads the message.

When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name.

Ram Trucks has also taken steps to ensure your Uconnect system doesn’t rapidly become obsolete. Owners will be able to upgrade to the latest features and services. Applications are updated wirelessly and downloaded directly to the Uconnect Media Center, so features remain current. For more information, visit a Las Vegas Ram dealer.