Interesting Facts on the Chevrolet Silverado Pickup
- The Silverado Pickup didn't first come out as a standalone model that's part of Chevy's lineup. From the 1970s up to the end of the 20th century, the name was only used as a trim to designate its C and K trucks. These were most luxurious and top-of-the-line models Chevrolet had to offer. It's safe to say that this serves as the roots of the current Silverado's high-end design.
- Since Chevrolet is part of General Motors (GM)-the company that also holds other American makes such as Buick, Cadillac, and GMC-the same platform of the Silverado is also used as the for the GMC Sierra. It has been this way throughout the history of both Chevy and GMC trucks. Despite being almost identical, the Sierra is marketed as the option more luxurious compared to the Silverado.
- Trucks have the stigma of being major polluters and gas guzzlers. As the trend for cars becoming more environmentally friendly increases, Chevy decided to join in on this by making a very bold move on the Silverado. 2004 saw the release of the first GM hybrid vehicle with the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. Though the new truck didn't immediately make a big impact, it was commending to see the company's efforts in the cause.
- The standalone Silverado model has earned multiple awards and recognitions since its beginning in 1998. Car and Driver and Motor Trend gave the truck the Best Pickup Truck and Truck of the Year titles for multiple years. All these are proof the truck's status as one of the best in the market.
- The Chevrolet Silverado is so tough and dependable that a modified version of it is being used for military applications. The Milverado has been in the ranks of both the Canadian and American army since 2001. It's a huge feat considering the Silverado beat rival trucks from Dodge, Hummer, and Ford.
- One of the heroes of stock-car racing was the legendary Dale Earnhardt who rode his ever-reliable Chevrolet Impala. To honor his life and commemorate his death, a limited edition Silverado Intimidator SS was released for the 2006 model year. It was a two-wheel rear drive truck that resembled the classic SS. A little over a thousand units of the truck was sold, and part of the proceeds was pledged to the Dale Earnhardt Foundation.