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GM announces class-leading payload, towing ratings for HD trucks

05/18/2010, 9:03 AM BY ANDREW GANZ

General Motors’ revised 2011 Heavy Duty pickups – offered in Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra flavors – will offer the ability to tow up to 21,700 lbs. with a fifth wheel trailer, 17,000 with a conventional trailer and the an impressive 6,635 lb. payload hauling capacity.

Those figures are best-in-class numbers, according to GM. The automaker says that the figures exceed the original performance targets for the HD trucks and were achieved during internal testing.

“The first set of capability tests confirmed that the team had exceeded the payload and towing targets by a significant margin,” said GM full size truck global vehicle line executive Rick Spina in a statement released to the media. “Ongoing testing demonstrated a clear opportunity to increase the true capabilities of these trucks.”

Engineers conducted extensive testing with a gross combined weight rating of 29,200 lbs. and maximizing conventional non-fifth wheel trailer capacity, the automaker said in a release. The revised figures apply only to models equipped with the company’s new Duramax diesel engine, which offers 297 horsepower and 765 lb-ft. of torque – both class-leading figures.

The 17,000 lb. conventional towing capability offered by the GM trucks (17,000 lbs.) exceed the 2011 Ford F-350’s rating by 1,000 lbs. and the 2011 Dodge Ram HD’s rating by 5,000 lbs. With a fifth wheel trailer, the GM truck advantage (21,700 lbs.) slips to 100 lbs. over the F-350 and 3,200 lbs. over the Ram HD, while the Silverado and Sierra maximum payload capacity (6,635 lbs.) is 125 lbs. more than the Ford and 1,505 greater than the Dodge.



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GM claims heavy duty pickup hauling title

Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

The pickup wars have gone heavy duty.

General Motors Co. released new performance figures Tuesday that show the 2011 Silverado HD and 2011 GMC Sierra can out-pull and out-carry the 2011 Ford Super Duty and Dodge Ram HD.

The Silverado HD 3500 and Sierra HD 3500 can tow up to 21,700 pounds with a fifth wheel hook-up and 17,000 pounds with a conventional hook-up, Chevy officials said. Each also has a maximum payload capacity of 6,635 pounds.

Productions of both trucks began this week. They should roll into dealerships this summer.

For the record, Ford's F-350 Super Duty truck can tow 21,600 pounds and haul 6,520 pounds. The Dodge Ram, overhauled last fall, can tow 18,500 pounds and carry a payload of 5,130 pounds.

With every new vehicle, truck makers seem to have their sights set on becoming No. 1.

"The pickup wars are not developing, they're already on," said Mike Levine, editor for Pickuptrucks.com, an online consumer website. "You're witnessing the war right now."

For consumers, that's good news, Levine said, noting prices for big trucks have remained flat while their capabilities have increased. "This means more capable trucks for the same money," he said.

According to Autodata Corp., full-size pickup sales are up 11.3 percent through April compared with the same period a year ago. Ford sales increased 30.5 percent; Chevrolet, 8.8 percent; and GMC, 6.3 percent. The Ford F-Series and Silverado are the top two selling vehicles this year.

With a fully loaded trailer, the new GM pickups, with a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel under the hood, can haul a gross vehicle weight of 29,200 pounds, which is more than 14 1/2 tons. The engine produces 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.

By comparison, Ford Motor Co.'s 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel produces 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque.

"We encourage consumers to test drive the (GM's heavy duty trucks) against competitive models," said Rick Spina, GM Full-size Truck global vehicle line executive, in a news release. "Based on our test results, we are confident the Silverado HD will prove to be the best choice for real-world towing and hauling needs."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100519/AUTO01/5190334/1148/auto01/GM-claims-heavy-duty-pickup-hauling-title#ixzz0oNT14zcz

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