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Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet Silverado

  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.

While most automakers take their new prototypes out for a testing session with hopes that no one will notice them, Chevrolet has decided to pitch us some official spy shot footage of the next generation Silverado pick-up. Gotta love when automakers go against the grain like this.

GM engineers are putting the next generation Chevrolet Silverado through the final paces at the company’s proving grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This water test is part of a rigorous product validation program that has helped make Silverado the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup.

The current Silverado has remained unchanged since 2007, but for the new generation, things will change significantly. As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged so it’s pretty difficult to see what’s new, but as for the engine, rumors say that Chevrolet will use a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 300 HP, but a small block V8 is also under development.

The new Chevrolet Silverado will start production in 2013.

Leave it to Chevrolet to throw the first punch in its long-standing rivalry with Ford .

The Bowtie’s newest Super Bowl commercial takes a stab at its crosstown rival with a commercial that’s set just after the world ended, confirming the Mayan predictions. In the ad, a group of friends, all of which were driving Silverados , miraculously survived the global catastrophe to round up and see how each one was doing.

Everybody was accounted for except for their friend Dave, who lost his life because he, as one of the buddies explained, "drove a Ford." Way to be subtle, Chevy.

The Chevy ad is expected to run during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVI and just as sure as those Mayan predictions are nothing more than myths and fables, you can expect that this new Chevy Silverado commercial will draw strong reactions from both camps.

So allow us to say, "It’s on, Chevrolet. It is most definitely on."

Source: Chevrolet

Unique tie-ups between automakers and retailers are nothing new at SEMA . To an extent, that’s what makes this auto event different from the rest; it affords opportunities for outfitters like Realtree to get involved in the creation of a custom vehicle.

The outdoor outfitter that has made a living out of being the world’s leading designer, marketer, and licensee of camouflaged products teamed up with Chevrolet to create what can only be described as the "ultimate hunter’s truck": the Silverado Realtree Concept.

The truck is based on the Silverado 2500 crew cab and was given plenty of new details, including a Champagne Silver Metallic color that comes with Realtree graphics. The hulking pick-up also received a custom front bumper with an integrated winch and a new set of 18" wheels wrapped in mammoth 35" off-road tires. Even the pick-up’s interior was given given some Realtree touches, especially the Dark Cocoa leather seating with camouflage piping and blaze orange stitching that comes together with Realtree AP pattern accents.

Meanwhile, the Silverado Realtree comes with a torquey 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine that churns out 397 horsepower and a metal-twisting 765 lb/ft of torque, giving the pick-up all the power it needs for all of the miles it’s going to log in the off-road.

Chevrolet and Realtree have established a solid partnership that has lasted seven years and the former wanted to celebrate the occasion by seeking the input of the latter in building a truly one-of-a-king custom pick-up.

“This truck is a celebration of the seven-year partnership between Chevrolet and Realtree," said Tony Truelove, marketing manager for Chevrolet pickups. "It’s only natural to combine the dependable, long-lasting Silverado HD with Realtree, the best gear for the outdoors.”

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

The boys from Top Gear USA were back this week and they are starting to pick up a little bit of speed in terms of entertainment value. The discussions still tend to be a little too rehearsed, but we didn’t want to turn off the television as soon as they started talking. Well, except for when Adam opened his mouth, but we’re used to that.

The main focus this week was trying to figure out which truck was the best in America. After spending the entire first episode trying to convince us all that pick-up trucks could be convinced by two-door models, this was a welcome change. Other segments included battling it out between the Local Motors’ Rally Fighter and an airboat, and a trip around the Top Gear test track with actor/comedian Bill Engvall.

Hit the jump to check out the full details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 3.


The truck business isn’t exactly a glamorous segment for aftermarket companies. Not because there’s a shortage of companies willing to fine-tune a monster of a truck, but more so because the appeal these days can be found in other automotive segments.

That being said, let’s not sleep on these heavy-duty bad boys just yet, especially when you have a tuning company like Callaway in the mix. Noted for their work on sports cars and muscle cars, the aftermarket tuning specialists went the way of trucks for their latest program: a modification kit for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 .

Available for both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter versions of the Silverado, Callaway’s “C19” engine kit allows the hulking Chevy SUV to produce as much as 540 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 522 lb/ft of torque at 3,800 rpm for the 6.2-liter version of the Silverado. Meanwhile, the 5.3-liter version gets 450 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 450 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Another important detail to consider is that even if you don’t have a Silverado 1500, Callaway’s engine kit can also be used on other GM trucks that share the same engine with the Silverado, from the Tahoe all the way up to the Suburban .

Other items that are a part of the package include a liquid-to-air intercooler, carbon fiber injection covers, a low-restriction exhaust, and a three-year, 36,000-mile Callaway powertrain warranty with an extra option to upgrade to five years and 100,000 miles if you so choose. And just in case we forget who made the project in the first place, the Silverado has been plastered with plenty of Callaway badging to go around.

The price of the whole upgrade hits $15,995. It might be a pretty hefty sum for a performance tune-up, but given the need for beastly trucks like these to have as much power as it can get, it’s probably an investment worth making.


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.

Source: Chevrolet

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.

Press release after the jump.

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.

Source: Chevrolet

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.

Source: Chevrolet

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.

Press release after the jump.


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