January 25, 2007

General Motors announces improvements to medium-duty trucks

Las Vegas, Nevada – General Motors has made a number of significant enhancements to its medium-duty model line-up for the 2007 and 2008 model years. These include an all-new Chevrolet and GMC W-Series, as well as revised diesel engines and exhaust systems to ensure GM medium-duty trucks meet new, more stringent federal and state of California diesel as emissions standards.

The Chevrolet and GMC W-Series is all new for 2008, with a number of improvements specifically focused on increasing driver comfort, which can correlate to increased productivity. W-Series drivers will quickly note the larger and more spacious cab, with more side-to-side and front-to-back room. This results in more seat travel, as well as increased headroom, shoulder room and legroom on both standard and crew cab models.

The all-new W-Series features a new, more modern dashboard with a full complement of easy-to-see gauges and warning lamps. It includes a 5-bin opening for such optional equipment as radios, GPS systems and rearview cameras. The all-new cab is built to last a long time, with greater rust and corrosion protection from the galvanized steel panels to the electro deposit paint primer and high quality enamel paint top coat. Additional safety items found on the 2008 Chevrolet and GMC W-Series include: a new seat belt design; low-cut side windows; larger, 17-inch by 8-inch side mirrors with integrated convex sections; and available heated mirrors.

W5500 22-foot models are now available with a 200-inch wheelbase – 24 inches longer than the previously longest wheelbase of 176 inches. For customers requiring an even longer wheelbase, W5500 HD 22- and 24-foot models are available with a 212-inch wheelbase.

W5500 and W5500 HD LWB models are powered exclusively by the overhead cam 5.2L 4HK1-TC turbocharged, intercooled, diesel engine. It delivers 205 horsepower and 441 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a new Aisin A465 heavy-duty six-speed automatic with double overdrive. Chevrolet and GMC W5500 and W5500 HD LWB models are ideal for companies that transport furniture and appliances, as well as bakers, florists and heating and cooling companies.

Another addition to the Chevrolet and GMC W-Series lineup is the W3500 Gas Crew Cab. It combines the added interior room of a crew cab with the power and convenience of a gasoline engine. The W3500 Gas Crew Cab will appeal to medium-duty customers who typically put less than 30,000 miles on their vehicles annually. Likely applications include landscaping services, furniture transport, construction and much more. The W3500 Gas Crew Cab will be available later in the model year and will be powered by the 325-horsepower Vortec 6.0-litre V8 engine that is mated to the Hydra-Matic 4L80 four-speed automatic with lockup torque converter and overdrive.

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