With the market for pickup trucks at its best since before the recession, General Motors can't afford any hiccups with the launch of its new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra twins, but it sounds like the popularity of V8-powered trucks is causing some supply-chain issues. Bloomberg reports that GM is experiencing a shortage of 5.3-liter V8 engines because an unnamed parts supplier has been unable to keep up with demand. This is leading GM to restrict the number of V8 Silverado and Sierra trucks that Chevrolet and GMC dealers are allowed to order.

Although it's unclear how long it will take to resolve the parts shortage, GM doesn't have much time to sort it out, as a new Ford F-150 looms on the horizon. At launch, GM's fullsize trucks were offered only with a base 4.3-liter V6 and the 5.3-liter V8, but a burlier 6.2-liter V8 will be available soon. Interestingly, at least at the moment, GM truck buyers don't seem as willing to downsize to V6 power as buyers of the F-150, which gets some 42-percent of its sales from trucks equipped with its EcoBoost V6 engine (not including the normally aspirated base V6).

Working out the kinks in the Silverado and Sierra's supply chain couldn't be more important to the health of the company. Full-size pickups are a huge profit driver – in 2012, the trucks were said to make up about two-third of GM's total profits.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Laser must be furious.
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        @Avinash Machado
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        Billy Farmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        you must be proud of the way you can write such BS in circles with no real meaning..
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        Must've taken you a couple of hours to type out a response THAT long.
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        GM's V6 is very competitive and has a power band more suited to truck duty than either Ford or Dodge's base, N/A V6s.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      These trucks are junk. The metal is so thin you can dent it with your finger.
        DarkKnight67
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        What? You been drinking your name or what? The only car I've seen that I can dent with a finger was my friend's Toyota - and I hit it playing football and crushed the front fender.
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        @budwsr25
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        truckguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        Did you have your eyes open it was a ford or ram.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Me smells some price fixing going on.
      Billy Farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      how the new GM haters must be hating this with every fiber in their body lol...... have fun hating :)-
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is amazing to me. They launch with ONE MODEL and they don't have enough capacity? Someone got caught with their pants down on this one.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        Silverado + Sierra = 2 (and 2 of their most popular, at that)
      X8664
      • 1 Year Ago
      American garbage.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @X8664
        It's a full size truck. I'd hardly consider one made by one of the Big 3 as garbage. And I say this as a Tundra owner. There are things about all the full sizers that I like.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Family Truckster.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe its because GM has no turbo v6 option like ford? Not nocking but calling a turboboost v6 a downsize is kind of silly when it upsizes many v8's in power and low end torque.
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Yeah exactly. Seemed a dubious "interesting fact" to point out, when you then admit that the fact actually isn't true when you consider the Ford V6 that actually compete's with GM's 4.3L V6 (base to base). The Ecoboost is an engine upgrade, so it isn't a downgrade on power.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      you roll out a brand new truck for the first time in 7 years and you cannot get enough parts to put a truck together are you kidding me?. I have been waiting since July to order a new double cab with the new L86 6.2 liter. GM has not even put any numbers out on this yet like it is some kind of top secret information. you mean to tell me we are 3 months away from 2014 and you have no information on your new truck and to top that you cannot get enough parts to put a truck together REALLY!!!!! Good luck General Motors. I'll keep driving my 2007 Sierra extended cab 127000 miles and not ONE!!!! problem. 98000 on the original brakes try that ford or dodge it would never happen
        cfphelps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        What numbers do you want? 420 hp and 460 TQ were released quite some time ago. It does suck that you can't get the truck you want, though. At least you're not exactly roughing it with your '07 though. My GF has a 2007 Sierra extended cab with the 6.0L also, wonderful truck!
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Interestingly, at least at the moment, GM truck buyers don't seem as willing to downsize to V6 power as buyers of the F-150, which gets some 42-percent of its sales from trucks equipped with its EcoBoost V6 engine (not including the normally aspirated base V6)." WHO WRITES THIS STUFF? Must be someone who has not seen all the ads and articles that say that the Chevy V8 gets equal or better mileage to the Ecoboost, at a lower sticker price
      ebn.hahn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds Fishy Out of a company with a history of clouding the facts... I suspect a quality issue....
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