GM Starts Building New 2011 Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks

GM Starts Building New 2011 Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks

New 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup trucks started rolling down the line Monday at GM's truck assembly plant in Flint, Mich. The first regular cab and crew cab HD trucks could reach dealers as early as the end of this month.

Last week, GM announced increases to the trucks' towing and hauling ratings, saying the Silverado and Sierra now lead all HD segments in maximum conventional towing and payload.

You know what this means? The 2010 Heavy Duty Shootout is so on!

Comments

"The old Ford develped Torqueshift wasn't all that great, I bet this one is going to follow that same path" - Wrapper


Wow, talk about ill-informed. Oy vey!!

"The best I can come up with? No. Try this....

DC Metro Moms: OnStar Sucks
http://svmomblog.typepad.com/dc_metro_moms/2009/01/onstar-sucks.html

Guy locked out of his truck:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JzpEHmoYxc" - Jon


Hilarious. He reads the VIN # and says "F" as in FORD, etc... LMAO!!

@Andrew - did you read through my entire post?
It doesn't look like it. Let's recap:

Your post - Can your cell phone locate your vehicle?

my post - OnStar has the advantage of calling for help in a MVC, and can improve insurance rates (lower incidence of theft)
Additional comment: I don't need an external device to locate my van. I have a brain. My memory works just fine.
If it's stolen? Who cares! It's a GM van. LOL
My wife has a 2010 Sienna. For the same price as OnStar, we have full 100% replacement cost insurance if it's wrecked or stolen. I prefer than to finding it badly abused and insurance says "too bad, we don't cover abuse".

Your post:can your cell phone unlock your car?
My post:I can call someone to bring me keys if I lock my car keys inside. If I'm out in the middle of nowhere, a place that OnStar or cells don't work - a big rock works just fine ;)
Additional comment - you need a cell phone to call OnStar to unlock vehicle!

Your post:can your cell phone automaticly call emergency while you are knocked out in a crash?
My post:OnStar has the advantage of calling for help in a MVC
Additional comment -
New vehicles have ABS, traction control, stability control, crumple zones, reinforced passenger cabins, collapsible steering wheels, multiple airbags, seatbelts, and seat belt pretensioners.
What does all of this mean if you are in a MVC (motor vehicle crash)?

If the occupant(s) is(are) rendered unconscious, there has been significant force transfered to the occupant(s). That means that the probability of survival is very low. If you were to survive - the odds of having any meaningful life or normal function are infinitesimally small.
OnStar for serious MVC is a placebo for the nerves. It provides a false sense of security.

Onstar - we just need to be realistic about it's usefullness, and effectiveness.
There are other technologies that can perform the same roll as OnStar with the exception of MVC alerts.

Lou
What happens if you had your kids inside your car and it got hijacked with them in your car?
or if you had a very valuable object in your vehicle when it got stolen?
Or if you only carry liability insurance?
So if you took a over 100 mile trip away from your home, you would have someone bring your keys?
what happens if it's really urgent?
With all those safety features these days, there is still high percent in MVC deaths. And alot of those people could of been saved if they had Onstar.

Ofcoarse I think it's too expensive for the service, ad should be free for at lest 3 years.

"If it's stolen? Who cares! It's a GM van. LOL". - Lou

@Lou,

That's a bold statement. Easy now.

@ Andrew - I don't leave my kids alone in the car, a highjacker would not fare too well, and I don't leave valuable objects in my vehicle.

Andrew - Quote: So if you took a over 100 mile trip away from your home, you would have someone bring your keys?
what happens if it's really urgent?
Answer-
Cell phone - call a lock smith or tow truck.
The point is - you need a cell to call OnStar.
If it's urgent - I'll break the window.

What if a meteorite fell out of the sky and crushed my vehicle.
We can "what if" this discussion to death.

