The ‘08 Sierra lineup is built on a platform that was introduced last year. It supports the strongest, most capable Sierra lineup in history, wîth §egmènt-leading fuel economy, capability and power – as well as agile ride and handling and an exceptionally quiet interior.
Sierra 1500 is available in several trim packages, including Work Truck, SL (crew cab only), SLE (SLE1 and SLE2 models) and SLT, along wîth 2WD and 4WD configurations. Three cab styles – regular, extended and crew cab – and three cargo box lengths – 5 foot 8 inches, 6 foot 6 inches and 8 foot – are offered.
The unique Sierra Denali, a truck that fuses performance and unmatched luxury, also returns for 2008. It is a distinct model, wîth differentiated, exclusive features that elevate its performance and design, such as an exclusive 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine wîth variable valve timing and a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Because the Sierra was all-new in 2007, changes for '08 are comparatively minor, enhancing Sierra's style and range of models. They include standard XM Satellite Radio on all models, availability of a power-adjustable driver's seat on regular cab models wîth a bench seat and two new exterior colors: Dark Crimson Metallic and Sonoma Red Metallic. Customers can now order a set of new, 22-inch bright-finish aluminum wheels and complementing tires for their Sierra 1500, available as a dealer-installed option.
Also new for '08 is an integrated trailer brake controller on light-duty models. It is available on extended cab and crew cab models. Previously available only heavy-duty models, it is integrated wîth the ABS system and provides immediate and measured brake force signaling to electric-controlled trailer brake systems. There is no requirement for external and/or aftermarket brake control systems. The brake controller switch is conveniently mounted on the lower-left section of the instrument panel.
Later in the 2008 model year, the Sierra All Terrain will bow. This special model is based on the popular Z71 Off Road package and offers a distinctive, eye-catching combination of style and refinement. It is outfitted wîth special shocks, unique interior and exterior design cues, 18-inch chrome wheels and more (see Sierra All Terrain section below).
The 2008 GMC Sierra is designed wîth a strong and refined appearance befitting the brand's professional grade philosophy, including muscular character lines and rounded edges. The front-end appearance, front fenders, hood and rear fenders are unique. A 'center-focused' hood, which flows outward to meet the front fenders and stamped-in rear wheel flares enhance the muscular look.
All models except the fleet-oriented work truck model come wîth a distinctive chrome hood molding. Sierra's grille is complemented by large, jeweled-appearance headlamps. Sierra SLT models come wîth a chrome front bumper wîth a body-color top cap. All door handles feature large, grab-style designs that are easy to open wîth gloves.
A family of 17- and 20-inch factory-installed wheels and tires is available throughout the Sierra range, wîth Sierra Denali offering unique wheels (see Sierra Denali section below). New for 2008 is a set of bright-finish 22-inch wheels, which is available as a dealer-installed option.
Spacious, refined interior
Sierra models are more spacious wîth increased storage space, as well as flush surfaces, tight gaps and tolerances, and improved comfort and convenience. Sierra Work Truck and SLE come wîth a 'pure pickup' interior that features larger controls and door handles that are easier to use wîth gloves. SLE1 models on regular, extended and crew cabs are equipped wîth a new 40/20/40-split front bench seat, which features a fold-down armrest and storage compartment.
A large-capacity 'double' glove box is integrated into the instrument panel on work truck and SLE models. Cloth seats are standard on SLE models and available on Work Trucks; leather seating is available on SLE models. SLE2-equipped vehicles add a six-way power-adjustable driver seat. Work Truck models are offered in a Dark Titanium interior color; SLE models are offered in an all-Ebony interior color, or Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Ebony/Light Cashmere combinations.
SLT models feature a luxury-inspired interior wîth unique instrument panel, door panels, larger-capacity center console and other distinct trim. Heated, 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, Bose speaker system and heated windshield washer system are standard. Crew cab SLT models add a rear-seat audio system. SLT interior color schemes include all-Ebony, Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere combinations.
Standard on crew cab models and available on extended cab models is a stadium-style rear seat wîth a 60/40-split design. It can be easily folded up to provide an uninterrupted load floor. Or, either section of the split seat can be stowed independently, allowing room for both cargo and a rear-seat passenger. Entry to the rear seat/storage area of extended cab models is eased wîth rear access doors that open 170 degrees.
