Report: General Motors Won't Accelerate Release of Next-Gen Full-Size Trucks

Report: General Motors Won't Accelerate Release of Next-Gen Full-Size Trucks
Rendering by Mark Stehrenberger for PickupTrucks.com

With higher prices at the pump, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker has no plans to speed up the debut of its next-generation full-size pickup trucks, according to a report in Automotive News.

"Trucks would not be a program that we’d move up in a mileage-sensitive market," Akerson said.

In the meantime, GM is moving up the release of more fuel-efficient cars, like the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, which is expected to launch four months earlier than planned.

Our take: We're scratching our heads a bit.

If GM is sticking to its revised launch schedule for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra replacements — changed after the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009 — this isn't big news. GM has a finite amount of engineering talent it can use to speed up the release of its new cars or trucks.

However, we're wondering if the resources are available, why wouldn't GM also want to move up the launch of its next-gen big pickups? Ford's all-new buzz-worthy powertrain lineup for the 2011 F-150 is powerful and fuel efficient. GM's next-gen pickups are expected to also receive new six-cylinder and eight-cylinder conventional and hybrid engines that are more powerful and efficent than the current engine lineup. GM's full-size twins are also expected to be lighter than the trucks they replace, which is expected to help improve EPA gas mileage ratings over today's. So why not move up the release in a "mileage-senstitive market?"

[Source: Automotive News]

Comments

It looks like a Chrysler 300 with a bed.

synergy

I am glad someone else notices the inappropriateness of Bob and am tired of hearing from the boy, but...

I love waiting for his immature comments, feels big in front of a computer screen haha.

Question - Are the orange highlighted areas to be featured designs when the next GM product is released? If so, I am not a fan of the rear window shape. 1 ton duallies in black are nice looking trucks.

I think the drawing is done for the PUTC story, and not a sneak peak from GM.

Not bashing GM itself, just saying, the people who market the products need to get the hell out! Rather than bringing out an all new truck with these "new fuel-efficient engines" to battle the Ford Ecoboost, they just chicken out. Good luck Ford and RAM! You're all we've Americans got!

Good time to bring on the global COLORADO!!!!!

inappropriateness??? So Brad thinks my comments are inappropriate huh? Well, Brad I suggest you call 1-800 my vagina hurts and tell them all about it. Either way, I don't give a darn rootin tooting what you think your entitled to. Now shut the puck up!

I agree with everybody that says GM needs to bring the truck sooner rather than later but not at the expense of quality.

They need a new line of engines. The 5.3 is fine, had one and liked it and it did fine but they need something comparable to the 5.0.

I'd have a hard time buying another GM right now when looking at Ford's engine options. 6.2 to 6.2, I think I'd still take a GM but wouldn't be embarrased in the Ford 6.2 either.

GM, get your s**t together and make some interesting stuff!

Doesnt sound like GM has a good business plan !
They are limited by green pushing leftys that dislike vehicles let alone full size trucks !! Linked together with Obama's Cronies,they are most likely and unfortunately lost !! How long GM will be lost,its hard to tell !

Where did CASEY go ?

Give me a break. If these journalist types actually understood what it takes to engineer a vehicle properly, they wouldn't keep pushing for faster development. 9 women can't have a baby in a month; I would rather wait for a well developed vehicle. This attitude is what lowers product quality.

@jab: Where exactly am I pushing for faster development, unless the resources are available to do so?

@jab, A properly functioning business could have prepared for this, but GM was in turmoil and Ford went for the jugular. Taking time to build a quality product now is like closing the barn door after the horses are out. GM needs to run the 2 minute drill.

I think GM is doing this right,just like Ford.

Look at Ford, they dominate in Trucks sales. So they are doing something right. The development on the 2012 F150 started before 2006 started! I mean, we shouldn't complain about how bad Ford is, because the numbers from sales are the say in that argument.

GM has always been number two. GM makes great trucks, but there problem is that they have to see what Ford does first. They are afraid of being the first one out there and seeing if it is a success. If they started being the first out there and trying new things, they might just be number one.

It makes sense to anyone with a brain that works. Ford spent Billions developing the new engines and 6 speed transmission for its new trucks. Utter disappointments that can't keep up with what GM has had in production for years. Keep the mainframe and concentrate on improving the milage of the truck. Right now, if anyone came out with a full size pick up that got 28 mpg city and 32 highway the other brands would die. There is not enough difference in capabilities of all makes of FS PU's to the average buyer, but add more mpg then you stand out. Since GM already has the best fuel mileage of all full size 1/2 ton PU's it would help them to invest money in milage technology before body style.

@Bob, don't worry about the crybabies like frank, he knows absolutely nothing about trucks period and he constantly proves it, stupid whiners, ford girl.

@Jeremykhn,

You said Ford dominates truck sales?