Andrew - quote:With all those safety features these days, there is still high percent in MVC deaths. And alot of those people could of been saved if they had Onstar.
I could not locate any meaningful data on OnStar crash survival data other than "can improve outcomes".
Unconsiousness is usually associated with a poor prognosis.
Traumatic arrests have a 99.99 % mortality rate.
Head trauma doesn't fare too well either.
OnStar has it's benefits. I'm not convinced that it would improve unconscious trauma survivability.
Point is - most people have cell phones.
You'd be amazed at the number of 911 calls a MVC can generate.

I have been told the new GM HD chassis is made out of 60,000 psi steel. That is substantially better quality, stronger steel than any other pickup.

Bottom line is Cell phones can't do everything Onstar can, i'm not saying you should ditch your cell phone if you have Onstar.

Broken glass will cost you $200, you can have Onstar for a full year for that price (w/o turn by turn nav)

@Frank, New Ram HD has been out for 5 months now, keep up with the program dude. As for you calling me a blind loyalist; I own a 2007 2500 Dmax and a 2010 Ram 3500 Cummins, I shop with an open mind when i spend $60,000 and choose what i like best for my needs. Frank ,do you even own a new diesel? I don't think so pal.

Frank seems to be Lou's pet, and probably around 16. Ford is his religion, and it doesn't matter if other trucks are better, I he wan't to hear is bias how good the Ford is.

Frank, At ford religion, who is your God, Henry Ford?

Lou,

You can talk about interior all day... even though your conception of quality is quite misguided.... a real truck comes down to performace...

Ford comes last in my book and GM comes first. With the exception of the F-450 (waste of resources), GM places first in every category of the HD segment. Please Lou, explain that one to us. And also please explain why edmunds.com rates GM's LTZ packages as the best of 2010????

@snowman,

You lost all credibility when you rated the new GM chassis/suspension. That crap aint even out yet. You lose. I give credit where credit is due, Ford is taking it upon themselves to build it's own powertrain. Do I own a diesel?Sure do, it's the 7.3L in a 2000 F250 and V10 1999 F250 4x4.

First, GM designed the Duramax with Isuzu together, at the time GM owned 60% of Isuzu so that means it's in house design.
Second, Duramax is made in US unlike powerjoke in Mexico.

@zach - a fellow blogger asked me to give my opinion on how I would rate the various truck interiors. I posted my opinion. It is well within your rights to disagree.

zach - quote:And also please explain why edmunds.com rates GM's LTZ packages as the best of 2010????
Depends on their test/evaluation criteria, and which truck models did they use as a comparison.

zach -Quote:a real truck comes down to performace...
If that is how you make your choice, I do not have a problem with that.
I like to look at the "big picture".
Interior quality, fit and finish, options, colours, exterior features, specifications, MPG, HP etc. all factor into what I look for. I also look at reliability data, even word of mouth(to a lesser degree). Purchase price and residual value are also factors I look at. I also look at what I plan to do with it - present and future.

Bob made a post listing his favorite brands and asked for other bloggers to do the same. Here is my reply:

@ Bob - all depends on the truck class or bike class for that matter.
Pickups
compact/mid - --Toyota Tacoma
1/2 ton --------- Ford F150
!/2 ton OffRoad- Raptor
HD diesel------- Dodge Ram
HD gas --------- Power Wagon

zach - quote: GM places first in every category of the HD segment. Please Lou, explain that one to us.

You need to look at the following link:
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/05/a-quick-look-at-year-to-date-truck-sales-through-april-2010.html

GM may have number one performance specs: HP, torque, towing, hauling but they don't do very well in the HD sales area.
Why?
Perhaps most consumers are like me - they look at the "big picture" and don't buy based on performance specs alone!


Now they got the frame right and the brakes, how about putting in a 4 cylinder turbo diesel with 300 ft. lbs torque, 6 speed manual and get 30 plus MPG so we don't have to tow a filling station around with us. I bet they want $35k for the rig with the BIG diesel engine!

LOOK AT THE SPECS SILVERADO HAS 397 HORSEPOWER AND 765 FT POUNDS OF TOURQUE BACK OFF FORD AND DODGE

This is really good for work and there features.It will be premium priced,this is heavy duty like as cargador frontal but customers will see the value that it brings, Automatic, automated and manual transmissions will be available.



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