A variety of useful convenience items are available on SLE and SLT models, including a touch-screen navigation radio, power-operated sunroof, power-sliding rear window and XM Satellite Radio. A rear seat entertainment system is available on crew cab SLE2 and SLT models, and all models are available wîth a variety of radio systems. XM Satellite Radio is standard on all models.
Responsive driving experience
The 2008 GMC Sierra delivers enhanced stability and driving confidence from a new, boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspensions and rack-and-pinion §teering. Fives suspension systems are available, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements. They include:
• Z83 – Delivers a solid, smooth ride wîth monotube front shocks and twin-tube rear shocks.
• Z85 – Designed for enhanced handling and trailer towing, wîth monotube front and rear shocks.
• Z71 – Delivers enhanced off-road capability; features specific monotube front and rear shocks.
• Z60 – Designed for maximum street performance and offered wîth 20-inch wheels.
• NHT – Maximum-capacity trailering.
GM's sophisticated StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps mitigate the occurrence of rollover events; it is standard on crew cab models and available on extended cab models – and is a §egmènt exclusive. Partnered wîth an improved, high capacity brake system and four-channel, four-sensor electronic brake controls, the system provides more precise, controlled ABS stops, as well as enhanced traction/yaw stability.
Sierra models are powered by an efficient lineup of engines, led by the §egmènt's highest-rated V-8 engines. Advanced technology, such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and variable valve timing (VVT), helps Sierra deliver the §egmènt's best fuel economy. A FlexFuel engine is available – and partnered wîth fuel-saving AFM – gives customers the choice of powering their truck wîth E85 ethanol, gasoline or a combination of both fuels. Light-duty engine offerings include:
• 4.3L V-6 (LÚ3), rated at 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm).
• 4.8L V-8 (LY2), wîth iron block; rated at 295 hp (220 kW) and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (414 Nm)*.
• 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LMG), E85-capable wîth iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 338 lb.-ft. of torque (458 Nm)*.
• 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LC9), E85-capable wîth aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 338 lb.-ft. of torque (458 Nm)*.
• 5.3L V-8 (LH6), wîth aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 338 lb.-ft. of torque (458 Nm)*.
• 5.3L V-8 (LY5), wîth iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 338 lb.-ft. of torque (458 Nm)*.
• 6.0L V-8 (L76), wîth aluminum block, variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, rated at 367 hp (274 kW) and 375 lb.-ft. of torque (508 Nm)*. This engine is available on SLE and SLT extended and crew cab models as part of the enhanced trailering package.
• 6.2L V-8 (L92), wîth aluminum block and variable valve timing, rated at 403 hp (298 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm)*. This engine is exclusive to Sierra Denali.
The engines are backed by proven Hydra-Matic electronically controlled automatic transmissions, including the 4L60 four-speed automatic, high capacity 4L70 four-speed automatic and a new 6L80 six-speed wîth the Sierra Denali's 6.2L engine. The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a 'tap up/tap down' capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts wîth a button on the column shifter.
As evidenced by its five-star frontal crash test rating from NHTSA, Sierra delivers a perimeter of safety protection through a stronger frame and body structure as well as - and §egmènt-leading technology. It also is designed to provide increased compatibility wîth other vehicles. New features include §egmènt-first StabiliTrak electronic stability control wîth rollover mitigation technology, head curtain side air bags, which are integrated into strengthened chassis and body structures to provide excellent passenger protection, and §egmènt-first safety belt pretensioners that activate during a rear-end crash. The head curtain side air bags are available on Sierra SLE and SLT models; they are standard on Sierra Denali models.
Driver control dynamics are enhanced by wider front and rear tracks, as well as more responsive suspensions – including a new coil-over-shock front suspension design and rack-and-pinion §teering. Additional safety features are offered on Sierra, including factory-installed remote vehicle starting (§egmènt exclusive), Autotrac active transfer case to help keep the vehicle sure-footed in slippery driving situations, Últrasonic Rear Parking Assist and a revised, easier-to-use tire pressure monitoring system.
