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Chevrolet and GMC Trucks Offer Fleets a Menu of Options

June 5, 2017

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Photo: General Motors

Fleets don’t need a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead they need tools — in this case vehicles — that can be specifically tailored to the job at hand. To that end, GM offers a menu of options to its Chevrolet and GMC truck fleet customers, designed to meet their specific operational needs.

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Photo: GMC

These individualized solutions include the choice of a range of available engines, payload and trailering capacities, upfits, and safety options on its 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

Power Options

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Photo: Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are available with either a 4.3L EcoTec3® V6, 5.3L EcoTec3® V8, or 6.2L EcoTec3® V8 engine, depending on the truck configuration and/or needs of the fleet, which is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission or the available 8-speed automatic transmission (depending on configuration).

The 4.3L V6 produces 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.3L V8 produces 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. The 6.2L V8 produces 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.

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Photo: Chevrolet

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD feature the Vortec® 6.0L V8 engine and heavy-duty 6-speed electronically controlled transmission as standard, which produce 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively. Each model also has an available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 engine and Allison® 1000 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Photo: Chevrolet

The Silverado 3500HD and Sierra 3500HD come standard with a Vortec® 6.0L V8 engine and heavy-duty 6-speed electronically controlled transmission, which produce 360 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, respectively, or an available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 engine that is B-20 Diesel compatible and an Allison® 1000 6-speed automatic transmission.

Delivering Capacity

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Photo: GMC

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have a payload capacity ranging from 1,650 to 2,250 pounds1 depending on the configuration. The 1500 models have a towing capability of between 5,500 to 12,500 pounds2, depending on the configuration chosen by the fleet.

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Photo: GMC

The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD  have a payload capacity ranging from 2,356 to 4,404 pounds1 depending on the configuration. The towing capability for each model begins at 9,400 pounds and tops out at 18,100 pounds3.

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Photo: GMC

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and the GMC Sierra 3500HD have a payload capacity beginning at 3,8211. The maximum payload is 7,153 pounds1. The Silverado 3500HD and the Sierra 3500HD have a maximum trailering capacity of 23,300 pounds3, depending on configuration and a minimum trailering capacity of 8,800 pounds3.

Upfitting Flexibility

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Photo: General Motors

Upfitting allows fleets to further customize their vehicles by adding aftermarket equipment to further tailor the vehicle beyond the options and equipment available from the OEM directly. GM makes the upfitting process easy for its fleet customers by including the option of a box delete across its portfolio of trucks. This includes the mid-size Colorado and Canyon, and the full-size Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500. This helps to streamline the upfit process by allowing fleets to procure vehicles that fit their exact specs delivered directly to the fleet via the OEM’s ship-thru process.

GM has a network of leading specialty vehicle manufacturers (SVM) that are selected on the merit of their upfit or conversion, financial stability, and adherence to governmental and trade association requirements. GM lists its SVM providers on its website or fleets can work directly with a Business Elite Dealer to answer questions or to find an upfitter that best meets the needs of the fleet.

Upfits from independent suppliers are not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty, and the automaker is not responsible for independent supplier alterations.

Staying Safe & Connected

For many fleets, safety is a top-of-mind priority, and the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lineups help fleet managers keep their drivers safe and secure whether they’re driving to a jobsite, delivering a product, or going to a service call. Among the standard safety equipment available on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are daytime running lights, air bags4, StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System, and tire pressure monitoring. Advanced safety features5, such as Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, OnStar® Guidance Plan6 (for three months), Rear Vision Camera, and Safety Alert Seat are standard on select trim levels. In other trim levels, these features may be available as an option. The safety belt assurance system is available in select trim levels.

The GMC Sierra 1500 includes many of the same safety equipment as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, including standard air bags4 and tire pressure monitoring system, a rear vision camera as standard or as an available option, and available advanced safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Safety Alert Seat on select models.

The Chevrolet 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD offer available advanced safety features5 such as Driver Alert Package with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. Additional available OnStar® services are the Protection Plan6, Security Plan6, and Guidance Plan6.

Among the standard features available on all Chevrolet 3500HD trims are frontal driver and right-front passenger single stage air bags4, frontal passenger-side air bag deactivation switch, daytime running lights, and StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System. Standard on the LT, LTZ, and High Country trims and available on the Work Truck trim is Rear Vision Camera and OnStar® Guidance Plan6 (for three months). All trims have additional air bags4 available as an option.

The GMC Sierra 3500HD offers a number of standard and available safety features (depending on the configuration). These include available thorax side-impact air bags4 and head curtain side-impact air bags4 for front and rear outboard seating positions, Front and Rear Park Assist5, and Hill Descent Control.

Today’s fleets also rely on connectivity. In addition to the available OnStar® service — whose features include Turn-by-Turn Navigation7, Vehicle Diagnostics8, Emergency Assistance9, and Stolen Vehicle Assistance10 — GM’s entire pickup truck lineup has available 4G LTE connectivity with available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot11 that will keep technicians and managers in contact on a jobsite or at a service call at a customer’s place of business or home. The available Commercial Link™ and Telogis telematics solutions can be added to help fleet managers route and monitor driver behavior — aiding efficiency and safety.

Backing the Product

Fleets that already have GM trucks know that the vehicles are reliable. GM demonstrates this by backing its trucks with a warranty that is conducive to fleet operations. Coverage includes:

  • 2-year scheduled maintenance12 (2 years/24,000 miles; 2 visits)
  • Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty13 (3 years/36,000 miles)
  • Corrosion Warranty (3 years/36,000 miles; rust-through 6 years/100,000 miles)
  • Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty13 (5 years/60,000 miles; qualified fleet purchases14: 5 years/100,000 miles)
  • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation (5 years/60,000 miles; qualified fleet purchases: 5 years/100,000 miles)

In addition, for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD, the powertrain and roadside assistance15 warranties are increased to 5 years/100,000 miles13 specifically for trucks equipped with the Duramax® Diesel engine.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2017 GMC Sierra are available now for fleet ordering.

Disclaimers

  1. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people of cargo, carefully review the Vehicle Loading section of the Owner’s manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver door jamb.
  2. Silverado 1500 LTZ or Sierra 1500 SLT 2WD Double Cab Standard Box or Crew Cab Short Box with the available 6.2L V8 engine and the MAX Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo, and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
  3. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo, and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
  4. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.
  5. Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings, and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s Owner Manual for important feature limitations and information.
  6. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details, and system limitations.
  7. Requires ABS and Guidance or Navigation Add-On Plan. Visit onstar.com for coverage map. Services vary by model.
  8. Capabilities vary by model. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.
  9. Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details, and system limitations. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.
  10. Services vary by model and conditions. Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details, and system limitations. Theft Alarm Notification features vary by vehicle. Requires factory-installed theft-deterrent system; Security, Guidance, or Stolen Vehicle Assistance Plan Add-On; and selection of notification communication preference(s). Vehicles must be locked electronically to arm the factory-installed theft-deterrent system. Messaging and data rates may apply.
  11. Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details, and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service availability in select markets. Some services require data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T.
  12. Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotation, and 27-point inspections, according to your new vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of two service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
  13. Whichever comes first. See dealer for details.
  14. Whichever comes first. A “Qualified Fleet User” is defined as, subject to below exclusions, any company which has purchased or leased five (5) or more new cars and/or trucks (any combination of vehicle of vehicle manufacturers) solely for business use in its operation within the last 12 months or that currently owns or leases fifteen (15) or more cars and trucks used in its company service.
  15. Roadside Assistance Service provided by AllState Roadside Services (U.S. and Canada).

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