GM Begins Transition to Single Pickup Platform

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The strategy to produce both old (K2) and new (T1) Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks was a clever way of making a smooth transition from one important set of half-ton pickups to a set of all-new and just as important (some might say more) half-ton pickups.

According to Automotive News (subscription required), the production of old and new versions of Chevrolet and GMC half-ton platforms should be complete by the end of 2019. Because GM has two plants producing the trucks, the automaker was able to build a small backlog of pickups for the dealer pipeline and keep the plant in Silao, Mexico, running while swapping over the Fort Wayne, Ind., plant to produce the crew- and double-cab models of the all-new 2019 Silverado/Sierra 1500 platform with the V-8 engines. The Mexico plant is expected to start producing regular- and crew-cab 2019 Chevrolet and GMC half-ton trucks by the first quarter of 2019.

Another piece of strategic genius turned out to be creating what GM called the "Oshawa shuttle," which allowed the automaker to lighten the production load at the Fort Wayne plant by sending double-cab Silverado and Sierra 1500s to its Oshawa, Ontario, plant to be painted and assembled. That resulted in very little production down-time during the transition and allowed Chevy and GMC to be more flexible as orders for the new half tons came in from U.S. dealerships.

The all-new trucks began arriving at dealerships at the end of the third quarter; by this time in 2019, the only pickup being produced by GM will be the T1 platform in all three cab styles — regular, double and crew.

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Well then..., The "Shivvy-Shake" will now be spread out across the line-up a little more evenly…

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You mean... "We tacked updated VIN plates on unsold '18 models so we can sell them as '19s.

By going with a more evolutionary step as opposed to a revolutionary leap it appears GM has played it safe in product, inventory, and production.

Probably not a bad strategy when you're in 2nd place with fiat closing in, you've already gone bankrupt once and a refreshed mid level F150 EB V6 just DESTROYED your all new Silverado High Country 6.2V8 in PUT.com's latest competition.

F150 EB V6 just DESTROYED your all new Silverado High Country 6.2V8 in PUT.com's latest competition.


Posted by: Clint | Nov 14, 2018 1:12:19 PM

This article concerns GM. GM destroyed Ford.

This is LAME.

In 10 years, Boris and Doug will be comparing their '19 Silverado and be confused AF.

Dumb.

Made in Mexico. Isn't that special.

@ Clint

Did u not see the performance facts. The Silverado 6.2L destroyed your eco bust. And the HP/TQ was 40+ more. Keep watching your fors commercials man.

GMs are not second to Ford. GM sells more trucks than Ford, and have for a very long time.

So please don't spread the lie.

So the only way for me to buy an American built GM truck is to buy a doublecab (not reg not crew) in the old platform in certain colors?
The rest is Mexico or Canada??

Something wrong with Canada.

What happened to the plan for GM to bring truck manufacturing back to the US? They go bankrupt, take our tax money, screw investors, avoid warranty obligations, and then build most of the freaking trucks North or South of our borders. WTF is WRONG with GM?

JEEP Gladiator Specs have been leaked! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j3s72Ky9hI

@ TNTGAY

DId u not see the performance facts. The Silverado 6.2L destroyed your eco bust. And the HP/TQ was 40+ more. Keep watching your fors commercials man.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 3:00:23 PM

If you equate a few 10ths of a second destroying....then you’re an idiot. And the fact you don’t question the dyno results of the EB shows you are an idiot. Must be a hard pill to swallow that a truck down ( according to the dyno figures ) like the F150 vs the Silverado/Sierra can hang neck and neck with them

FYI. Since you think a few 10ths is destroying. Your logic dictates the F150 absolutely annihilated both GM truck in mpg.

Ford took taxpayer money and they still build junk. WTF"s wrong with Ford ?

I see jelly Frodnatic girlyboys whinning and spreading FAKE NEWS again,carryon losers

LOL

Anyone with Chevy, GMC or GM in their username is pure clown.

I see school let out...

Did u not see the performance facts. The Silverado 6.2L destroyed your eco bust. And the HP/TQ was 40+ more. Keep watching your fors commercials man

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 3:00:23 PM

and the best it could beat the 3.5 Eco .28 seconds empty
.40 seconds max payload
that's the best the 6.2 can do after all that hype about the 10 speed trans, updated motor (AFM) for 2019, and losing weight, and after all that it got worse FE that the previous test whats up with?

@ drools

Did it beat it?? Yep! Next

Glad u show your comments. You were one also bragging about Fors winning. All talk and no show!

As for fuel economy. I sure hope the Ford would do better. It did have 11k miles on it compared to a new truck. Even u can at least admit that the Ford was well broken in. Should have performed better to bc its "class leading" remember

@TNTGAY

If you equate a few 10ths of a second destroying....then you’re an idiot. And the fact you don’t question the dyno results of the EB shows you truly are an idiot. Must be a hard pill to swallow knowing that a truck down ( according to the dyno figures ) on power like the F150 vs the Silverado/Sierra is, can hang neck and neck with them.

FYI. Since you think a few 10ths is destroying. Your logic dictates the F150 absolutely annihilated both GM truck in mpg.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 4:20:15 PM

You were one also bragging about Fors winning

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 5:32:59 PM

prove it

@ drools

Did it beat it?? Yep! Next

Glad u show your comments. You were one also bragging about Fors winning. All talk and no show!