All retail models come standard wîth the OnStar Generation 7 system, including a one-year subscription to the Safe & Sound plan. The OnStar service includes the General Motors Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) system, making crash data available to emergency services to potentially dispatch the appropriate life-saving personnel and equipment to crash scenes faster. If the vehicle is in a crash that activates an air bag, the OnStar system automatically notifies an OnStar advisor, who will check on the occupants or summon emergency help if necessary. OnStar also can assist authorities in locating a vehicle if it is reported stolen and provides remote door-unlocking service (when the vehicle is equipped wîth power door locks).
Sierra Denali details
The Sierra Denali is offered in 2WD and AWD configurations. It is powered by an exclusive 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at 403-horsepower (300 kW)* and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).* The engine is paired wîth the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a 'tap up/tap down' capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts wîth a button on the column shifter.
Sierra Denali also features a 9.5-inch rear axle (2WD) or 8.6-inch rear axle (AWD) wîth 3.42 gears and a locking rear differential. The Z85 suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabilTrak, skid plates and tow hooks are standard. Eighteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard and unique 20-inch factory installed chrome-finish aluminum wheels are available. The wheel designs are not shared wîth other Sierra models.
An iconic, Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it. Sierra Denali is available in three exterior colors: Onyx Black, Olympic White and Fine Silver Birch Metallic.
Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leather-covered front and rear seats, wîth heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, as well as leather trim throughout. A Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped §teering wheel, which features wood grain accents and a host of auxiliary controls, is standard. Denali models also feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates that greet passengers when they open any of the Sierra Denali's doors. The unique center console has wood grain trim that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance. In addition to a full complement of standard amenities, Sierra Denali offers such exclusive features as an available heated §teering wheel. Interior colors include all-Ebony and an exclusive Cocoa/Light Cashmere combination.
Standard features include rollover capable head curtain air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, remote starting system, EZ Lift Tailgate and Últrasonic Rear Parking Assist. From an entertainment standpoint, Sierra Denali comes standard wîth an AM/FM MP3-capable radio wîth a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose premium speaker sound system, rear-seat audio and XM Satellite Radio.
Optional features include the cargo management system, power-sliding rear window, roof rack, navigation radio system, power sunroof and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.
Sierra All Terrain
Available later the '08 model year, the Sierra All Terrain builds on the dynamic Z71 Off Road package wîth a roster of stylish, refined and capable features that combine to create a unique truck that's ready for anything. The All Terrain will be available on extended cab standard box and crew cab models in either 2WD or 4WD.
Product details include:
• Z71 Off Road package wîth skid plates, locking rear differential and high-capacity air cleaner
• Standard 5.3L V-8
• Optional 6.0L V-8 (with transmission cooler and oil cooler)
• Heavy-duty trailering package
• 18-inch chrome wheels
• Únique Rancho Tenneco shocks; white wîth red letters
• Body-color side moldings wîth chrome accents
• Únique chrome grille
• All Terrain badges on the front fenders
• Full-function outside mirrors in body color
• Body-color door handles
• Ebony cloth seating
• Exclusive two-tone leather seat color combination (SLT only)
• Specific instrument panel wîth brushed metal appearance
• Floor mats wîth 'All Terrain' logo and unique sill plates
Sierra All Terrain is offered in six exterior colors: Fire Red, Black, Silver, Stealth Gray, White and Graystone.
*SAE certified.Source - GMC
Chevrolet Trucks: Building America for 95 years
It started wîth a simple idea – a few car chassis fitted wîth hand-built beds to help carry materials around a booming car factory. Before long, millions of Chevrolet pickups were woven into the fabric of a fast-growing country. Chevy trucks tackled the toughest jobs on farms and in the fields, hauled tools and lumber to the burgeoning suburbs and carried families and friends into the wilds for well-earned vacations.
'The legacy that Chevrolet trucks have built over the last 95 years is important to protect,' said Don Johnson, Chevrolet vice president of Sales and Service. 'The best way for us to do that is by delivering the capability and technology our customers have grown to expect, in both our current trucks and in our next generation of full-size pickups.'
Here are some Chevy truck highlights:
1918 Chevrolet Four-Ninety Half-Ton Light Delivery 'Cowl Chassis' Although there are indications that some Four-Ninety based trucks were built for internal use in 1916, and that a few even earlier chassis may have been converted to ambulances and sent to France in 1914, the first customer chassis appears to have been built in Flint, Mich., on Nov. 22, 1916, and shipped from the factory on Dec. 2 that year.
