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GM Trucks Are Losing Weight!

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On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:45AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

GM Trucks Are Losing Weight!

General Motors has big plans in store for their pickup lines in the near future. Part of the future design includes a significant trimming of the weight of the General Motors passenger pickup trucks. The upcoming truck diet is intended to push the lineup towards better fuel economy and to beat their competition.

The new fuel economy standards in the United States will require that all auto manufactures have an average fuel rating of 55 miles per gallon—meaning not all vehicles need to meet this standard but they must all average 55 MPG when combined. GM is undoubtedly looking for ways to improve the gas mileage on all vehicles to meet this standard. They recently announced that the new 2014 Corvette Stingray would get an extremely impressive (for a powerful sports car, at least) 29 miles to the gallon.

New information is coming out now about the plans GM has for getting their trucks on par for the upcoming regulations and putting them on a diet is a major part of that plan—soon, but maybe not soon enough. GM’s new weight reduction design will likely come in 2019 when the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are redesigned again. Plans might have to be started a little sooner—Ford has an F-150 coming out in the fall of 2014 that is supposedly 700 pounds lighter than the current model.

The plans also include the addition of more efficient motors and better transmissions, but the biggest fuel savings for major truck makers is going to come from lowering the weight.

The 2014 General Motors Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra have already shed between 250 and 400 pounds as a part of their latest makeover. Currently, the lightest Chevy Silverado trim package weighs in a 4,387 lbs. This relatively minor weight reduction has critics calling out GM for not going far enough with their weight reduction and power train upgrades.

Over the next few years, the Silverado and Sierra are set to undergo various different rolling changes before 2019. General Motors will start using materials of more lightweight design like aluminum and composites. As soon as late next year, the Silverado is rumored to get a 20% better MPG rating through a lighter aluminum version. Other rumored changes include a redesign of components like springs, axles, and driveshafts for weight reduction, as well as body paneling changes.


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