How the 2015 Chevy Silverado Cuts Collision Repair Complexity
General Motors is touting the crashworthiness of the 2015 Chevy Silverado, a pickup truck that they say has been expertly designed to save drivers time and money when they take it into the body shop for repairs.
“Designing automobiles to be both durable and light weight is a challenge for the automotive industry,” said John Van Alstyne, the president and CEO of I-CAR, an international organization that shares new repair procedures among automotive repair professionals. “Advanced materials may deliver both qualities, but automakers need to still ensure vehicles are still designed for affordable reparability.”
Several years ago, when GM engineers first began working on the current generation Silverado, they incorporated features that would allow technicians to repair collision damage with greater ease and efficiency. Today, GM released an infographic which highlights some of those features:
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The Silverado’s reparability features include a front frame rail section, structural front fenders, bond-on body panel procedures, pre-prepared roof panels, one-piece body side outers, and some flexible bed repair options.
“When we design trucks, we don’t only consider what features our consumers demand from a full-size truck,” says Mark Szlachta, a GM serviceability design engineer. “We also approach the process with our technician hat on, ensuring we engineer a truck that is straightforward and cost-effective to repair.”
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