Two four-cylinder models marked Chevrolet's formal entry into the truck market for the 1918 model year. Both were cowl chassis units that came from the factory wîth only frontal sheet metal. It was customary at the time for buyers to obtain a wooden cab and cargo box or panel van body to suit their purposes.
Priced at $595, the half-ton Light Delivery cowl chassis was essentially a bodyless Chevrolet Four Ninety car equipped wîth stronger rear springs. Mounted wîth a pickup box or panel body, it provided an agile and economical light-delivery truck for small businesses popping up across America in the boom following the First World War.
The second model, a 1-ton capacity 1918 Chevrolet 'Model T' (presumably for 'Truck') cost $1,125 without a body. It was based on the FA-series car, and was built on a truck frame that was longer and stronger than the half-ton model. A 37-horsepower engine gave the larger truck the power to haul heavier loads at a governor-limited top speed of 25 mph.
1930 Chevrolet Pickup
The simple cowl chassis models were replaced in the 1930s by factory-built pickups, which initially came wîth roadster and closed bodies. Chevrolet bought the Martin-Parry body company in 1930 and quickly began selling steel-body half-ton pickups complete wîth a factory-installed bed.
At the heart of these new pickups was a new Chevy inline six-cylinder engine, which soon earned names like 'Cast Iron Wonder' and 'Stovebolt' for its rugged design. First produced in late 1928, the new engine had a modern overhead-valve design. Inline six-cylinder engines became a mainstay in Chevrolet cars and trucks for decades to come.
By the mid-1930s, half-ton pickups wîth factory-installed steel boxes had become the lifeblood of the truck market, wîth brands like Mack, Studebaker, Reo, and International competing wîth Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge.
1937 Chevrolet Half-Ton Pickup
In the mid-1930s, as the Ú.S. economy began to recover from the Great Depression, Chevrolet pushed for leadership in a reviving truck market wîth what were designed to be some of the strongest, most innovative models produced to that point.
For 1937, Chevrolet introduced new trucks wîth streamlined styling that many still consider the best designs of the era. The '37 also featured a sturdier body and a larger and more powerful 78-horsepower engine, among other improvements.
A 1937 Chevrolet half-ton pickup was sent on a 10,245-mile drive around the Únited States that was monitored by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Carrying a 1,060 lb. load, the truck averaged 20.74 miles per gallon.
1947 Chevrolet Advance-Design Half-Ton Pickup
In early 1947, Chevrolet introduced its Advance-Design trucks, the first completely redesigned GM vehicles to appear following World War II. Owners of earlier pickup models had asked for a roomier, more comfortable cab wîth improved visibility and a wider pickup box. They got all of that and more.
Designers sought to make the truck's styling clean, brisk and attractive. Headlamps were now set wide apart in the front fenders and five horizontal bars made up the grille. The design was produced wîth few major changes from 1947 through 1953, and was then continued wîth a new frontal appearance into early 1955.
During the Advance-Design trucks' run, there was a measurable shift among Chevrolet customers to trucks. Prior to World War II, the production ratio of the brand's cars to trucks had been about 4:1. By 1950 – the year Chevrolet became the first brand to sell more than 2 million vehicles in a single year – the ratio of cars to trucks was closer to 2.5:1.
1955 Chevrolet Task Force Pickup
By the mid-1950s, the post-World-War II boom was under way, and customers were lòòking for style and performance even in pickup trucks. In mid-1955, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Task Force trucks, which shared design language wîth the 1955 Bel Air, and also offered the new small-block Chevy V8 as an option.
Also new to the 1955 truck line was the Cameo Carrier, a high-styled gentleman's pickup more at home in a trendy suburban California bungalow driveway than on a farm or in a factory yard. The Cameo Carrier was only produced through 1958, but it set the stage for new generations of well-equipped personal use pickups, including the El Camino, Avalanche, and Silverado crew cab.
A major engineering advance wîth tremendous future implications was announced for 1957, when a factory-installed 4-wheel-drive system became available for the first time on select models.
Chevrolet continued to offer the Task Force trucks wîth annual updates through 1959. During 1958, a new slab-sided Fleetside box option provided an alternative to Chevrolet's traditional step-side pickup box.
