One of the fiercest competitors of Ford when it comes to pick-up trucks is General Motors. GM’s Chevy Silverado has been going toe-to-toe with the successful Ford F series trucks for many years, yet Ford has managed to sell more trucks than GM in this category. GM wants to compete with Ford in the world’s most lucrative vehicle segment, the petrol-fueled large pickup trucks. They expect their 2019 Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks to make strong sales and fund their research into autonomous electric vehicles which many investors believe to be the future of the automobile.
Competition between the two automakers is so aggressive that a group of GM’s engineers secretly joined public tours of Ford’s plants to see how the F-series trucks are manufactured. They were there to determine where they can find faults in their manufacturing process which they can take advantage of. One of the critical points of interest was how the doors were made.
Ford used steel for the doors in its construction which made it harder to fit according to the GM engineers. Their suggestion for their upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks was to do a combination of aluminum doors reinforced with steel to shave off valuable kilograms from the total weight of the vehicle.
The predominantly steel body of the New Chevy Silverado is bolted to the steel frame and mated to a V-8 gasoline engine in front powering the rear wheels reminiscent of the classic GM cars of the 1950s. Despite the fact that GM is looking into electric drivetrains for their future vehicles, there is no electric or hybrid offering at the moment. Silverados will also offer new four-cylinder engines.
The new Chevy Silverado and Sierra got close to the Ford truck’s weight using seven different grades of steel in the cab, aluminum hoods, door exterior panels and tailgates. The Silverado will have a longer wheelbase than its beefy predecessor which can help it meet federal fuel efficiency regulations. It will be 450 pounds lighter, and its 5.3-litre V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission will give it a mileage of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway, a mileage rating similar to smaller SUVs.
General Motors believes that the Silverado will still appeal to customers in the American heartland. These are people who want vehicles capable of hauling a trailer by day and substituting for a luxury sedan by night. They are willing to pay a premium for this mix of power and luxury and it shows because 27% of GM trucks sold where those that cost more than $55,000. These are for the more luxurious versions of the Silverado such as the frontier-themed High Country, which has leather seats and a Bose sound system.
General Motors can save thousands of dollars per truck compared to Ford just in the aluminum costs alone. It plans to use its Silverado cost advantage to put more safety or entertainment technology in the trucks, fund programs such as a promised fleet of electric cars and return money to shareholders.
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