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First Drive: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado RST Crew Cab

Laden with new tech, plenty of power and impressively quiet.

by Joseph Szczesny on Nov.09, 2018

GM is counting on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado RST to be competitive in the full-size pickup sales battle.

The auto industry is a global industry and highly competitive. But few segments of the business are anywhere near as competitive as the pickup truck market in U.S. where Ford, Ram, Chevrolet and their respective corporate managers are engaged in intense contest for sales and bragging rights.

The contest of has gotten even more intense lately as all three manufacturers have introduced new trucks.

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I recently got to drive the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado – a four-wheel-drive RST Crew Cab Silverado to be precise – and it is far cry from the old trucks that have helped make the American pickup into something of a legend and the object of enormous affection and desire. (more…)

GM Handily Beats Earnings Forecast, Buoyed by Truck Sales

Shares soar in pre-bell trading.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.31, 2018

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General Motors delivered a positive surprise to analysts and investors on Wednesday morning, delivering significantly stronger earnings than had been forecast, buoyed by surging demand for its light truck line-up, including the completely redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

The announcement stands in sharp contrast to rival Ford Motor Co. which, last week, reported a significant decline in third-quarter income, despite strong demand for models like its F-150.

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GM said it earned a net of $2.53 billion during the July-to-September quarter, or $1.75 a share. A year ago, it lost $2.98 billion, or $2.03 a share, though that figure largely reflected the cost of completing the sale of its European-based Opel subsidiary to France’s PSA Group.

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New Chevy Silverado Turbo-Four Nabs Top Mileage Rating

For many truck buyers, mileage matters as much as payload, towing.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.10, 2018

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will get up to 20 mpg in the city with the new turbo-four engine.

Who says pickup buyers only focus on power, payload and towing capacity? Operating costs are, for many customers – and especially those operating truck fleets – one of the most important factors they consider when choosing what model to buy.

That includes service and repairs, of course, but fuel costs are one of the biggest concerns, which is a key reason why automakers have been offering buyers a growing range of alternatives to the classic, big displacement V-8s that long dominated the full-size pickup segment.

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Chevrolet is hoping it will score a hit with potential buyers with the new, 2.7-liter turbocharged engine it is adding to its powertrain option list for the all-new 2019 Silverado. While not quite up to the numbers delivered by some of the diesel engines now available in the full-size segment, Chevy’s turbo-four nabs a tie as the most fuel-efficient gas engine available for U.S. buyers.

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Automakers Launch Full-Size Truck Incentive War

Up to $16,000 in givebacks and discounts on some 2018 models.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jun.07, 2018

FCA has some of the largest incentives -- up to $16,000 -- available on its 2018 Ram.

Despite strong demand, US. Automakers have launched some of the most lavish incentives on full-size truck models seen since the end of the Great Recession, with discounts of as much as $16,000.

The move might come as a surprise considering pickups have retained strong momentum despite the weakening of the broader U.S. automotive market over the last year, and the latest round of incentives threaten to cut into the earnings delivered by what are traditionally the most profitable product segment in the market.

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Automakers appear to be acting for a variety of reasons, including the need to clear inventories ahead of the launch of all-new models from both General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as well as the potential weakness of segment leader Ford which lost thousands of units of production due to a supplier problem last month.

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General Motors Pulls off a Clean Sweep with North American Car, Truck of the Year

Jurors pick Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Silverado

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jan.13, 2014

GM pulled off a sweep of the North American Car & Truck of the Year awards with the Corvette Stingray and Chevy Silverado taking the honors.

A year from the day after unveiling its all-new two-seat sports car – and nearly five years after plunging into bankruptcy – General Motors landed a clean sweep of the influential North American Car and Truck of the Year, company officials declaring that the two awards not only justified the bailout of the giant automaker but made it clear to the world that GM is back in the game.

Going into the opening ceremony at this year’s North American International Auto Show it was far from certain who would take the car and truck honors in what was seen by many members of the jury as perhaps the most competitive group of finalists in the 21 years of balloting for North American Car and Truck of the Year.

