AD #2255 – Chevy Reveals New Silverado, SEC Scolds Tesla, General Motors Has Some ‘Splainin’ To Do

December 18th, 2017 at 12:07pm

Runtime: 7:26

0:29 BMW Dives into Solid State Batteries
1:00 SEC Scolds Tesla
2:25 Male Dominated Boards
3:17 Hey You, Stop Cheating!
3:56 Chevy Reveals New Silverado
5:30 GM Has Some ‘Splainin’ To Do

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31 Comments to “AD #2255 – Chevy Reveals New Silverado, SEC Scolds Tesla, General Motors Has Some ‘Splainin’ To Do”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I like the new silverado styling. But…..GM needs some serious updating to their engine options.Ford is kicking their ass in that dept.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #1 Fords “ecoboost” engines beat Chevy’s pushrod V8 in complexity, but not in much else. CR got nearly identical acceleration, and gas mileage with an F-150 2.7 turbo, and a Silverado 1500 with a 5.3 V8.

  3. Kate McLeod Says:

    Is there any explanation as to what this means?

    “making false statements of material fact or failing to disclose material facts concerning the company’s Model 3 vehicle.”

  4. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think the new Chevrolet pickup is going to have to grow on me; it’s not ugly, just proportioned oddly in my eye. Design sometimes does evolve into liking so I’ll just wait and see. I do like the rounded wheel wells but not crazy about the character line on the front fender.

  5. Chuck Grenci Says:

    From the stories I’ve heard on today’s show it seems Tesla has more explaining to do (than GM); GM’s probably still in some sort of investigating phase (cause the bigger the company, the slower the internal reactions). Hopefully when they do explain, all will be clear.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I don’t like the looks of any of today’s pickups. They are all too big, and the “macho” styling is a turn off. to me. I liked the looks of second generation Dakota, and second generation S-10. Of big pickups, the late 1990′s-early 2000′s F-150 was my favorite.

  7. Drew Says:

    I recognize this will be a subjective comment, but am curious how other people see it…

    I like the less square wheel openings on the new Silverado, but greatly dislike the front fender/front door character line that starts level on the fender, then angles down as it transitions to the front door. Other Chevys have such a goofy character lines, but none are goofier than Nissan. I can’t image the “Professional Grade” GMC will share this goofy design, but I could be wrong as Chevys and GMCs have shared door sheet metal as long as I can remember (if not always).

    In terms of full-size truck styling, I personally rated the 2017 models asRam first, followed by Chevy, with Ford a distant 3rd (Toyota and Nissan are either too ugly or too much of an amalgam of the Big 3 to be rated). As I look to 2019, I still rated the present Ram as #1 and the Ford moves into a strong #2 position. I’ll wait to see the Chevy in person before forming a view of how far it lags the Ram and Ford. Who knows, GMC may rate well.

  8. lambo2015 Says:

    That’s great that GM’s board is diversified at least gender-wise. However I think that having quotas doesn’t always mean the best person gets the job. I’m actually surprised GMs is 50% when I doubt their workforce is split that evenly.
    Its actually sad that in this day and age that quotas are needed to insure inclusion.

    Like the new Colorado design!! Now offer it with a small V8 and I have no need for a full size.

  9. Danny Turnpaugh Says:

    Any of the pickup trucks look better to me than the Toyota Prius, those cars are just butt ugly just slightly better the Pontiac Astek was.

  10. Lisk Says:

    3) My interpretation of the comment is when the reservations were made, Tesla failed to mention that folks that ordered high end cars would get their cars quicker than those that ordered the base version ($35,000) of the car. Those willing to spend the most money get their cars first, not the order in which the reservation was made.
    3) My interpretation of the comment is when the reservations were made, Tesla failed to mention that folks that ordered high end cars would get their cars quicker than those that ordered the base version ($35,000) of the car. Those willing to spend the most money get their cars first, not the order in which the reservation was made.

    Because of employees rights, FCA could not have told GM the reasons for the firing of Iacobelli. Unless GM hired him after the charges against him were made public, I’m sure GM saw this as an opportunity to pick up a skilled and experienced UAW negotiator. I’m sure when the hired Iggy Lopez as a contract supplier negotiator in the 00s (?) they had no idea of the mans evil past with his former employers.

  11. lambo2015 Says:

    #1 GA; Not to get into a Ford GM debate but exactly how is Ford kicking GMs ass? I think its just different strategies with similar results. Ford is turbo happy and putting it on everything. Going to smaller displacement for fuel economy while GM stays true to naturally aspirated engines and less complexity. With very similar results with the exception of the largest HP offerings.

    Comparing both V6 offerings Fords gets 5 less Hp and 40 lbs of TQ for a gain of 1 MPG.
    Small V8s Ford has 40 more HP 17 more lbs TQ but gets 1 less MPG. So thats pretty equal.

    Then compare GMs big V8 to Ford Big V6 turbo. GM gets 45 more HP but 10 lbs less TQ but Ford gets 3-4 more MPG.
    However I believe GM figured that many truck owners would prefer the simple naturally aspirated engine over a turbo engine.
    So as Ford continues to claim to have the best resale truck on the market. DO you suppose they will in a few short years? Not sure many people will pay the same for a Turbo V6 with 80k on it as they will for a V8 with 80k. So its more about preference and not engine technology.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #9 A Prius is a great looking car! No, I’m not serious. People buy them because of how the work, not how they look. The same was the case with Aztec. I knew a couple people who bought them, but they were the first to admit that they bought them because they were a good value, and being basically a minivan, except for the hinged doors, had good utility.