The Ford Ranger soon to be dead here cannot even compete against the Tacoma!

@UncleBud,

You said A properly functioning business could have prepared for this...

Well guess what GM is not a proper business!

They FAILED and due to the UAW connections with Obama, they got a WELFARE check courtesy of the taxpayers so Obama could keep getting UAW campaign money for 2012!

I have NO respect for companies that FAIL and are mis-managed where they cannot even stay above bankruptcy. Yet the sheeple keep praising this type of behavior where they FAIL as an organization and still reward their leadership with millions of $$$.

GM should have FAILED like a normal organization would (this is unfair and why can't other business get a welfare check? This too big to fail mentality is WRONG! You fail, you loose and let somebody else gobble up your FAILED business and maybe make it right!)

GM has lost credibility with me and I will never consider one of their FAILED vehicles ever!

I do not tolerate crybaby and whiner corporations. GM recieved an unfair business advantage because its competitors practiced proper business techniques to make the POOR leadership at GM to FAIL and become bankrupt.

That is the "American" way isn't it folks? Winners and losers!

If the football score said: Green Bay Packers 21, Chicago Bears 17, Green Bay should have won the game. But with a crybaby organization that GM is, the Bears won the game because they got a UNFAIR boost from the commisioners office to win the game. Just an example.

I do not tolerate that type of business practice and that is why I consider GM as it should be: JUNK!

Hey Mike, how much to you pay this boy to be on this site? haha just kidding.

I want a 2011 FX4 w/ ecoboost, thanks a lot Mike if my wallet wasn't screaming before haha.

Oxi, are you American? You want American companies to fail? Let me guess, you drive a Toyota? Did you know Toyota has received subsidies from the Japanese government? So, with that in mind, shouldn't you avoid them too? Or would you rather support the Japanese companies and government, than an American one?

@neil,

You are wrong,a Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo would be a pig on gas in a truck..

In the Sonata it only averages 26 mpg !!!

My 3900lb 2006 Dodge 5.7 HEMI V-8 Charger averages 26 mpg,with a V-8 Hemi,the new 2011 Charger's are better...

My buddies 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 crew cab averages 19 mpg !!

A 2.0 in a truck would get 15 mpg,even with an 8 speed,it would be a slow poke because it has no torque !!

by Oxi, I do not tolerate that type of business practice and that is why I consider GM as it should be: JUNK!

I can tell Oxi doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.
Oxi is a wet behind the ears young punk who thinks he knows what he's talking about but of course he doesn't have a clue. Where is your outrage at the banks that were bailed out? Chrysler? Harley Davidson, Chrsler twice was bailed out by the govt. I am glad to hear that Oxi would never consider a vehicle made by GM. That's good to know someone that stupid won't be driving a GM vehicle.

Oxi won't tolerate??? Who the H E DOUBLE L does he think he is?

oxi waves the white flag with the big red circle in the middle, on his front lawn here in the United States Of America. A little weird if you ask me.

by Oxi, I do not tolerate that type of business practice and that is why I consider GM as it should be: JUNK!

Where is your outrage at the banks that were bailed out? Chrysler? Harley Davidson, Chrsler twice was bailed out by the govt. I am glad to hear that Oxi would never consider a vehicle made by GM. That's good to know someone that stupid won't be driving a GM vehicle.

Oxi won't tolerate???

Buy American-

thats not the reason at all... If that was the reason GM would have pushed these trucks back, and they havnt... they just arent moving them up.

GM raised the bar in 2007 when they released their current trucks, and they will do it again in the summer of 2012.

Jeremy-

GM is always number 2? Dont you mean Chevy? Because GM (GMC+Chevrolet) usually outsells Ford when it comes to trucks... Now over the last year or so, Ford has outsold GM trucks on a number of occasions, but that is to be expected when you have a brand new truck going againist 4 year old competition...

Your right bob, GM doesn't need oxi, they have got their hands full with you.

Oxi-


Big whoop, not like you would ever buy a GM vehicle anyway...

@oxi you are missing my point. I'm just pointing out that Ford jumped all over GM while GM was in a mess. That's great for Ford, and this is capitalism at it's best. It's good to know that our borderline socialist gov't still doesn't have the power to defeat a great American business, although I think the Toyota recall fiasco was entirely fabricated by the US gov't.

Also, I'd be careful calling everybody at GM or any other bailed out company names. Most of them are hard working Americans who deserve better than to have to listen to your preaching. But then again, if you drive Toyota's like everybody here says you do, then they shouldn't give a flip who you are or what your opinion is anyway. I sure wouldn't.

@oxi why are talking about the Tacoma? This article is about full size trucks. You want to talk about Tundra sales? I didn't think so.

When I need a good laugh I just read the comment section of any story on PUTC. GM makes good trucks but the corporation is a complete mess.

