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About a year before General Motors entered bankruptcy, various reports claimed that the automaker postponed the next generation of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado from 2012 to an unknown future date. It wasn't big news at the time, since the well-liked trucks were only two years into their production cycles, not to mention that high gas prices were limiting the appeal of trucks for recreational buyers. But now that we're half way through 2011, truck buyers are most definitely back in the mix, and The General may be looking to speed up the timeline on the next-generation model.

Automotive News reports that GM's U.S. sales boss, Don Johnson, revealed that the truck plants would be re-tooled during scheduled shutdowns in 2012. If GM were to begin building Silverado and Sierra trucks right after the retooling takes place, that would make the trucks 2013 models. But sources tell AN that the retooling will take place throughout 2012, and that the trucks likely wouldn't be built until calendar year 2013, making them 2014 models.

The news corresponds with comments made by The General's VP, Mark Reuss, who said in January that some truck programs would be accelerated. But in April, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that trucks wouldn't be accelerated in a mileage-sensitive market, so it's difficult to discern exactly which direction GM is heading.

GM hasn't been very forthright with the amount of changes scheduled for the next-generation trucks, though the expectation is that the updates will be substantial. With 2016 fuel economy regulations right around the corner and the recent resurgence of $4/gallon gasoline, the new pickups will definitely need to be lighter and more efficient.


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      Jesse
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can we please get a diesel in a 1/2 ton this time?
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm more interested in seeing what will happen to the full size SUV line, as that's the lineup that's likely to see the more radical changes. I'm hoping the Tahoe becomes smaller and more off-road capable, and that the Suburban 2500 gets a diesel option again.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they'll come up with a Turbo V6 option to combat the Ford EcoBoost option, and finally retire the 4.3L V6 for good.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Update the 4.3l engine, it has the same specks as it did since the 1990s. Bring us a diesel for the half-ton. I think they should have two: the 4.8l that they were working on, and a V6 version of that engine.
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please give it thicker sheet metal. I was waxing the roof on a 2007 Silverado once and I was worried about denting it just by hand buffing it. My Cobalt has thicker sheet metal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregmlr
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      Tommy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please use that 4.5 liter Duramax V8 they've had sitting on the back shelf for a while. 310 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque running through a 6l90-e with mid 20 mpg numbers combined drive cycle sounds good to me. Put it in the 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton trucks along with suv's like the Tahoe and 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton Suburbans while they're at it and they'll have a hit that'll blow Ford's eco boost out of the water. Not saying Ford's eco boost is bad or anything
      Turbo_S60
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im really surprised we havent seen use of more composite materials in light duty pickups.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Turbo_S60
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      Ant_88
      • 3 Years Ago
      b4 the impala???...WOW!...just WOW!
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rednecks around the country got their panties all in a bunch over this one.
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        Walt
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Innovate. You have one more chance before you can just stop producing trucks and focus on underwhelming, lard-ass cars that get horrible gas mileage and that look boring." See Autoblog article on Chevy Cruze knocking the Toyota Camry out of the number one car sales spot for June. By your reasoning, Toyota is suffering from underwhelming, lard-ass cars that get horrible gas mileage and that look boring. Actually, I think Toyota invented boring. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/05/cruze-knocks-camry-out-of-best-selling-car-spot-for-june/
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      In before the "Government Motors" cry babies!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rampant
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