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The days have come when the people can easily forget about Viper and Corvette. These days a lot of comparisons are being made among the various truck models available in the market. The full size trucks have been always a matter of concern for the domestic car manufacturing companies. Till the new truck by Ford comes out in the market, Silverado by Chevrolet will continue to hold the top most position in the consumer reports list. Ram 1500 has failed to make a good place for itself in the heart of the customers.
A brief of the competition
Since a few years a close competition is being observed between the two renowned vehicles. Both of them are being powered by the version 8 engines.
The Silverado that is going to come out in the market in 2014 has been powered by the GMC Sierra twin engine. This has left Ram far behind in the race. The truck could score only 81. This score was enough to make to the list of the top rated trucks.
Silverado have been able to get a narrow victory over Ram. The later finished with just 3 points less than the super truck by Silverado.
The factors that helped Silverado win the game is fuel economy and better payload and towing capacity. Not only is this the truck also has a very low step in height. This makes driving convenient.
There are also steps at the rear bumper. This helps a lot in loading and unloading the goods.
But the surveys have shown that most of the people still prefer Ram over Silverado. The most obvious reason behind this is that the ride is smoother. This has been only possible due spring rear suspension. It also has an eight speed automatic transmission.
Experience with GMC Sierra
There are various heavy duty vehicles available in the market these days. But not all of them are able to provide the ultimate power. GMC Sierra manufactured by the General Motors has been able to provide the best carrying service to the owner. The best thing about it is that it’s a full sized truck. It is one of the best models that have been designed by General Motors. It has a finishing that is smooth and civilized in nature. It has a chassis that is first class in nature.
Features of the new model:
General Motors have carried out many innovative changes in the new model of the truck. Let’s have a look at some of the most striking features.
There are eight cylinders in the engine of the vehicle. Four cylinders are controlled by the active fuel management system. This helps the vehicle obtain a steady speed.
The engine of the Sierra is located in the front side. It has four wheels and has the ability to provide a huge pickup.
The truck has electric motivations. The transmission system of the vehicle is also highly sophisticated in nature.
The truck has the ability to accommodate five people.
The vehicle has a graphic display that gives the rider a detail insight about the status of the car.
One of the vital factors that have led to the popularity of GMC Sierra is its trailing capacity. The dynamics of the truck has been implemented in such a way that makes it acceptable among the people. The design of the vehicle is a solid one and allows the driver to experience a thick ride quality. But there are still some areas where GM is working to improve the quality of the automobile. The best thing about the vehicle is that it has a fuel management system that is highly efficient in nature.
GM has stated that launching the new trucks on a six-speed automatic transmission is an introductory affair, and eight-speed automatics will eventually be available.
At the moment both Silverado and Sierra are equipped with four speed automatic transmissions, which come standard for V6 and V8 versions respectively. After the models were launched, General Motors did provide volume upgrades to allow housing for their six-speed automatic and this is where the trend lies. Other competitors such as Ford and Dodge have followed suit of the six-speed automatic trail and Ram has fully migrated to eight-speed for most of their high end models set to be released in 2013.
According to sources from General Motors, the introduction of 2014 models in full-size trucks is mirrored on the 2007 launch in terms of transmission resolution. With both Sierra and Silverado starting off with six-speed automatic transmission and eventually leading up to potential version upgrades when the eight-speed transmissions are in effect. These plans are an upgrade from the current four-speed automatic transmission offers that GM has on its lineup but ultimately falls short on public expectation of an eight-speed automatic launch for their truck and SUV lines respectively. The current release plan for their full-size trucks will require all new GM models to undergo a midcycle upgrade in two to three years after its launch as evidenced by adding two gear upgrades to its current slate. It is expected that once the Hydra-Matic eight speed transmissions are good to go that GM will stabilize all six-speed upgrades from the ground up.
The Japanese have made considerable advances in massive vehicle design and that is the reason why some Asian-manufactured trucks have made significant in-roads in the North American market. This is manifested in the substantial increase in sales of the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan trucks right after their launch. Nevertheless, despite the amazing progress that the Asian vehicle design and manufacturing field has attained in the past decade, the US truck manufacturing companies are still the lords when it comes to trucks and pick-ups. The reason behind this is the devoted loyalty that customers have on American manufacturers and this never ceases to bring faithful clients back to the US truck showrooms each time a new truck model is launched.
One palpable advantage of US-made trucks over the others is because of its diesel options, a feature Nissan and Toyota do not possess. Construction companies prefer diesel engines especially when they are buying fleets because of the engine motor’s torque and its hauling and towing capacity. In addition, diesel fuel is more cost-efficient that gasoline. And because construction companies and other fleet purchases rely mainly on the efficient and powerful nature of big trucks, those designed with diesel engines have the edge over those, which are not.
Ford Motor Corporation, forging an alliance with Navistar, Inc. in 1982, has made thousands of engine-powered trucks. Although Navistar sells its engines tagged as MaxxForce, Ford opted to use Power Stroke as its engine’s name. Today, the Power Stroke is the best-selling diesel engine in the United States. Ford statistics says that 75% of their truck buyers choose the diesel engine-run trucks over the gas-fed ones. The Ford vehicles with the diesel engine option include the F-250 and the F-550, the E series vans, and the Excursion SUV.
Gm has its own version of diesel engine-run trucks. Its full-sized pick-ups, the GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado both have their own V8 diesel engine options. Today, GM has partnered with Isuzu in producing its diesel engines for its fleet. The truck manufacturer even manufactures slightly less powerful diesel engines for some of its full-sized Chevrolets and GMC vans.
Chrysler, which was formerly known as Dodge, has Cummins, Inc. taking care of its turbo-diesel engines for its RAM fleet.
There have been reports that in order to give their customers the same diesel option that other vehicle manufacturers offer, Nissan will be ordering from Cummins 5.0L diesel engines for its Titan trucks.