2014 GMC SIERRA 2500HD AND 3500HD TRUCKS WORK HARD WITH STYLE
GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks work hard – and do it wîth unmistakable GMC style, wîth capabilities that include:
◾Standard trailering capability of 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg) for 2500HD and 3500HD
◾2500HD maximum payload of 4,212 pounds (1,910 kg) wîth the available Performance Package on regular cab long box models (2WD)
◾2500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg)
◾2500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 17,800 pounds (8,074 kg)
◾3500HD maximum payload of 7,222 pounds (3,276 kg)
◾3500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg)
◾3500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 23,100 pounds (10,478 kg).
The previously optional 4.10 rear axle ratio is now standard on gas models for 2014, which enables greater standard trailering capability for both 2500HD and 3500HD. It enhances acceleration and can enable greater efficiency in stop-and-go driving and at speeds below 50 mph. Customers who do mostly highway driving wîth their Sierra can select the available 3.73 axle for greater highway fuel economy.
2WD and 4WD Work Truck, SLE and SLT models are offered – in single- and dual-rear-wheel configurations – as well as the distinctive Sierra Denali HD models, which blend heavy-duty capability wîth distinctive style and luxury appointments. All are available wîth a standard gas V-8 or the powerful Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.Range highlights also include:
◾Fully-boxed, high-strength-steel frames
◾6.6L Duramax diesel rated 397 hp (296 kW) and B20 biodiesel capability backed by the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission
◾Standard 36-gallon (136 L) fuel tank and engine efficiency enable up to 680 miles (1,090 km) between fill-ups wîth the 6.6L Duramax turbo diesel
◾Smart exhaust brake feature on 6.6L Duramax turbo diesel that provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear
◾Control features including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.
New for 2014 is a bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and bi-fuel-compatible version of the 6.0L V-8 engine for 2500HD crew cab models. The engine features hardened valves and valves seats that enable it to run on gasoline or compressed natural gas.
Also new is an optional spray-in bed liner, which bonds to the steel bed to create permanent, water-tight protection for the bed. It covers the entire bed interior surface below the side rails, including the tailgate, front box top rail, gage hole plugs and lower tie down loops.
Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks are comfortable and connected, wîth technology features including GMC WiFi (dealer-installed), ÚSB connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar 9.0 and navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
There's also a navigation radio wîth CD, ÚSB port and an 80-gig hard drive (30 gigs of memory), along wîth heated and cooled front seats available on SLT and standard on Denali models.Sierra Denali HD Details
Sierra Denali HD models are offered exclusively in the crew cab body style, in regular- and long-box configurations and in 2WD and 4WD. The Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 powertrain is available across the board.
A Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it. Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance perforated leather-appointed front seats, wîth heated and cooled, 12-way power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped, heated §teering wheel.
Denali models feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates. The center console has woodgrain trim and a lid that conceals the cupholders, creating a more finished and refined appearance.
Sierra HD exterior features
Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome-style hood wîth a louvered design, as well as a wide grille wîth chrome accents and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A lineup of 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations are offered.
Standard and available exterior features also include:
◾Heated outside mirrors are available on all models; heated outside and power-adjustable vertical camper-style mirrors wîth turn signal indicators are available on 2500HD SLE, SLT and Denali and standard on 3500HD SLE, SLT and Denali models
◾Front recovery hooks are standard on all models
◾EZ-Lift locking tailgate feature is available on all models
◾Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard on 2500HD Work Truck and all 3500HD SRW models
◾Seventeen-inch chrome-clad steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck
◾Seventeen-inch machine-finish aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD SLE
◾Seventeen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 3500 Denali HD wîth dual rear wheels and available on SLE and SLT wîth dual rear wheels
◾Eighteen-inch painted steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck and standard on 3500HD Work Truck wîth SRW wîth the 6.0L engine (available wîth Duramax diesel)
◾Eighteen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD SLT and Denali models and on 3500HD SRW SLE, SLT and Denali models
◾Twenty-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are available on 2500HD SLE, SLT and Denali
◾Exterior colors: Sonoma Red Jewel Metallic, Heritage Blue Metallic, Onyx Black, Stealth Grey Metallic, Summit White, Fire Red, Quicksilver Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Steel Gray Metallic.
Sierra HD interior standard and available features
Sierra HD models are designed to be comfortable and convenient while on the job, including numerous storage compartments that provide covered access for everything from work gloves to laptops.
For those who work out of their truck, Sierra HDs serve as mobile workspaces, offering mobile WiFi as a dealer-installed option, ÚSB connectivity, Bluetooth for phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a navigation system. Multiple charge points enable multiple electronic devices to operate simultaneously.
Cold-weather customers warm up more quickly wîth the Duramax 6.6L engine, which has a starting time on par wîth gas engines. Its glow plug cycle time takes no more than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 F (-29 C).
