The Chevrolet Silverado’s history can be summed up in one little saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This has been Chevrolet’s motto since the Silverado was first produced in 1998, and they have followed it throughout the years.
The Silverado comes in a few different variants with plenty of engine options. Customers can choose between a V6 option with 195ho and 260 lb-ft of torque or four different V8 engines with power outputs starting at 302hp and 305 lb-ft of torque up through 403hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a 4- or 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission. Choose the Silverado HD (Heavy Duty) and choose between a 6.0L V8 producing 322/360hp and 380 lb-ft of torque or a 6.6L turbo diesel V8 engine with 365hp and 660 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are mated to a six-speed automatic.
In order to keep up with the competition – the Toyota Tundra can pull up to 10,800lbs -, the Silverado is able to haul up to 10,700 lbs when equipped with the optional trailering package. The Silverado HD can tow 11,700-16,700lbs.
It must be a good sign for the auto industry to see so many car brands coming out with their own commercials for the Super Bowl. We don’t know how much each commercial spot costs but we heard it’s somewhere around $2 million, making Super Bowl Sunday one of the most important, if not THE most important day of the year in the advertising circles.
For their part, Chevrolet spared no expense with the number of commercials they made specifically for the Super Bowl. Centered on the tag line "Chevy Runs Deep", each ad features a marketing spot for a number of Chevy-branded vehicles, including the Cruze, Cruze Eco, Volt, Camaro, and Silverado HD with a number of unique plots for each of the ads.
We’re not going to spoil anything, but we do have to say that Chevy hit some funny bones with their ads. Out personal favorites include "Tommy" and "Status", with "Ms. Evelyn" also places right up there for the all the meaty guys watching the game.
Check all the ads after the jump and get your fix of all of them before watching the game. At least you’ll be ahead on some of your friends on that department.
Next to a bunch of customized Corvettes and Camaros, Chevrolet will also be bringing a modified Silverado 2500 to the SEMA Show. The 2500HD Extended Cab Z71 is equipped with the new 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with B20 biodiesel capability and mated to an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.
For the exterior, the 2500 HD Z71 gets switchblade silver color with satin low-gloss finish, a body-color grille, Chevrolet Accessory 20-inch wheels painted Corvette Competition Gray, six-inch oval assist steps painted Corvette Competition Gray, Amber roof lamps, and custom Z71 graphics.
For the interior ,the truck gets Dark Titanium leather interior, Chevrolet Accessory interior trim plate kit with custom show paint, dual DVD headrests with HD WiFi headphones, navigation radio, and Autonet mobile Wi-Fi.
The list of control features includes trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.
The decision that comes with buying a car is made all the more tedious by all the numbers you have to consider. Unlike other car market segments, there are a boatload of things you’ll need to understand about what makes for a quality truck.
For its part, Chevrolet is making it easier for us to know everything we need to know about the 2011 Silverado HD in just a little over one minute. In this CGI animation video, the Silverado is pretty much laid bare so we can have a better understanding of what kind of beast lurks underneath that intimidating exterior. All the important details are mixed into a nice CGI production that tells us all the numbers that we otherwise would have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out.
When it comes to trucks, size matters. And it matters a lot. On that end, Chevrolet is doing its part to inform all of us that the Silverado will not take a backseat to any other pick-up truck out on the market these days.
Some people might tell you that there’s no satisfaction in watching a heavy duty truck get built from the ground up. Obviously, these people have no idea what they’re talking about. Sure, trucks may not have the flair and pizzazz of supercars, but watching how a truck like the 2011 Chevy Silverado HD gets built is nonetheless highly entertaining to watch.
In this video, Chevrolet takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at how a Silverado turns from singular parts into a bad-ass truck that can tackle just about anything that’s thrown its way. You want to see hardcore, heavy hauling, manufacturing at its best? This video is exactly what you’re looking for.
General Motors has unveiled the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. For the 2011 model year, the Silverado will be offered in both 2500HD and 3500HD variants with WT, LT and LTZ trim levels when it goes on sale this summer. The exterior of the Silverado is defined by a power dome style hood featuring a new louvered design as well as a new grill and full width chrome steel front bumper while offering a 17, 18 and 20 inch wheel and tire combinations.
The 2011 model is being offered with a 6.6 Liter Duramax diesel engine mated to a heavy duty Allison 1000 six speed transmission and preliminary testing has shown that the 2500HD full size pickup can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 9 seconds and eclipse the quarter mile in under 16 seconds. That is approximately 0.3 seconds and 0.5 seconds quicker, respectively, than the previous models. Offering a combination of functionality and performance for the all new 2011 Chevrolet Silverado.
Updated: 04/08/2010: Chevrolet today announced prices for the 2011 Silverado HD that will go into production in May. It will be offered in LT and LTZ trim levels with prices starting at $27,965. This price excludes a $995 destination charge. An upgrade to the proven Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission combination runs $8,395.
UPDATE 05/27/2010: Chevy has released a video that shows how the Chevy Silverado HD is built. Check it out after the jump.
Usually the Silverado is not a car that catches much of an attention, but the ZR2 Concept is for sure the Silverado that never was. The most amazing thing about the concept is the LS supercharged crate engine from GM Performance Parts that delivers a total of 550 hp.
The ZR2 concept features a custom bodywork includes carbon fiber fender flares that stretch outward to cover the 35-inch-tall Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires and widened stance. The carbon fiber is also used for the front fenders, extractor-style hood, rocker extensions and tailgate. On the exterior the concept is painted in Dune Metallic.
On the interior the concept add more carbon fiber details on the dash, along with black leather and suede-trimmed seats with contrasting stitching to those trail runs more comfortable.
Affirming its commitment to fuel solutions and truck leadership, Chevrolet announced the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, a full-size pickup that achieves 40-percent greater city fuel economy and a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market, besting the current V-8 leader – the non-hybrid Silverado.
The only thing missing from this home-run Silverado is the apple pie – because the baseball and Chevrolet are covered. The Silverado 1500 crew cab is decked out in a baseball theme – with a paint scheme that incorporates all major league team logos – to support Chevrolet’s ties to Major League Baseball.
The spirit of the country music culture is infused in this rolling sound stage, which has been used at the Country Music Festival and other country music artist venues. The bed and tonneau cover of the Silverado 3500HD crew cab open to reveal a makeshift stage, complete with lighting and power for microphones and amplifiers.
Taking cues from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s “Big Red” Silverado that debuted at SEMA in 2006, the ’08 Silverado HD Crew Z71 Big Red demonstrates how that expressive concept’s unique features would look with production-type components. It combines numerous GM Accessories inspired by Earnhardt’s Big Red and features additional custom touches.