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But GM scored big with the new Corvette which was coincidentally announced at the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013, while it also landed a win for its new Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup. (more…)

Recall of 370,000 Pickups Couldn’t Come at Worse Time for GM

Embarrassing setback as Chevy Silverado vies for Car of the Year honors.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Jan.11, 2014

What could have been a great week for the Chevy Silverado now has an ominous omen hanging over it.

Just days before it learns whether its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup wins honors as the North American Truck of the Year, General Motors has announced it is recalling 370,000 full-size trucks due to a potential fire hazard.

The safety action covers both the new Chevy Silverado and the near-twin GMC Sierra model, both receiving widespread kudos since being completely redesigned for the 2014 model-year. But the recall could be just one of the problems the new GM pickups will be facing in the coming days.

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According to GM, the recall is required to reprogram engine control software to reduce the risk of overheating exhaust components and eliminate the risk of an engine compartment fire. The Detroit maker reports that there have been eight fires resulting from the problem, “three of which were on customer owned vehicles.”

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Chevy Takes a Load Off With Silverado Cheyenne Concept

Mini mass, maxi performance, suggests Chevy.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Nov.04, 2013

Chevy drops some mass with Cheyenne show truck.

They’re big, they’re bad, but do they have to be quite so heavy? That’s a question a lot of folks are asking about full-size pickups, especially in light of the tough new fuel economy standards the auto industry will be facing over the next decade.

Ford is reportedly ready to show what can be done when it reveals the next-generation F-Series early next year, the big truck expected to migrate to an aluminum-intensive platform and body that could reduce mass by as much as 750 pounds or more. And while Chevrolet took a more conventional approach with its new 2014 Silverado, the maker is also looking at ways to put the big truck on a diet.

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Which brings us to the Chevrolet Silverado Cheyenne concept truck that will be making its debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week.  The prototype makes extensive use of lightweight materials – primarily carbon fiber – to trim 200 pounds off its 4,503-pound production stock mass.

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First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

More than first meets the eye.

by Joseph Szczesny on May.20, 2013

The exterior changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado have largely been aimed at improving aerodynamics.

According to some prognosticators, millions of Americans were supposed to be trading in on hybrids, plug-ins and battery cars this year.  The V-8 engine and the full-size pickup were both supposed to be relegated to the automotive scrap heap.

It hasn’t worked out quite as expected.  Battery car sales have barely registered, and though demand for V-8s has certainly fallen, pickups have been rapidly regaining momentum. We’re expecting sales will grow even more substantially in the months ahead as buyers get a look at the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

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While Chevy’s full-size truck is far from perfect, it is arguably the best pickup General Motors has ever built. The 2014 Silverado does everything you’d expect a truck to do such as pull a trailer, carry a load or traverse rugged trails. But it’s more than just a solid work truck.  The new Chevy Silverado’s cabin is both unexpectedly quiet nicely furnished, while the pickup delivers a firm, poised ride more similar to that of a large, expensive sedan than the classic, rough-riding truck.

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Silverado Roll Out On Track

GM focuses on phased transition to 2014 model.

by Joseph Szczesny on May.10, 2013

The transition to the 2014 Chevy Silverado is moving rapidly with new models shipping in a few weeks.

General Motors’ big switch is in full swing as it brings out its new family of Chevrolet pickup trucks.

The GM assembly plant in Silao, Mexico, is already building the 2014 Silverado Crew Cab, and should begin shipping them in next few weeks, GM executives said this week.

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“We’re putting them through some extra quality gates to make sure they’re ready,” said Chris Perry, GM vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, adding the Silverado accounted for 24.3% of Chevrolet’s sales in the U.S. last year.

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Chevrolet Saddles Up New Silverado

Maker battles Ford, Chrysler for high-priced truck supremacy.

by Joseph Szczesny on May.06, 2013

Chevrolet is staking a new claim in the luxury truck segment with the Silverado High Country.

The Western-themed, high-priced premium truck market dominated by Ford and Chrysler is about to get a new player. Chevrolet is planning a new top-of-the line model pickup truck, the High Country, as its rolls out the new 2014 Silverado lineup.

The 2014 Silverado High Country is designed to compete for buyers, who will to pay for extra features and styling in their pickup trucks, according to Lloyd Biermann, the Silverado marketing manager, who noted that premium pickup trucks now account for about 30% of all light-truck sales.

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Overall, pickup truck sales were up 27% in April.

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