General Motors’ New Pickup Trucks Going on a Strict Diet

General Motors’ New Pickup Trucks Going on a Strict Diet

To help meet future U.S. fuel economy standards and stay competitive with Ford, General Motors is putting its next-generation pickup trucks on a strict diet.

Unfortunately for GM, it won’t be able to implement its extensive weight reduction program until the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra gets redesigned in 2019. And even though the recently redesigned Silverado and Sierra lost 250 to 450 pounds, Ford is looking to slash at least 700 pounds from its F-150 in a fall 2014 redesign.

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Compared to its competitors, the American automaker didn’t do enough in terms of weight reduction and powertrain improvements to stay competitive in the market. But GM is looking to using more lightweight materials in its next-generation pickup trucks and could even release updated models in between redesigns as a mid-cycle refresh.

“We’re going to look at all the levers we can pull — materials, aerodynamics, powertrain — to continue to improve fuel efficiency, both on an interim basis and as we go to the next-generation trucks,” GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said.

[Source: Automotive News]

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