GM Makes Record Profits in 2017, Sales to Stagnate in 2018

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss Enlarge

There are eight trims that range from the spartan Silverado Work Truck and sporty RST to the off-road LT Trailboss and luxurious High Country.

There will be six different engine and transmission combinations, including an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel that President of General Motors North America Mark Reuss not-so-subtly hinted will outperform the recently-announced specs from Ford's 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel and a reworked 6.2-liter V8-both of which will be paired with the Hyrdra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission. This could mean that it will feature higher power and torque numbers than Ford's new 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V6, rated at 250 horses and 440 lb ft (596 Nm). Overall, the 2019 Chevy Silverado will offer six engine and transmission choices.

It's also lighter, GM noted, weighing 450 pounds less when comparing the 2019 crew cab V-8 engine-equipped model with previous versions.

It does have an aluminum hood, doors and tailgate, but the body and bed floor are made from several different grades of steel. High on the list of priorities for the automaker was a weight-loss regimen for the truck, and the 2019 version is up to 450 lbs lighter than its predecessor. From the looks of it, GM threw every possible improvement at this half ton to create a lighter, stronger, smarter and more efficient pickup. The 2019 Silverado has improved aerodynamic efficiency by 7 percent, according to GM.

GM also expects its full-size pickup program will continue to grow profits in 2019.

The bed floor was widened by seven inches and the wheelbase extended by 3.9 inches to increase cargo capacity.

In that bed, customers can opt for a series of storage compartments over the wheel arches that, when installed, will still accommodate a full four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood.

Retooled suspension: The front independent short/long arm suspension features new forged-aluminum upper control arms that are lighter and provide better wheel alignment than the stamped component they replace. Inside, there'll be Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging for your smartphone, and the option of 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot.

As a celebration of Chevrolet's 100-year anniversary, the American marque reminisced about its models of yesteryear that eventually transitioned to the current model.

"Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design", noted Rich Scheer, director of exterior design for the Chevrolet Trucks division.

The No. 1 US automaker said it will record a $7-billion non-cash charge for its fourth-quarter 2017 earnings related to deferred tax assets that will lose their value because of the lower USA corporate tax rate.

Chevrolet sold almost 586,000 of its light- and heavy-duty Silverados in 2017, a 1.9 percent increase compared with 2016, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado debut is one of three high-profile truck model launches being made this week at the Detroit auto show.

The company said it used customer feedback to redo the interior, with more comfortable seats, more interior cargo space and added legroom for front and rear passengers. As to towing, although it looks like it could also be positively impacted; we'll have to see how that shakes out when Chevy releases more specification information.

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