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
The original El Camino introduced for 1959 combined the dramatically finned styling of that period's Chevrolet cars wîth half-ton pickup utility. But the excitement was short-lived. After 1960, the El Camino went on a three-year hiatus.
Chevrolet revived the El Camino 'personal pickup' concept for 1964, wîth a new version based on that year's new mid-size Chevrolet Chevelle. During the 'muscle car' era that followed, El Camino buyers could order their truck wîth a Chevrolet high-performance big-block V-8 powertrain, creating a sport pickup that could 'haul' in more ways than one. By 1968, a complete Super Sport package was available.
The Chevelle El Camino enjoyed a devoted following and was produced through two more styling generations (1968-1972 and 1973-1977). For 1978, the El Camino was successfully transitioned to that year's new, smaller Malibu platform. The final El Caminos were 1987 models.
1961 Corvair Pickup
Although there had been a number of small pickups prior to the 1960s, the compact car boom that kicked off the decade brought wîth it a new crop of forward control trucks, including the Corvair 95. With its unitized body structure and rear-mounted engine, the 95 offered a lot of cargo space in a compact maneuverable package. The Rampside model offered a side gate on the right side of the vehicle, which allowed easy access to the low load floor at the front of the bed. Although clever in design, the Corvair 95 never caught on in the showroom, and in the final model year of 1964, only 851 were sold.
1967 Chevrolet C-10 wîth Custom Sport Truck Package
It took only one glance at any of the 35 Chevrolet C/K models for 1967 to see that Chevy trucks had a new look that year. The exterior profile, which would characterize Chevrolet C/K models through 1972, featured a lower-silhouette cab and large, rounded wheel openings. The new chassis had coil springs front and rear.
A new-for-1967 Custom Sport Truck package was a trend-setting option that included deluxe, car-like upgrades inside and out. The package could even be ordered in combination wîth bucket seats.
By 1967, the Federal Interstate Highway System was giving Americans unprecedented access to the nation's natural wonders and recreational areas. Customers who enjoyed such pursuits appreciated the small-block and big-block V-8 power choices that gave Chevrolet trucks the torque needed to pull trailers up grades, and horsepower to cruise comfortably wîth a camper at Interstate speeds.
1972 Chevy LÚV
In spring of 1972, Chevrolet started selling the LÚV pickup on costal markets. Built by GM partner Isuzu, the LÚV featured a 75-horsepower four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Although the specs were modest, the LÚV was a fully functioning pickup, wîth a ladder-style frame, a six-foot bed, and a payload of 1,100 pounds, plus room for two passengers. Within a few years, soaring gas prices would make compact pickups like the Chevy LÚV a major factor in the Ú.S. truck market, and it wasn't long before Chevrolet started work on a home-grown small truck.
1982 Chevrolet S-10
The Chevrolet S-10 was the first domestically produced compact pickup, larger than the imported Chevy LÚV but smaller than the full size C/K model. An 82-horsepower four-cylinder engine was standard, wîth an available 110-horsepower V6 – the only one in the class. Properly equipped, the S-10 could haul 1,500 pounds, and tow 4,000. The roomy cab and high levels of standard and optional equipment gave the S-10 a broader appeal than that of earlier, bare-bones small trucks, and it quickly became a mainstay of the Chevrolet lineup, appealing to everyone from young customers lòòking for a first set of wheels to businesses seeking a rugged work truck.
1988 Chevrolet Pickups
Pickup trucks had been slowly migrating from the worksite to the suburbs, and the 1988 Chevrolet C/K pickup accelerated that trend, bringing the aerodynamics, electronics and materials that had revolutionized the automobile over the past decade to the full-size pickup. Extensively tested to make sure it met the high bar for dependability set by previous Chevy pickups, the new truck also featured advanced aerodynamics for improved fuel economy, including a narrower cab for lower drag, flush side glass, and a sleek front end wîth integrated lamps.
A full range of powertrains was offered, from a 4.3-liter V6 through a 6.2-liter diesel V8. To enhance durability, the trucks featured extensive use of galvanized steel for corrosion resistance, and a full welded frame wîth a boxed front section for strength and rigidity. Civilized driving characteristics and styling moved full-size pickups closer to being the family vehicles they are today.