Highlights of all models' standard and available interior features include:
◾Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on Denali and SLT and available on SLE; single-zone manual air conditioning is standard on Work Truck and SLE
◾CD/DVD/MP3-capable audio system is available on select crew cab models
◾Navigation radio wîth MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and ÚSB port is available on Denali and SLT models
◾SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on SLE, SLT and Denali models and available on Work Truck. SiriusXM NavTraffic feature is available on 2500 SLE, SLT and Denali and 3500 SLT and Denali
◾Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on Denali and SLT models and available on Work Truck and SLE
◾Rear-seat entertainment system is available on Denali and SLT crew cab models
◾Power-adjustable pedals are standard on Denali and available on SLE and SLT models
◾Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models and mounted on the instrument panel
◾Remote vehicle starter system is standard on Denali and SLT and available on SLE models
◾Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard on Work Truck models and SLE models. SLE includes locking storage in the seat cushion
◾Front bucket seats wîth 10-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on SLT models. Front bucket seats wîth six-way power adjusters are available on SLE models
◾Front bucket seats wîth 12-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on Denali models
◾Leather-wrapped and heated §teering wheel is standard on Denali models
◾Leather-appointed and heated and cooled front seats are standard on Denali models and available on SLT
◾Interior trim colors include: Ebony, Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Titanium.
Sierra HD Powertrains
A Vortec 6.0L gas V-8 wîth variable valve timing is matched wîth the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission as the standard powertrain across the Sierra HD model range. This combination delivers excellent performance and efficiency, wîth an emphasis on low-rpm performance. It is rated at 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm).
The bi-fuel version of the 6.0L engine – known by its LC8 engine code – features special hardened valves and valve seats that enables it to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline.
The Duramax 6.6L diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission powertrain combination is available on all 2500HD and 3500HD models. Highlights of the Duramax diesel include:
◾397 horsepower (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm
◾765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm
◾High-pressure (30,000 psi/2,000 bar) Piezo-actuated fuel system for greater fuel efficiency, improved performance and reduced emissions
◾Exhaust brake system that enables controlled vehicle slowdown on downhill grades without actuating the brakes
◾Selective catalytic reduction after-treatment system using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection to provide the best overall diesel characteristics and performance – wîth a range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) between DEF refills
◾Combustion and after-treatment have been optimized to provide about 700 miles (1,125 km) between diesel particulate filter regenerations – a 75-percent improvement over the previous system and significant contributor to improved fuel efficiency, as the regeneration process requires additional fuel
◾B20 biodiesel capability for an alternative fueling option.
The Allison 1000 features driver shift control wîth tap up/tap down shifting and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature. Also, the tow/haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.
Sierra HD chassis and suspension
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 6.0 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 360 hp
Torque: 380 ft-lbs
Engine : 6.6 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 397 hp
Torque: 765 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
All Sierra HD models feature fully boxed frame assemblies – 18 different assemblies that accommodate all of the range's configurations. The front sections are hydroformed.Additional chassis and suspension features include:
◾Front gross axle weight rating up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg), enabling a snow plow to be used on all 4WD cab configurations wîth the available snow plow prep package
◾Short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension features forged steel upper control arms and precision-machined cast iron lower control arms
◾Five different torsion bar rates support five different front gross axle weight ratings to help stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load, while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. The trim height is adjusted on each bar via a single bolt, easily allowing the height to be changed to account for the weight of a snow plow or other accessories
◾An upper shock mount attachment design that's positively connected to the frame wîth two fasteners, eliminating squeaks and clunks, while supporting higher load capability and increased durability
◾Asymmetrical leaf-spring design that minimizes axle hop and enhances traction control efficiency
◾Two-stage leaf-spring design on 2500HD models and three-stage design on 3500HD model. All models feature 3-inch-wide (76 mm) leaf springs
◾Z71 Off Road suspension is available on SLE and SLT models and includes 35mm deflective disk twin-tube shock absorbers, off-road jounce bumpers, 33mm front stabilizer bar and a skid plate package
◾Four-wheel disc brakes wîth hydroboost are standard on all models
◾Four-wheel, four-channel ABS is standard on all single-rear-wheel models and a three-channel system is standard on dual-rear-wheel models
◾The frame-mounted hitch for conventional trailering has a box-tube design and supports up to 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg).Sierra HD safety and crash-avoidance features
Sierra has a strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective 'safety cage' around occupants. Head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection and seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger are standard on Denali models wîth single rear wheels and available on other Sierra HD models. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment, while the seat-mounted air bags provide thorax and pelvic protection.Additional safety features include:
◾StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is standard on all single-rear-wheel models
◾Large, four-wheel disc brakes wîth four-wheel ABS are standard on all models
◾High-strength steel tubular frame cross member that enhances safety and improves crashworthiness
◾Rear vision camera system is standard on Denali and available on other models
◾Trailer sway control system on all single-rear-wheel models
◾Hill start assist is standard on single-rear-wheel models.
Trailer sway control system provides an added measure of confidence when towing a trailer. The system senses conditions of trailer sway and intervenes wîth braking and/or reduced engine power to bring the trailer under control and keep it on its intended path. The system will use electric trailer brakes when a trailer is plugged into the standard wiring harness of the truck and requires no input from the driver.
The hill start assist system is automatically engaged when sensors detect the vehicle is on grade of approximately 5 percent or greater. It holds the brakes for 1.5 seconds or until the gas pedal is pressed, preventing rollback – it is particularly effective when towing, giving the driver time to switch from the brake pedal to the gas pedal without rolling.OnStar details
OnStar is standard on all Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD models, except Work Truck, where it is available. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar subscribers also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies. Additional features:
◾Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service wîth Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance.
◾The MyGMC Owner App and OnStar RemoteLink™ App enable customers to keep track of essential vehicle information, including fuel level, fuel range, current mileage and more, as well as remote access to the vehicle's features, such as unlocking doors or remotely starting the vehicle, from the convenience of a smartphone
◾Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.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. 2007 Silverado
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