GM has announced that it will no longer fudge its payload ratings for its pickup trucks.
After admitting that the company removes parts from its pickup trucks in order to maximize their payload ratings, the American automaker said that it will no longer exclude items to calculate payloads. The practice began with Ford on its Super Duty pickups (F-250, F-350 and F-450) and GM followed on its light-duty trucks starting with the 2014 model year. With the 2015 model year the American automaker began excluding parts on its heavy-duty pickups.
According to GM, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, Silverado 1500, GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 will use “maximum payloads based on curb weights” in all the trucks’ advertising, catalogs and media materials. The company will also update its already-published specs for the 2015 model year pickups so that they have payload ratings based on their curb weights.
Ford on the other hand will continue to delete the weight of items such as the spare tire, jack, radio and center console to set the payloads on its Super Duty pickups.
“As this story unfolded, we took a look at how the whole industry does this, and almost everybody uses base curb weight,” GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said. “We thought the best thing to do was line up with the rest of the industry to make those comparisons as easy as possible for consumers.”
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[Source: Automotive News]
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