  13. lambo2015 Says:

    #12 I know an owner of an Aztec. The vehicle had a lot of nice features. The tent specifically designed for it which with the rear seats down provides a good sleeping space and it had a cooler in the center console and many other cool features. Too bad they didn’t spend as much time on the exterior design.

  14. Drew Says:

    The Actec’s exterior styling was compromised by the minivan underpinnings which yielded a high cowl with no room for larger SUV-like tires. The rest of the shape was distinctive, but never could be great because of those underpinnings.

  15. Chuck Grenci Says:

    You know, after looking at an Azteck, it wouldn’t have taken much to un-uglify it; move those turn signal light down, move the headlamps up and raise the tail lights up to the hatch (maybe make them a bit more horizontal to lower the rear look). As GM has done in the past; they just rushed the final product out as good-enough (it wasn’t).

  16. Lex Says:

    When are we going to hear more news about the five passenger Honda Pilot. I have been working with my local Acura Dealer but the RDX just does not have the tech that the Jeep Cherokee Limited has. Acura shame on you no Apple Carplay no Android Auto! It is Winter Time and who wants to put a new vehicle on the road to be eaten up by snow plows and salt chips!

  17. Maverick Says:

    I’m not enamored with the Silverado front fender to door character line either. I also think the small part of the front fender that wraps into the light area looks like horse blinkers! :)

  18. Albemarle Says:

    I like the look of the new Silverado. Looks ‘skinnier’ than the old rounded version. Like it’s lost some fat. That’s good for pickups, probably better than actually getting lighter.
    As far as engine’s go, if I can get the needed performance from a regularly aspirated engine and not lose too much fuel economy, count me in. I am pleased that Aston Martin agrees with me.

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    They need to make a standard cab “step side” version of the Silverado, with a manual transmission.

  20. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ # 11,Lambo: I am still a big fan of the pushrod engine. Now,what I was referring to was engine choices.I the silverado you have the 4.3L/5.3L/and the 6.2L. I am of course referring to the 1/2 ton line.

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 4.3 would work fine in the ljght weight, basic truck I s?describe in #19.

  22. Bob Wilson Says:

    #9 – The Prius looks a lot better in the lights of a gas pump.

  23. Ukendoit Says:

    I didn’t like the look of the Chevy at first, but its already growing on me. I think the only bad part is those front wrap-around points under the headlights. They should either get rid of those or extend them farther towards the grill. I didn’t like the character lines, but now I see them looking muscular and giving the trapezoidal rugged wheel well look without the odd shaped actual wheel well openings (which don’t match the shape of the round wheels). I also like the look of the bumper steps better; the original ones looked like a after-thought holes in the bumper. These look more like intentional integrated steps. I also like how big the rear window looks. I’ll have to see it in person, but it may be growing on me to the #2 spot after RAM and before Ford.

  24. lambo2015 Says:

    #20 G.A. What other engine choices would you like to see? Within the 1/2 ton line Ford offers a non-turbo V6 and V8 two Turbo V6′s. GM offers one V6 and two V8′s. So Ford only offers one more engine choice than GM and with the big push to lower complexity having multiple engines that overlap in power seems unnecessary.
    In fact I think GM could even drop the V6 from their line-up. It gets the exact same MPG as their 5.3L V8 but has @ 70 less HP and TQ. So other than maybe being able to offer a cheaper entry price I’m not sure why they offer the V6.

    Honestly I think Ford only offers 4 engines to drive home the turbo advantage. They have a naturally aspirated V6 & V8 and a turbo V6 & V8 and both turbo engines get more TQ and better MPG.

  25. lambo2015 Says:

    #24 Opps Correction.. Didn’t mean to say Turbo V8 but their large V6 Turbo does have 70 more Lbs of TQ and MPG advantage over the V8.

  26. Kit Gerhart Says:

    In CR’s tests, which are closer to “real world” than the EPA cycles, a Chevy with the 5.3 gets the same mpg as the Ford 2.7 turbo. The trucks tested were the biggest, heaviest ones, “crew cab,” with 4wd.

    I suspect someone who drives “gently” might do better with the Ford turbo, but most people probably would not.

    As far as the 4.3 in the Chevy, it is mainly for people who want to minimize the purchase price. It would probably get a little better real world city mpg than the V8, but not much better.

  27. M Campbell Says:

    What is the reason for not centering the shark-fin antenna on truck cabs? And why are they placed at the leading edge while sedans usually have them centered at the trailing edge of the cabin roof.

  28. lambo2015 Says:

    #27 My guess would be to avoid damage with ladder racks light bars and other roof top add on items. I have seen guys load lumber or ladders in the bed and lean them up on and against the back of the cab.

  29. BobD Says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… I LOVE the side character lines on the new Silverado. The old Silverado was too plain. Not so fond of the tail-end or the front grill, especially the headlight treatments. Must be in competition with Ford on weird headlights.

    Not sure if the V6 in the Silverado is the same one in the Colorado, but the one in the Colorado is great and gets good fuel economy (25 mpg mixed driving).

  30. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The V6 in the Silverado is 3/4 of a pushrod V8. The V6 in the Colorado is a completely different overhead cam, 4 valve/cylinder engine.

  31. GP Says:

    John, you have some “SPLAININ” to do. Mellinnals and under will have no clue what you’re talking about. “LUCY” :)