General Motors portrayed a peachy scenario for its full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickup during its second-quarter earnings call. And CEO Mary Barra said the first 2019 Silverado 1500 models will begin shipping out this month.
Specifically, Barra said the automaker expects “high-contented” crew cab models to ship out in August. GM builds the Silverado crew-cab models, which feature four doors and two rows of seats, in Mexico and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Crew-cab pickups have also become the most popular and profitable variants for automakers in recent years.
According to sales data, 60 percent of GM truck sales are crew-cab models, up from 50 percent in 2013. GM said earlier this year it plans to boost production of crew-cab pickups to capitalize on consumer preferences.
Expect the first pickups arriving this month to be fully-loaded trucks with either the 5.3-liter V8 or 6.2-liter V8 engines with Dynamic Fuel Management. Later this year, production of regular- and double-cab models will begin and GM will begin producing the new 2.7-liter turbocharged L3B four-cylinder truck engine. The engine will become the pickup’s volume powertrain and replace the 4.3-liter V6 engine.