[PHOTOS] Chevy Silverado Medium-Duty Trucks Roll Off Assembly Line
Chevrolet Silverado’s first-ever medium-duty truck lineup will soon be available at dealerships around the U.S.
Production and shipping are underway at GM’s assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, for 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD chassis cab models.
“When we decided to get back into the medium-duty segment, we were determined to build the truck our customers have been asking for,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM fleet. “We listened to the needs of fleet managers, truck drivers, technicians, and dealers to design a truck that’s easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service, and easy to own.”
The three medium-duty Silverado models feature a one-piece straight frame-rail design with no welds, brackets, or rivets. This makes it easy for upfitters to turn them into dump trucks, tow trucks, delivery trucks, and more.
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Silverado medium-duty models also offer seven cab-to-axle lengths, which broadens the lineup’s usefulness for a wide range of applications.
These trucks are built for easy servicing, too. Clamshell hoods and 50-degree wheel cuts give mechanics better access than they have with normally designed trucks.
Each Silverado medium-duty model is available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations and can be had with either a regular cab or a crew cab.
“Demand for the new Silverado medium duty has been exceptionally strong from dealers, upfitters, and customers,” said John Schwegman, GM Fleet’s director of commercial products.
Strong demand for medium-duty Silverados is good news for GM, which is making a major push to expand its commercial fleet business. So far, it’s been a strong year. GM is expecting a double-digit increase in annual commercial fleet sales compared to 2017.
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