• Aug 2, 2006

So they're here, what do you think?


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This morning marked what could be a monumental moment in the turnaround of General Motors. The world's largest automaker officially introduced its new GMT900 pickups, the 2007 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. After a nice buzz had been built up over early spy shots and strategically released information, the two trucks have arrived and GM is hoping for a positive reaction from consumers when they go on sale later this year. And it appears as if GM's new trucks have sent at least some of their competition back to the drawing board.

For its part, Ford has decided on what front it will fight the new GMT900s, and that's maximum tow rating. In addition to announcing the 2007 F-150 will have its price slashed by up to $1,400, the Blue Oval announced today that the truck's maximum tow rating will be increased to 10,500 lbs., which matches that of the GMT900 pickups from GM. The 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, meanwhile, can tow up to 8,850 lbs. according to its website, though any changes to the truck for 2007 have yet to be announced. The 2006 Nissan Titan tops the Dodge with a max tow rating of 9,500 lbs., but both obviously now fall short of the competition from GM and Ford. And remember that 10,000 maximum tow rating that Toyota announced for its upcoming Tundra? Doesn't sound too intimidating anymore.

Why has a pickup's maximum tow rating become so important? One reason might be that automakers realize higher gas prices are beginning to scare away truck customers who aren't planning to use their pickups to do hardcore work like towing and hauling. As the pool of potential truck consumers shrinks, those left will be the blue-collar customers that consider a truck's tow rating more important than its choice of seat fabric.

So GM has claimed first strike and Ford has bitten back. Who knows which truckmaker will make the next move, but you can bet it will be a big one.

(Follow the jump for all of GM's official pics of the new GMT900s in all their high resolution glory)

[Source: GM]





2007 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Extended Cab


2007 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Extended Cab


2007 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ interior


2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT, Z71 Crew Cab


2007 Chevrolet Silverado LT, Z71 Crew Cab


2007 GMC Sierra SLE Extended Cab


2007 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab


2007 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab


2007 GMC Sierra Denali interior


2007 GMC Sierra SLE Extended Cab


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Due to excellent dealer service and satisfaction from previous GMC trucks, as soon as available I will buy for my wife a 2007 GMC 1500 4x4 SLT. It will be her car and horse trailer pulling vehicle. To all the critics, "If you don't like it, don't buy it".
      • 8 Years Ago
      "These trucks from GM are the Brokeback Mountains of the truck world."

      In your dreams big boy.

      Rev. Phelps
      • 8 Years Ago
      My first impression of these trucks was not a good one. But then I realized I pretty much have hated all new trucks when they first come out. Actually, I don't think I've thought any year/make of truck looks good in stock form (I think some Titans almost look good stock :). I then started visualizing these trucks with a few mods, the types dealers usually do (at least here in so cal). I pictured the brown chevy with a mild lift to level it out with nice wheels and big tires. I pictured the gunmetal gmc with a billet grill and lowered a reasonable amount. Thats when I realized that I think I will like the looks of these things, and if tweaked the right way it might just replace the Titan on the top of my best looking trucks list - as long as you can get it without that hideous fake wood interior trim.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow what a truck just bought a new 2008 gmc 3500hd with the duramax diesel after comparing a 2008 fsuper duty must say the duramax out pulls the power stroke the duramax is a lot quieter and i like the interior i will continue to buy gms i just orded 8 of theses for my company time to scrap the super duty fords now that gm hd's are superior trucks
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I really do think there is an electrical problem because almost ALL of them are burnt out."

      Ryan, I hate to say it because even as a Ford guy through and through, I hope and pray GM is successful in their launch of these vehicles, but this is just another case of poor quality. If you and I notice this, I would think someone somewhere within GM would have fixed the problem. But what's worse is GM didn't go through the proper testing of those lights to make sure they would last longer than six months.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. Ford is done!!! When they lose truck sales it will cripple them. These new trucks will hurt Ford BAD!!!"

      I would like to see GM compete with Ford's record of the best selling truck for the last 28 years running...when they can do that I will switch!! My kid could tear that interior apart in a day...you want a real man's interior...try an F-150!! I can't wait to see how many pieces break in that Silverado! You don't want a car interior in a truck...you want a truck interior in a truck!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are those Impala dash boards in a pickup?! That looks pretty good though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is the roof antenna off center? That looks like a mistake. Ruins the symmetry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "What's happened to our imagination? Our innovation? Our know-how? Why aren't we in this country producing things anymore that make you go, "Wow!" What's the problem?"

      I don't know Angus, get off your whinny ass and design and sell a vehicle Americans want. Is there something wrong with you that you can't do anything (but complain)? I'm not sure that God ordained GM and Ford the only Americans to be allowed to produce vehicles. But I see you do have imagination, between naps you arm chair quarterback what GM and Ford do wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gas guzzler tax is needed on pickups and SUVs, cars with bad fuel economy already pay it.

      http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/info.shtml#guzzler
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota here i come! Never thought i would say that, what a let down, and i was so excited that GM was building a new truck. I drive through the GM Dealers and shake my head. I feel sorry for the real workers at GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Russ, and the 6x12oz holder for the six-pack of Bud.
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