AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 14, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ --
Cars.com has named the Ram 1500 its 2020 Luxury Car of the Year. The editors of Cars.com look for a vehicle that represents ultimate luxury in its class, is exceptionally well-rounded and demonstrates outstanding usability and drivability. This is the first time a truck has won the Luxury Car of the Year award from Cars.com.
"This award validates Ram's unrelenting efforts to deliver more comfort, refinement and value to our customers," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. "The Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited are examples of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry. It is immensely satisfying to have Cars.com recognize the Ram 1500 as Luxury Car of the Year."
Any model vehicle, regardless of when it was introduced or last updated, is eligible for the award.
"The 2020 Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited trims stand out from the crowd thanks to their stunning interiors with premium wood, leather, metal and chrome finishes, an awe-inspiring multimedia system and outstanding ride quality," said Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief of Cars.com. "The Ram 1500's top trim levels are stunning and well deserving of Cars.com's Luxury Vehicle of the Year award."
For 2020, an all-new V-6 EcoDiesel joins the Ram 1500 lineup and brings with it best-in-class diesel torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram's driving range exceeds 1,000 miles. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.
Ram's class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a segment-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension.
As a segment disrupter, the Ram 1500's Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which delivers ad-free personalization not found on other entertainment services.
The Ram 1500 is also the truck industry's cargo-management and storage leader. The Ram 1500 multifunction tailgate feature is unique among all pickups and offers customers cargo-access flexibility without compromise. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.
Among the Ram 1500's other innovative storage solutions are the RamBox cargo management system. The RamBox system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. RamBox bins also feature a handy 115-volt, 400-watt outlet. Also available with RamBox is a pickup bed divider/two-foot bed extender and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats.
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI® V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram's eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. The Ram 1500 features more than 100 active safety and security systems, including adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking.
Ram 1500 Longhorn
The Ram 1500 Longhorn is filled with more craftsman-like details, including real wood surfaces and 100 percent full-grain leather seats, than any other truck in the segment. Longhorn models feature design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, hand-tooled leather cowboy boots or a horseman's saddle. Real barnwood accents, such as wood tandem doors on the center console, are individually applied to "Longhorn" branding burned on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door and segment-exclusive hand-wrapped, 100 percent full-grain leather dashboard. Embossed alligator skin pattern leather on the center console, instrument panel, seats and door panel inserts, brushed-nickel metal badge and satin chrome accents set Longhorn apart from the rest of the Ram lineup.
Ram 1500 Limited
The Ram 1500 Limited is a no-compromise truck that sets the standard for interior comfort and refinement. The Ram 1500 Limited features unique technology, materials and storage solutions to give customers a premium experience while staying true to the hardworking nature of the Ram 1500. The Ram 1500 Limited features an exclusive and largest-in-class Uconnect 4C with 12-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which delivers ad-free personalization not found on any other entertainment service. Premium full-leather front and rear reclining seats with heating and cooling, segment-exclusive 100 percent full-grain hand-wrapped leather dashboard, door-panel coverings and armrests, real aluminum and wood accents and a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system give owners an unmatched sense of luxury and refinement.
About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.
Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
Health, Happiness And Savings In 2020: Join Planet Fitness For Only 20 Cents Down, Then $10 A Month Through January 9 With No Commitment
HAMPTON, N.H., Jan. 3, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., invites everyone to start the New Year off right and take their first step into fitness by joining the Judgement Free Zone® for just 20 cents down, then $10 a month with no commitment. This special offer is available through Thursday, January 9 at Planet Fitness locations nationwide and online at www.planetfitness.com.
"At Planet Fitness, we provide everyone with a welcoming and encouraging environment where they can feel comfortable working out regardless of their fitness level," said Jeremy Tucker, chief marketing officer at Planet Fitness. "At a time of year when we're all setting new goals for ourselves, we're here to remind everyone that realistic, judgement free fitness is more attainable and affordable than ever. There's no better time to make your health and wellness a priority, and Planet Fitness is here to support you along the way."
In a recent study* regarding resolutions for 2020, Planet Fitness and Kelton Global found that the majority of Americans are, in fact, looking to set realistic, attainable goals this year – with health and fitness front and center. Notably, the survey found that the average American believes it takes 21 weeks – or just over five months – of sticking to their New Year's resolutions before they believe they've achieved their goals.
The study also found that:
To locate the nearest Planet Fitness club and take advantage of this limited time offer for new members, please visit PlanetFitness.com/Local-Clubs.
North America's largest ebike brand expands its flagship ebike with new RadRover Step-Thru and evolves lineup with a suite of model upgrades
SEATTLE, Jan. 3, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Rad Power® Bikes is marking the latest evolution of its flagship ebike with the all-new RadRover® Step-Thru -- a low-step electric fat bike that makes it easier than ever to go anywhere and do anything.
