Chevy 2019 Silverado drops weight, adds features for Detroit Auto Show | Techno Rhyno

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Any time you sell 585,000 of anything in a year, it’s a pretty big deal. But when you’re talking full-size pickup trucks, you’re talking about something that’s “mission critical” to not just the company that builds it, but the auto industry as a whole. That’s why there’s a whole lot of eyeballs on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado tonight. The new truck, which rolled out at an off-site media event ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, is General Motors’ cash cow, and irrefutably its most important product.

Arriving in time for Chevrolet Trucks’ centennial, the new Silverado looks more substantial, yet thanks to its increased use of mixed metals, it’s actually lost a lot of weight — some 450 pounds. The new truck features a longer wheelbase and its frame offers 10 percent greater torsional rigidity, yet it’s 88 pounds lighter. A lot of the weight savings likely came from the all-aluminum “swing panels” — automaker speak for doors, hoods and…

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