Approximately 4,000 examples of the 2019 and 2020 model year Chevy Silverado Medium Duty trucks were sitting on U.S. dealer lots as the beginning of January, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with Chevrolet‘s go-to-market plans. About 1,000 of these are 2019 Silverado MD models, while the 2020 Silverado MD accounts for the remaining 3,000. Those figures are in addition to an unspecified number of unsold 2021 Silverado Medium Duty models.
Though it makes up a small percentage of cumulative Silverado sales, the Silverado MD is seeing by far the greatest growth in the Silverado line-up in 2020, with U.S. sales growing 49.5 percent to 7,419 units year-over-year.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q4 2020 - USA
|Model||Q4 2020 / Q4 2019||Q4 2020||Q4 2019||YTD 2020 / YTD 2019||YTD 2020||YTD 2019|
The impressive increase is primarily due to low sales volumes in 2019, during which time the Medium Duty model was undergoing launch. As a result, sales volumes were naturally low due to sub-optimal availability.
7,419 units is also less than half the number of Silverado MD models taking up space on dealer lots. Unlike other Chevrolet models such as the Chevy Trailblazer crossover, of which GM can hardly build enough, the Silverado MD does not have a problem of demand exceeding supply.
The Silverado MD was introduced in late 2018 for the 2019 model year, and is available in 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD forms. Customers have a choice of Regular or Crew cabs both featuring dual rear wheels, and either the Work Truck (1WT) or LT (1LT) trim levels. All models come in the chassis cab configuration (without a bed).
The only engine available for the Medium Duty as of this writing is the 6.6L V8 L5D turbodiesel Duramax unit, which is rated at 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. The truck is not mechanically related to other Chevy Silverado models, since it rides on a unique platform developed jointly by General Motors and Navistar.
Sales Results - Q4 2020 - USA - Chevrolet
|MODEL||Q4 2020 / Q4 2019||Q4 2020||Q4 2019||YTD 2020 / YTD 2019||YTD 2020||YTD 2019|
|LOW CAB FORWARD||-10.21%||1,143||1,273||+3.16%||4,637||4,495|
The combined sales of the LD, MD and HD make the Silverado the best-selling General Motors vehicle in the United States. The 594,094 units sold in 2020 accounted for 34 percent of Chevrolet sales and 23 percent of all GM sales. Furthermore, the Silverado and its GMC Sierra corporate cousin together outsold GM’s primary rival in the segment, the Ford F-Series, during the 2020 calendar year.