"The RadRover launched our business in 2015 and gave a jolt to the ebike revolution by proving that electric bikes can be durable, powerful, affordable and built for everyday adventure. Five years later, we're reinforcing our commitment to ebike accessibility and utility with the RadRover Step-Thru," Mike Radenbaugh, Rad Power Bikes' founder and CEO, said. "This beast of a bike combines the rugged capabilities of our flagship high-step model with a new frame style that fits the needs of more riders."
The RadRover Step-Thru's approachable design and lower standover height makes it easier to get on and get going, yet still retains the strength, stability, and versatility of its high-step counterpart. Like its predecessor, the RadRover Step-Thru can conquer all types of terrain thanks to its puncture-resistant 26" x 4" fat tires, powerful geared hub motor (750W in U.S. and 500W in Canada), and long-range 48V 14 Ah Lithium-Ion battery.
In addition to this new model, the consumer-direct ebike brand also announced that the new year will bring the latest iterations of several ebikes in the Rad lineup, including the RadRover® 5, RadMini 4, RadMini Step-Thru 2, RadCity® 4, and RadCity® Step-Thru 3.
Each of these new models received upgrades that offer more value at no added cost, including fenders now coming standard on the RadRover and RadMini models, along with custom mounting points for future security-focused accessories on the RadCity models. The RadCity 4 has also been updated to a single 18.5" frame size. Other improvements consist of new halo headlights with improved side visibility, a streamlined throttle design, and a refreshed look across the entire lineup.
Rad Power Bikes is now accepting pre-orders on its new models in the US and Canada. For full specs and more information visit www.radpowerbikes.com and sign up for their e-newsletter, or follow @RadPowerBikes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas, Sept. 17, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, which is why the condition of indoor living environments has such a lasting impact on our well-being and quality of life. As experts in creating healthy living environments, JS2 Partners Healthy Home Builders offers six easy steps to cultivating a beneficial and more productive living environment.
RE/MAX National Housing Report for August 2019 Year-Over-Year Home Sales Slip 1.6% After Largest Inventory Decline in 13 Months
DENVER, Sept. 17, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- August 2019 existing home sales slipped 1.6% from a year ago, despite buyer demand exceeding available housing supply, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Following July's year-over-year sales increase of 2.3%, the slight August decline marks the sixth month of 2019 that produced fewer sales than 2018.
Buyer demand outpaced homes listed for sale in August, causing the largest inventory decline in 13 months. An analysis of the report's 53 metro areas shows August inventory shrank 5.5% year-over-year, the largest drop since 7.8% in July 2018. August's inventory contraction followed July's year-over-year inventory decline of 1.5% after nine consecutive months of year-over-year inventory growth. Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 2.8 compared to 2.9 in July 2019 and eclipsed the previous August low in the report's 11-year history.
"The modest inventory growth that started last fall has been swallowed up by demand as buyers have returned to the market, likely spurred on by attractive interest rates," said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. "Home sales dipping at the same time inventory falls suggests there may have been some reluctance on the part of sellers to list their homes. Nevertheless, demand is again ahead of supply, extending the favorable seller's market that has been in place for several years."
Inventory has remained below four months in 39 of the last 42 months, dating back to March 2016. Six months is considered a market balanced between sellers and buyers.
Homes moved quickly and August saw a year-over-year price increase of 5.7%, further evidence of buyer demand. The August Days on Market total of 44 represented the second-fastest pace of August home sales in the report's history. The previous record was set last August, when homes sold in an average of 43 days.
August weighed in as the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year price growth as the Median Sales Price rose to $263,000. Going back to February 2012, prices have increased year over year in 89 of the past 91 months.
Despite the favorable conditions for sellers, there were still a few encouraging signs for buyers in the last of 2019's peak months for home sales:
Of the 53 metro areas surveyed in August 2019, the overall average number of home sales is down 4.2% compared to July 2019, and down 1.6% compared to August 2018. Leading the month-over-month sales percentage decrease were Miami, FL at -13.5%, Dover, NH at -13.1%, and Washington, D.C. at -10.3%.
Median Sales Price – Median of 53 metro median prices
In August 2019, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $263,000, down 3.6% from July 2019, and up 5.7% from August 2018. Two metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price: San Francisco, CA at -3.2% and Wichita, KS at -1.2%. Six metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in Birmingham, AL at +13.2%, Milwaukee, WI at +11.3%, and Manchester, NH at +11.2%.
Days on Market – Average of 53 metro areas
The average Days on Market for homes sold in August 2019 was 44, up one day from the average in July 2019, and up one day from the August 2018 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE at 19, Cincinnati, OH at 25, and Nashville, TN at 28. The highest Days on Market averages were in Des Moines, IA at 95, Miami, FL at 79, and Hartford, CT at 75. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.
Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 53 metro areas
The number of homes for sale in August 2019 was down 3.9% from July 2019 and down 5.5% from August 2018. Based on the rate of home sales in August 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory was 2.8, a decrease compared to 2.9 in July 2019 and 3.5 in August 2018. A six months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In August 2019, of the 53 metro areas surveyed, only Miami, FL, at 6.9, reported a months supply at or over six, which is typically considered a buyer's market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were Phoenix, AZ and Manchester, NH, both at 1.5.
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