Chevrolet recently released this photo of the 2014 Silv... Chevrolet recently released this photo of the 2014 Silverado's headlamp. The whole pickup will be shown in December.
Chevrolet will take the wraps off of its new 2014 Silverado Dec. 13 at a special event in Detroit.

The fullsize Silverado pickup has wilted on the vine compared to its top competitors the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Both of those pickups have undergone extensive makeovers and upgrades, while the Silverado and its sibling, the GMC Sierra, have remained relatively untouched for seven years.

Perhaps that's one reason Silverado sales have remained flat this year – up a mere .2 percent – while Ford F-Series have jumped 10.9 percent and Ram sales have spiked 19.5 percent through September.

The Silverado has always closely followed the F-150 in total sales, but this year the F-150 has created some separation. Through September, Ford has sold 463,733 pickups, while Chevrolet has sold 298,200 pickups. Toyota has sold more Camrys this year than Chevy has pickups, something that rarely happens.

But GM hopes to see a big change next year when it rolls out the new Silverado. (The public will get its first chance to see the new Silverado in person at the Detroit Auto Show in January.)

However, Ram and Ford have raised the bar significantly. Ford has found success in its EcoBoost powered F-150, capitalizing on it's 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 that replaces bigger and less efficient V8s. More than half of Ford's F-150 sales have been V6 models. Furthermore, Ram has rolled out a V6 Ram with an eight-speed automatic transmission that can hit 25 mpg on the highway, taking the fuel economy title from Ford. Chevy will need to set new high marks if it wants to win over new customers.

Rumors have swirled around the new Silverado, including one that Chevy will include a turbocharged V6 to compete with the Ford's EcoBoost. Chevrolet executives have declined to comment.

Last week, Chevrolet debuted it's fifth generation Small Block Engine that will be under the hood of many pickups.

That 450-horsepower V8 promises fuel efficiency and power, though it's not likely beat the Ram's V6. The 6.2-liter engine does arrive with lots of high tech features ranging from shutting off four cylinders when not needed to a direct injection system that promises to burn fuel more efficiently.

Recent spy photos of the Silverado – one was released by Chevy – suggest the body may not have changed significantly, but no one has seen inside the Silverado yet. That's where Chevy will have a shot to wow customers with a new telematics system, better seats and other features. For pickup buyers, it's the little features that can make a big difference and ultimately sway them one way or another.

We'll find out more in December. In the meantime, check out spy photos of the Silverado on Autoblog.


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      daviesplug
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHOOSH !
      rob300l
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that Chevrolet is making pickup trucks is news? This is the most fraudulent of all news -- this article was paid for by Chevrolet as an advertisment (disguised as a news article).
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rob300l
        I'd like to see your facts on the statement you just made but you probably don't have any.
        Sean I Nesbit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rob300l
        It's in the auto section. And if you don't like...move along you dumb troll! Or would that take too much for your little mind and fat a...to do!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sean I Nesbit
          Sorry Sean my remark was for Rob.
          daviesplug
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sean I Nesbit
          Tee hee.
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want revolutionary, Roll out a line of CNG Trucks, But with Gov motors we may see solar powered.....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom
        there IS a cng model
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM today is NOT the GM of 30 years ago, like so many here love to tout. Their trucks are the best on the road hands down. As an example, in the area where I live we get one major snow storm about every other year. I usually brings the city to a halt. If you dare to venture out in those conditions, you'll usually have the road for the most part to yourself. As usually anyone else is either smart and at home, or dumb and in a ditch. You will also find some good folks pulling those idiots out of the ditch. 90% of the time, it's a GM build pickup doing that work. Rarely do you see any other build of truck out in this type of conditions. I and live in one of the states where trucks are advertised more than cars are. Trucks are a staple here. But you won't find too many Toyotas doing the heavy work that GM and Fords (and a few Rams) do day after day. They just don't cut it for real work. Yes, I own a GM truck. I've owned them since the 80's, when yes they were not that great. But I've watched the quality climb over the past 30 years and it's amazing how good a truck GM builds today over what everyone built 30 years ago. But, for the love of God that headlight picture is ugly. They should have kept that to themselves.
        macutty
        • 2 Years Ago
        And of course your unscientific, anecdotal story is hands down definitive evidnce that chevs are the best trucks in the whole universe.....pfft Each manufacturers have their strengths between ride, handling, power, payload, towing, style, features, accessories, etc. depending on who you are, where you live, what you do for a living, what hobbies you have ...I could go on. Point is there is no "best" truck and its fanboys like ypu who consistantly try and make their case as to why their favorite is the best that threads like these become tiring. You like chev. Thats cool. But not everyone agrees for very valid reasons....like fords handling while loaded or rams ride while unloaded....
      larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cars and trucks of today all look the same from year to year. Bring back the late 50's and early 60's where each car was drastically different from year to year and model to model and there was some "imagination" and individualism" between car makers.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fairly straight to the point !!!Good and or interesting posting !!! _thanks_~!!! {rob3001}~!!! OH & Good info to know !!! ;-[} r"R"r;a;wWwrRr.,.
      bennettgaryw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brian: GM makes cars in china just like almost all other auto makers, most are made in North America. Ford did get loans from the goverment, but did not file bankruptcy. GM and Chrysler have paid back the govermant all loans. The stocks have not been repaid because the goverment will not let them buy them back.... Please get your facts straight!
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive a Ford truck but ready like the Ram,but who owns it?
      • 2 Years Ago
      The profit, net, for GM was 1.48 billion in one year. It is not possible to pay off a 25 billion dollar loan with that profit. They actually took out another loan, from the feds to pay off the 25B.
        faqu2to
        • 2 Years Ago
        Or just stashed the 30 billion they got before going bankrupt to use on top of the bailout
      Hellow Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      I use to drive Ford F150's till I got the truck fom He-- and the dealer nor ford could find or fix the problem. My last five trucks have been GMC's and have not had any problems, I traid every 3 years. My biggest complaint is the interiors which fall way short of the compatition open the door of the top end Ford or Ram and it is obvious GM needs to get a new interior staff. Lacking a competive interior they could at least make it quiter inside the cab Ford seems to have that one aced. I do think GM is it's own worst enemy profit above consumer demand does not make for a good out come !!
      jesuaphn
      • 2 Years Ago
      It amazes me how people think. We all say to buy American made goods...yet, a lot of people still buy foreign cars. GM was given a loan and they have been paying it. let's face it, It is an American company and it is keeping jobs here. I drive a Ford and would like to see the competition continue between American made cars. We need to support our own.
        Bitch Ass Nigga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jesuaphn
        The largest toyota plant in the world is in california. They employ americans. While GM, Ford & Dodge are moving plants to mexico to save costs. Facts like these make it hard for me to "buy american"
          gilchristdesk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bitch Ass Nigga
          I wonder if people from Japan buy American because Toyota builds cars here? GM, Ford and Chrysler sell cars and trucks in Canada and Mexico. Ofcouse they are going to build some of them in these contries.
        hjtompary8
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jesuaphn
        Mostly all Chevy Trucks are assembled in Mexico and Canada. Of the so called 400,000 jobs created at GM over the last four years only 50,000 were in the U.S. DON'T care if GM get the profits, would like americans here in U.S. to get the jobs!
      Susan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought a Ford F150 FX4 nothing but issues, best day is when I traded it. Ford sells a good story but doesn't stand behind their product. Mike Rowe get out while you still have a good reputation.
        gary
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Susan
        sorry to hear that susan but there are lemons in every thing. i love my fx4
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