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 5:29:39 PM

like i said

and the best it could beat the 3.5 Eco .28 seconds empty
.40 seconds max payload
that's the best the 6.2 can do after all that hype about the 10 speed trans, updated motor (AFM) for 2019, and losing weight, and after all that it got worse FE that the previous test whats up with?


Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 14, 2018 5:23:05 PM

pretty pathetic to me after all that updating that's the best GM can do LOL

prove it


Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 14, 2018 5:38:11 PM

He’s a liar. This is the guy who claim he owns a 6.2L Sierra and gets 23mpg.

Pure lies.

This article concerns GM. GM destroyed Ford.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Nov 14, 2018 1:24:00 PM

Actually GM as a mfg came in 2.5. Not 1st.

2.5 is worse than 2.

i even going to change my ID

@ brick

Um. I believe PUTC has proven it for me. The last comparison they did it achieved 23mpgs! Boy good to see your back and peachy as ever!

And I have proved that I own a 6.2. I posted pic. Btw...u never ever say what u drive...maybe an escort like your other 20 usernames.

@ drools

No the Ford not showing up was pathetic. Just proof in front of your eyes that at or below sea level. Your turbo motor is inferior to GMs monster 6.2L. Class dismissed yet again.

Ford claims to have highest torque in it's class and highest towing in it's class. Why did it not come in at # 1
Guess it's because it's More Ford bull.

Is there product for Oshawa?

2.5 is worse than 2.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018 5:43:17 PM

2.5 is numerically higher than 2. Either way you look at it, GM wins.

Anyone with Chevy, GMC or GM in their username is pure clown.
Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018

fake papa

GM needs to do much better. When compared to Ford, GM has lost 5% per year of full size market share since 2015.

fake papa


Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018 6:17:22 PM

Must have been. As you only whine and judge ones with Ford in their username.

Anyone who uses the words just, the or truth in their commenting name is fake.

When you say one platform, does that mean GM is doing away with the 2 brand approach? I always thought it would be smarter to get rid of one of the nameplates and focus on one truck.

When you say one platform, does that mean GM is doing away with the 2 brand approach? I always thought it would be smarter to get rid of one of the nameplates and focus on one truck.

I guess I'm gonna have to get my own TypeKey account or something.

I guess I'm gonna have to get my own TypeKey account or something.


Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018 6:47:45 PM

Get a wheelchair and brain.

Looks like Brick got out of school (detention class) early today

I guess I'm gonna have to get my own TypeKey account or something.


Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018 6:47:45 PM

Do whatever you gotta do.

You’ll still be the laughingstock around here, living in a trailer and getting gummers from your toothless sister/wife.

"You mean... "We tacked updated VIN plates on unsold '18 models so we can sell them as '19s..."
Posted by: redbloodedxy | Nov 14, 2018 12:47:15 PM

Great point redbloodedxy! When will GM learn to set the trucks we can't sell on fire!

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-45628325

Pretty pathetic you resort to bashing Ford in an article about GM.

I don’t even stoop that low.

Pretty pathetic you resort to bashing Ford in an article about GM.

Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018 7:52:13 PM

There is never a bad time to bash Ford.

So if I have this right.
2018 GM 1/2tons are all old model new trucks
2019 GM 1/2 tons can either be old-new or new-new trucks.

That's sure to make for interesting resale values in a few years.

The "Shivvy-Shake" will now be spread out across the line-up a little more evenly…


Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Nov 14, 2018 12:09:56 PM

There goes GM stealing Ford's ideas again...

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/vibration-issues-group-thread-ford-complaint-please-read-395499/
https://www.fordf150.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=123333
https://www.f150forum.com/f2/2017-xlt-bad-vibration-issue-394591/
https://www.f150forum.com/f118/2015-f150-fx4-vibration-help-297498/
https://www.f150forum.com/f38/vibration-highway-speeds-363806/
https://www.f150forum.com/f2/2016-platnium-vibration-problem-345873/

Years ago when the all-new 2004 came out, they shook like a leaf rolling down the highway to the point that a guy in a car behind you could watch the bed on your truck shaking while driving. From what I heard, Ford traced it to the new outboard rear shock mounting they started using. Strangely, they kept building them that way ever since. Ford never really did fix the vibration problem. A ton of 12th gens had it too. 15 years later and Ford ignores the problem.

and getting gummers from your toothless sister/wife.
Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 14, 2018

@tntg...

Actually I recall it was YOU who insisted on dressing as a woman while gumming my gizmo

Pretty pathetic you resort to bashing Ford in an article about GM.

I don’t even stoop that low.


Posted by: papajim | Nov 14, 2018 7:52:13 PM

oh yeah you do

"According to Automotive News (subscription required), the production of old and new versions of Chevrolet and GMC half-ton platforms should be complete by the end of 2019."


Considering that they started the changeover around a year ago it is taking forever. Competing against themselves with a heavily discounted obsolete truck does not make much sense unless they are having major issues getting the new truck into production. As an investor I find this piece of news to be very concerning, maybe more than the report that the 6.2 requires premium fuel. Maybe GM needs to ask Tesla for some help getting production going.



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