Dodge D50 Pickup
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Dodge
Model: D50 Pickup
Dodge D50 Pickup

The Dodge Ram 50, which was named the D50 for the 1979 and the1980 model years was a compact pickup truck manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors and sold by the Chrysler Corporation from 1979 to 1993. Plymouth also sold a version of the truck known as the Arrow Truck, which was available from 1979 to 1982. By 1982, Dodge realized that a truck was more or less useless without four wheel drive, so it was subsequently added in that model year. Those four wheel drive model were known as the Power Ram 50. For those who do not know, the Power Ram name was used for four wheel drive models. Even better things had come around by 1983; a turbo diesel engine was available in the United States until 1986. By 1987, it was time for a redesign of the D50. As it turned out, this was also the year that Dodge introduced the D50's successor, the Dodge Dakota. Despite this, sales of the D50 continued to be very strong and the model was left on the line for another six years. The strong sales might have been a result of the fact that the D50 was a compact and the Dakota was a mid-size. It appears that the difference in size and cost left a niche for the Dodge 50. It is stipulated that its cancellation may have been due to a desire for independence from Mitsubishi than because of any product overlap. Regardless, the Dodge D50 showed great resilience in the market and Dodge had definitely set the stage for being a strong contender in the pickup segment. This popularity for Dodge trucks has continued and it has carried the company for years, and most likely will do so for years to come. There really is nothing like a truck.

<< Back to Vehicle Index