As far as those who want to make fun of the Ecoboost just because the EPA rates it at 22mpg don't mean thats the best it will do. A friend of mine got one and has about 2500 miles on it now and says he is avg 24mpg easy with it. To be fair about it though he drives 50 on a 55mph highway lol. It's all about how you drive folks.

You people don't understand. GM just changed their HD trucks, they aren't going to change the design after only 2 years, that would be too costly, they want it to sell more than the cost of changing the factories.

GM is a FAILURE of a company that went bankrupt and needed a BAILOUT!

Toyota has NEVER been close to bankruptcy. Just look at their earnings, cash flow and sharevalue. Toyota is a well managed and ran company, GM is NOT!

GM is full of crooks and losers that ran an American icon of a company (replaced now by Ford) down the shytter!

I cannot and refuse to respect a loser of a company that cost the taxpayers so much for their INCOMPETANCE!

Now GM will be used as a political tool for the Obama 2012 race on how rescuing this FAILED giant and their so-called rebound (thanks to the federal government fabricating issues about Toyota's to benefit GM) is all because of Obama!

Toyota is still a well respected auto giant the world over. If you go to college you will learn about the TPS system from Toyota. All you will learn about GM in college is how NOT to run a company or a really liberal college, how to beg for a handout or WELFARE check and carry on with your lazy and pathetic ways!

By the way, I was sickened when I heard of the bailouts of the bankers!

Obama should have been removed from office as well as all Congessmen that voted for this crap!

But we as a nation have no voice, we just sit there and take it.

By the way, the bankers run this nation, not the political parties, electoral college president or the Pentagon. The bankers and the stupid federal reserve run everything here!

The bankers have no loyalities, they play both sides. They sent weapons to the Taliban when they faught the Russians and now look what we have...

Libya, it's not about saving civilian lives, it's about oil for Europe, slowing down Chinese investements into Africa, with the largest man-made river Libya will become the bread basket in Africa and that is a huge power to have when most of these recent conflicts in Tunisia and Egypt were started over higher food prices for the poor. Libya was planned last year with Southern Mistral 2011 exercises in November of last year with British and French air forces, etc... in joint war games planned for March 21-25. And guess when this whole charde over Libya started?

The bankers make the decisions, so when they need more cash flow, they will get it from the taxpayers whenever they feel like it. They make the decisions to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, heck they probably knew about 9/11 before it happened and quietly approved the plan to get the outcome they desired...think about it!

Oxi, its called a second chance. Now they currently have perhaps the best 1 ton on the road which benefits the people of North America. Besides, if they were not around no more, competition in the truck industry would go down drastically and prices up.

@Brad, that's good thinking. Back to the subject, I wish GM could come on with 1/2s. They're gonna be grand if the heavies are any indication. This is what it's all about, competition. GM has got to get back in the ring pronto.

@Brad,

Somebody else would have taken over and called themselves CBM, CryBabyMotors or something similar!

So it's ok to reward incompetant leadership at GM while you guys cry foul about the banks being bailed out? It's the same cr/p...

GM will never learn from their mistakes because their sugar daddy will always come to the rescue. I wish I could work at GM. I mean I could make bad business decisions that cost jobs and shareholder value and I all I have to do is whine to Obama and get a WELFARE check and carry on with my bonuses like nothing ever happened.

All of GM's and the UAW's leadership should have been FIRED!

Incompetance should not be rewarded and justified by a bailout. Same with the banks. If we the taxpayers are going to foot the bill for their mistakes than we should decide their leadership!

@ Bob - panties in a knot. LOL.
I don't know why you get so upset about trucks. The consensus is that you don't own one.
RE-read the story on the EB3.5 test. 19 - 23 empty. Do you recall any ACTUAL REAL WORLD TEST where a GMC truck got that kind of MPG?

GMC blamed fuel prices to stop accellerated developement of their new trucks.
WHY?

Their new trucks are not as fuel efficient as the old 5.3?
Their new trucks are not as fuel efficient as the new Fords?
Their new trucks won't sell in tough times?
Their new trucks were uncompetitive?
Their management doesn't have a clue?
Their political masters want GREEN cars not trucks?
Sucks to be you!

@bob I would say your comments lost most credibility calling people 'faggots' BEFORE trying to make your point. When you end up getting called out by a ton of people, rather than having people let you know you made a point, wouldn't you say your comments aren't really making their point? Maybe approach what you want to say a little differently.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting tired of people bragging about the fuel economy of the GM 5.3. "it gets 21 MPG, same as the EcoBoost." It does, but lacks 50HP and 82 ft. lbs. So, the EB makes much more power while getting the same (or better in real world testing) fuel economy. Try towing anywhere near what the EB can tow with the 5.3 geared for 21MPG and see what type of mileage you get. A guy that used to work for me bought a '07 Chevy CC with the 5.3. He gets 1 MPG better than my '07 F150 SCrew 5.4 (both 4x4), but can't pull nearly the trailer that I can, and when loaded he gets worse economy than I do loaded. His 5.3 is slightly quicker unloaded, but a dog when pulling a load.

