Report: GM Vice Chair Throws Down a Gauntlet to Ford in Heavy Duty Tug of War

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

General Motors’ vice chairman of global product operations is so strong a believer in his company’s product he’s willing to prove it in a tug-of-war between the GMC Heavy Duty and the Ford F-Series Super Duty.

Vice Chairman Tom Stephens made the bold statement in an interview with about the new Duramax engines powering the 2011 Chevrolet and GMC Heavy Duty. The site’s editor was surprised by the statement, he asked Stephens three times if he was serious, but Stephens remained adamant.

“You’re going to love our new diesel Duramax engine in the new Heavy Duty,” Stephens told “You know what I want to do to prove it? I want to take our truck and Ford’s [new Super Duty] and chain them together back -to-back. Then I want to have them pull against each other. I know our truck will beat theirs.” passed the challenge on to Ford but has yet to get a response. We’re not sure if Ford is willing to take the bait, but this is one challenge we would love to see.


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  • JT JT on Feb 12, 2010

    You know, this is a stupid idea, but what is more stupid are the childish comments I see above. GM, Ford and Dodge all make good products and it basically comes down to what you like better. These are some impressive #s by GM, but I too would like to see a towing dual statistic. Aaron, BTW, the Duramax is made by Izuzu, a Japanese company, but it has proven to be one the best diesel motors on the market today.

  • Steve0 Steve0 on Mar 23, 2010

    Well, you are both almost right. Izuzu makes the parts in Japan, but they are ASSEMBLED in Moraine, Ohio. I just know my Duramax will blow the doors off either the Ford or the Dodge, without smoking, stinking, or clattering loud enough to wake the dead, and get better mileage doing it!