In late January of this year, GM Authority exclusively reported that around 4,000 cumulative units of the 2019 and 2020 model year Chevy Silverado Medium Duty trucks were sitting unsold on dealer lots. We can now provide an update on the situation, providing inventory figures as of the beginning of March.
|2019 Silverado MD||2020 Silverado MD|
|December 2020 / January 2021||1000||3000|
Approximately 100 units of the 2019 Chevy Silverado MD and 500 units of the 2020 Chevy Silverado MD trucks have now found customers, reducing the total amount in dealer inventory to around 3,400. Although this is certainly an improvement, it suggests that GM does not have a problem with demand of the Silverado MD exceeding supply. This is in stark contrast with the Chevy Trailblazer, which GM can hardly build enough of.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q4 2020 - USA
|Model||Q4 2020 / Q4 2019||Q4 2020||Q4 2019||YTD 2020 / YTD 2019||YTD 2020||YTD 2019|
Total Chevy Silverado sales in the U.S. in 2020 reached 594,094 units, making this by far GM’s most popular nameplate, accounting for 34 percent of Chevrolet sales and 23 percent of GM sales. Of those 594,094 Silverado sales, Silverado Medium models (4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD) accounted for 7,419 sales, or 1.2 percent.
However, MD sales were up by a remarkable 49.5 percent for the year as a whole, and 35.6 percent for Q4. This is primarily due to low sales volumes in 2019, when the Medium Duty was undergoing launch.
The Chevy Silverado MD is offered in 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, at least from the factory).
As of this writing, the only engine available for the Silverado Medium Duty is the 6.6L V8 L5D turbodiesel Duramax unit, which is rated at 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. A gasoline engine is expected to join the lineup in the near future.
Despite being called a Silverado, the Medium Duty trucks are not mechanically related to other Chevy Silverado models. Instead, they ride on a unique platform developed jointly by General Motors and Navistar, while using the cabs of the last-gen (K2-generation) Silverado HD.