1999 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet's all-new 1999 full-size pickups were the first to carry the Silverado nameplate. The new trucks resulted from the most intensive development program yet undertaken by General Motors and they arrived just in time for a boom in truck sales. The styling of the new Silverado pickups built on the purposeful design that characterized the preceding C/K pickups. Interiors had all the comfort and convenience features personal-use customers were starting to expect. Power came from a new generation of V8 engines.
2004 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pioneered the idea of a light-duty pickup that could comfortably accommodate the family, and the 2004 Silverado took this idea and ran wîth it. In less than eight years, light-duty crew cabs would dominate the full-size pickup market, accounting for more than two-thirds of all sales, and transforming pickups into a true multi-purpose vehicle for both work and family. Available creature comforts included dual-zone climate control, Bose sound systems, a rear-seat DVD player, OnStar and XM radio. Even wîth the creature comforts, Silverado maintained the Chevy truck capability.
The all-new 2007 Silverado provided significant improvements in performance and fuel economy, while strengthening the capability and dependability Chevy pickups were known for. It featured a new fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, and rack-and-pinion §teering for improved ride and handling, while new Gen IV small-block 5.3L and 6.0L V-8 engines could deactivate four of the eight cylinders when not needed to save fuel. (concept carz) Safety advances included StabiliTrak electronic stability control and head-curtain side airbags for enhanced occupant protection.
2013 Chevrolet Colorado
Just as full-size pickups have become the lifeblood of the American economy, midsize pickups are important vehicles for businesses and families in many countries outside the Únited States. Chevrolet's new global mid-size Colorado pickup is designed to help expand the Chevrolet brand into many of the world's fastest-growing markets.
Developed under the direction of a truck-savvy team from GM do Brasil, the inaugural version of the global Colorado was launched in Thailand, the world's largest market for midsize pickups, in November, 2011. Over the next several years, Colorado will be introduced into many global markets, including the Únited States, where it will offer a more fuel efficient alternative for customers who don't need all of the capability of a full-size pickup.Source - GM
NEW SIERRA MARKS 111 YEARS OF GMC PICKUP HERITAGE PHOTO HISTORY SHOWS EVOLUTION OF TRUCK DESIGN THROUGH 12 DECADES
• New Sierra Marks 111 Years of GMC Pickup Heritage
• Photo history shows evolution of truck design through 12 decades
DETROIT - The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra fullsize pickup will be the latest in a bloodline that stretches back over a century. The first truck to wear a GMC badge debuted in 1912, while a predecessor from the Max Grabowsky's Rapid Motor Vehicle Co. was the first commercial truck operated in the City of Detroit 10 years earlier.
Here's a list of highlights by decade, accompanied by a corresponding photo of each. • 1900s: The first Rapid truck - little more than a seat, an engine cover and a frame - was delivered in 1902. • 1910s: The GMC name takes its place on a truck grille for the first time in 1912 and the mix of trucks offered had either upright front ends or curved 'French' fronts. • 1920s: 1927 was a milestone for design features wîth more stylized fenders, headlights attached to the radiator, and the first chrome-plated radiator surround. • 1930s: Streamlining in the '30s added sloped grilles, more paint color options and passenger cabs inspired by car design trends, which helped expand the truck market. • 1940s: Following the war, GMCs of the late '40s featured fully integrated headlights for the first time, as well as wider, lower, and bolder grilles. • 1950s: Cars again influenced truck design in the '50s, resulting in more safety, comfort and performance. 1955 highlights were hooded headlights and panoramic glass. • 1960s: The first GMC pickup wîth a full-width hood debuted in 1960. Other design cues included 'jet pod' grilles at the front and a pinched-waist body crease on each side. - 1970s: Padded materials replaced many metal interior surfaces in the '70s. Heavy duty models offered a dual rear axle for the first time and the Crew Cab debuted. - 1980s: In 1987, the Sierra name became standard for all full-size pickups wîth the introduction of a new, more aerodynamic generation of GMC trucks. - 1990s: The '90s brought the first rear-hinged three-door Extended Cab model. In 1999, new generation of truck introduced the first use of frame hydroforming. - 2000s: The new millennium brought the 'D' decade: The first Duramax diesel engine for Sierra HD added capability and the first Denali pickup set a luxury standard for trucks. - 2012: The new 2014 Sierra debuts on December 13.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the 's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SÚV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks wîth the Yukon, Yukon Denali SÚVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market.Source - GMC
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