Studs and Duds: 2013 North American International Auto Show
Dud: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra can haul, tow, slog, carry, and drive as well as anything out there, we’re sure. If you’re a Chevy or GMC fan, and you’ve been waiting for a new truck, then here you go. You’ll love it. But GM clearly didn’t push hard enough when it designed these trucks. They are state of the art…as measured by 2012 standards. But with Ford’s Ecoboost engines and Dodge’s vastly improved Ram truck, GM is finding itself a step behind. The really sad part though, is that GM has a game changer sitting on a shelf right now. Before the company went through its bankruptcy, there was a small-displacement diesel V-8 under development. The project was shelved thanks to the limited resources brought about by the bankruptcy, but development was largely complete, too. If GM had introduced these trucks with that diesel engine–the first in a half-ton pickup–it could’ve been a game changer. Instead, that honor will go to someone else, and GM will be left sitting on the bench.