GM marks its territory with iconic Silverado bloodline

CUSTOMERS in Australia and New Zealand will be able to access some of the biggest and best full size trucks, beginning with the Chevrolet Silverado, through the newly established General Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) network.

The Silverado 1500, remanufactured to right hand drive by Walkinshaw Automotive Group, is the first entry in the GMSV portfolio, with the Silverado 2500 and the C8 Corvette to follow in late 2021.

North American full size trucks are redefining the ute market in Australia and New Zealand, and GMSV will offer some of America’s most successful and highest selling vehicles in the segment, said Joanne Stogiannis, Director of GMSV.

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“We have launched with over fifty GM Specialty Vehicles dealers and look forward to adding more. Our GMSV dealers are now open for business in Australia and New Zealand. We can’t wait to see the first Silverados being driven out of our GMSV showrooms,” she said.

“We believe there is significant opportunity in Australia and New Zealand for our iconic North American vehicles to compete in niche segments.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is the epitome of the iconic all-American Chevrolet truck bloodline. Over 100 years of truck building know-how has been put into the Silverado, which sets the bar for towing and all-round capability.

With segment leading power and torque from the 6.2-litre EcoTec3 V8 petrol engine, coupled to a highly efficient 10-speed auto transmission with enhanced acceleration and torque delivery while towing, it’s certainly more than capable.

It also features standard auto stop/start technology and dynamic fuel management. Towing capacity is a whopping 4.5-tonnes in tow/haul mode, with trailer sway control, hill start assist and auto grade and cruise grade braking.

Purposeful technology such as ‘auto lighting test’, allows drivers to conduct a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help confirm that the trailer is properly connected.

In the past, this was a two-person job, now a single individual can properly connect a trailer and check the lights. Clever.

An advanced towing package with hitch guidance, hitch view, integrated brake controller, trailer theft alert and in-vehicle advanced trailering system is also standard.

But it doesn’t stop there, as a suite of active safety features also come as standard, which include front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and low speed forward automatic braking.

Front pedestrian braking, intellibeam automatic headlamp control, following distance indicator and safety alert seat are also included.

The Silverado Durabed tray features an industry first power up/down tailgate, cargo bed camera, LED cargo lighting, standard spray-in liner and 12 tie-downs.

Inside customers will experience a spacious cabin that boasts best-in-class front head and leg room, with a roomy second row.

A bold design and chrome accents fill the interior and exterior. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard across the range.

Customers can visit the new GMSV website for more information or to find a dealer. You can also register for updates regarding the C8 Corvette.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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