Oxi,

CBM, sounds pretty catchy. Cry Baby Motors - Where the youth shop!

Good Joke, I love it!

@Bob

I really haven't got much to say to you...Its painfully obvious that your deeply frustrated at GM but refuse to admit it in fear of admitting the company made some poor choice's over the past 10 years. I ALMOST feel sorry for you. And I honestly would if you didn't act like such an @sshole.

But when you come on here, and start calling us Ford guys (who make up a large demogragraphic of this site) ''faggots'' and throwing out all these wild eyed accusations, then what do you expect? Of course we are going to fight back with mixed emotions. Some of us will get pissed and tell you what for...Others won't give a damn.

But the plain simple fact is that GM is in trouble right now...Rather you choose to accept that or not is totally up to you. But GM is being poorly run and managed...They have what I beleive to be a courrpt government influencing alot of their products. Which here lately, have not been all that competitive.

Nate M-

GM in trouble? what are you smoking?

they have been profitable 4 quarters in a row and are set to take back the number 1 sales leader in the world...Just wait until GM is able to refresh its entire lineup. They will be printing money.

They made more money last quarter then Ford did... Maybe you should research before you post.

you people are just as dumb as Bob, you comment on every post he makes and it gives him fuel to keep going..

Just ignore his ass, it might work....

@ Jake - why don't you research how much money the USA government will get back if it sold all of its GMC shares.
The USA goverment owns GMC, therefore they already are printing money (USA Treasury). Do some research and find out what happens to a country that prints too much money.
As far as GMC refreshing its entire lineup - to quote the news " GM has a finite amount of engineering talent it can use to speed up the release of its new cars or trucks."
I'd say GMC also has a VERY finite amount of managerial talent. Virtually zero.

Ah Lou the closet GM hater, never gets old...

My point is, GM isnt in trouble, they are doing fine and have been plenty profitable... And thats with a line-up that isnt even close to being done...

Do some research, its not that hard to see that GM is on the up.

@Jake

If you think GM in on the ''up'' right now your the one thats high. GM was on the UP in the 20 years ago. Weve all heard from Bob a million times and now your doing the same thing...''Wait until GM Refreashes their lineup in 4 years! THEN WE'LL SEE WHOS BEATING WHO''!...Lol...Seriosuly guys, were not talking about 4 years from now..Were talking about NOW. And IF and thats a big IF...GM manages to pull themselves outta the slump they are in right that YOU and Bob refuse to beleive they are in. Then maybe just maybe they will start to rebuild their image with public, and can start doing business like an honorable company again.

@ Jake - "Lou the closet GM hater" - closet implies hidden.
My views of GMC (mis)management, and of bailouts are well known.
GMC was mismanaged to bankruptsy.
GMC is currently being mismanaged.
Trucks are the bread and butter of any Domestic Company.
Neglecting trucks is mismanagement.

Re-read the news story. Here are the key points:

1. "Trucks would not be a program that we’d move up in a mileage-sensitive market," Akerson said.

2.GM's next-gen pickups are expected to also receive new six-cylinder and eight-cylinder conventional and hybrid engines that are more powerful and efficent than the current engine lineup.

3.GM's full-size twins are also expected to be lighter than the trucks they replace, which is expected to help improve EPA gas mileage ratings over today's.

4. So why not move up the release in a "mileage-senstitive market?"

Point #4 Those words belong to a trusted automotive journalist.

Alan Mulally should mail a thank you card to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson.
Christmas has come early for Ford.

I thought this news article was about GM not accelerating the release of the next generation of it's fullsize trucks? Apparently not. Seems to me that some (or most) of the comments have nothing to do with what Mike Levine is reporting on. Seems like whatever news of Chevy/GMC are posted here, it all turns into a GM bashing event.

GM deserves to be bashed. If they can get a welfare check, than why can't I? It is unfair for GM to have a competitive advantage while other companies have to earn their way in the market. It is unfair for GM to get protection from Obama in return for campaign contributions for 2012 so Obama can use this for his 2012 re-election by the electoral college.

GM failed, it's that simple.

"GM deserves to be bashed. If they can get a welfare check, than why can't I? It is unfair for GM to have a competitive advantage while other companies have to earn their way in the market. It is unfair for GM to get protection from Obama in return for campaign contributions for 2012 so Obama can use this for his 2012 re-election by the electoral college.

GM failed, it's that simple." -oxi

Toyota, and all of the other foreign companies assembling in the U.S., is not in a strangle-hold by the United Auto Workers. With that alone, I would consider that these foreign companies have an unfair competitive advantage. Wouldn't you agree?



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