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According to yesterdays GM Medias Announcement, Chevrolet is Re-entering the low cab forward truck market.




According to the press announcement, Chevy will have 6 new models, 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 500 & 5500HD trucks.These are all based on the N-Series from Isuzu and is part of their new business relationship.


These trucks will be the only north american low entry and exit trucks that offer a gas powered and diesel power-trained lineup outside of Isuzu badge trucks.


Specifics from the announcement is as follows:


Engines: 6.0L GM V8 engine, 3.0L Isuzu Diesel, 5.2L Isuzu Diesel


Excellent visibility and maneuverability built for inner city and suburban use.


Easy Driver entry and exit.


Chassis lengths from 109 inches to 212 inches.


Compatibility with a variety of body types, including refrigerated box, stake/flat bed and service bodies.


45 degree tilting cab for easy access to the engines for maintenance.


Trucks are available now via Chevrolet Fleet and Commercial services.

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I am excited to see these trucks. I wonder if they sell well if we will see badged GMC version.

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Pretty much a rebadge from hell, but this is good for Chevy. Isuzu's are without a doubt the best LCF trucks on the market.

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Also, doesn't this move mean that Chevrolet is the only brand to cover both the tiny end (City Express) through top end (LCF) for commercial vehicles?


They don't have any heavy-duty vehicles. Sterling used to be the only brand that offered everything from a pickup truck to a class 8 vehicle. Well, now they're dead.

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Also, doesn't this move mean that Chevrolet is the only brand to cover both the tiny end (City Express) through top end (LCF) for commercial vehicles?

They don't have any heavy-duty vehicles. Sterling used to be the only brand that offered everything from a pickup truck to a class 8 vehicle. Well, now they're dead.

Sterling is dead? I thought their pickups were just rebadged Rams anyway

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Also, doesn't this move mean that Chevrolet is the only brand to cover both the tiny end (City Express) through top end (LCF) for commercial vehicles?

They don't have any heavy-duty vehicles. Sterling used to be the only brand that offered everything from a pickup truck to a class 8 vehicle. Well, now they're dead.

Sterling is dead? I thought their pickups were just rebadged Rams anyway



Sterling has been dead. Their pickups were just rebadged Rams and their heavy duty trucks were mostly compiled of spare Ford parts. They were the cheapest of the cheap, and it showed. Diamler cut them off a few years ago. 

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      At the 2013 CES, GM won best-in-class Electronic Infotainment system with their new Interface that is being pushed out to update all systems across the globe.
      The Chevy rep did the usual sales pitch of pushing the New 2014 Impala Hybrid as an excellent option for fleets with an average of 35mpg. Trucks were an interesting area that had the following updates: for 2013 Chevy trucks had the highest resale value in the market after 3yrs with a 55.3% residual value. New for the model year on trucks is an updated new box frame that improves Isolating road noise from entering the Cab. 2014 models saw the release of the new Silverado and Sierra 1500 with next year seeing the new 2015 HD models being released along with the full-size SUV’s. City Express will hit the market to fill the small to medium size van market.
      Chevrolet stated that the focus is to reduce weight in all vehicles by a minimum of 10% for next year as that would equal a 6.5% reduction in fuel use.
      The weight reduction is not only focused at Chevy, but all divisions and will be helped by their Electric series of autos such at the VOLT, Cadillac ELR and Spark EV and the LaCrosse with eAssist.
      The Model roll out of the 2014 Crew Cab CNG truck was only the beginning with GM focused on an early year release in 2014 of both regular and double cab models of their full-size truck lines being able to be ordered in CNG also. Currently Chevy has the 2014 full size CNG cargo van and next year it gets a full-size passenger CNG van that can hold up to 15 people.
      The engines in the CNG Bi-Fuel trucks and Vans are a hardened 6.0L V8 with auto transition from petrol to CNG and back to petrol. The engines start in Petrol mode and once warm up transition to CNG and then once the CNG tank is empty will move back to petrol. This gives the trucks a estimated range of 650 miles. There have been posted example of people getting up to 900 miles on a road trip with these Bi-Fuel trucks. The tanks are all CNG Type 3 tanks, 17GGE capacity and come with a hardened valve head collar to protect against accidental hitting. Any GM dealership in North American can work on the CNG autos.
      I will have to say that I was actually very impressed with how quiet the CNG truck ran even on the highway. No noise even road noise was really noticeable. The interior did not even have the wind noise which was really surprising. I have to say that GM has taken their 2014 models to a very high level of fit and finish along with using their skills in isolating the road noise from coming inside.
      I found the layout of the dash to be easy to use and the new interface on the infotainment system to be very intuitive and easy to use especially compared to my 2006 Escalade. The Navigation was just plain cool, I wish they could upgrade my system or offer an upgraded unit to be added to my SUV as I really am impressed by the new units. I believe that anyone who played with Version 1.0 of GM Infotainment systems will come away impressed with how GM has listened to the customer and how quick they changed the interface.
      GM Service
      GM has two web sites to help customers. http://www.gmupfitter.com/ is a web site dedicated to fleet needs of add on bodies, snow plow, etc. This is a great site to look at if you need a truck or SUV that is focused on work needs. You will also find some great additional info on their police options and cargo van / service auto options. https://www.gmstc.com/ is a site dedicated to GM’s Service Technical College. Great place to learn about everything GM.
      GM 4yrs running has won the O.T.D. award for on time delivery of factory orders. GM Currently continues to have the shortest delivery time from order to customer receiving of their auto.
      2012 GM had the lowest ever Auto recalls based on total auto’s on the road with only a 2.29% recall rate compared to low to high teens for many other makers especially from the Asian rim. GM was proud to show that they had only 98 defects per 100 cars built in 2012. Industry average was 113 defects per 100 autos built.
      GM Police
      The police Caprice was an amazing fast tight car to drive. They had a 2013 model on hand for people to check out and take through its paces. The shifter on the center console of where other equipment would be located such as a laptop, communication gear etc. was very compact yet I can see why police departments have held off as it did catch on my own pant legs. New for 2014 is GM going back to a column shifter which frees up that space in the center console. I have to say anyone who has driven GM full-size cars of the 80’s or early 90’s will appreciate the room in the Caprice. If you are one wanting a RWD sedan that moves, I could not recommend this car enough as it brings back fond memories of growing up in my family’s Delta 98 and Caprice as a roomy comfy ride.
      The 2014 Fleet roll out ended with a full day of listening to the marketing show of what GM is doing now and what is coming along with an excellent breakfast and lunch and a host of great third party companies who work with GM to offer up fitter solutions. We walked away with an assortment of documentation, a GREENLIGHT collectors ZL1 Camaro model car and 4GB usb thumb drives with various GM product files.
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