GM Shows Off Upcoming Chevy Montana’s Virtual Development6
In addition to revealing a new teaser image of the next-generation Chevy Montana, General Motors has also shared some details from the virtual development phase of Chevrolet‘s upcoming compact pickup.
The automaker presented a new episode of the web series dedicated to the next-generation Chevy Montana’s final development stage in Brazil, during which it shared how computer design and simulation tools allowed the vehicle’s characteristics to be optimized during its development. In fact, GM Brazil claims that supercomputers and artificial intelligence are accelerating the new Montana’s arrival.
“Virtual development allows to cut the gestation time of a vehicle almost in half, while still adding gains in quality, safety and efficiency,” said Virtual Simulations Specialist of GM South America, Suzimara Ducatti, in a statement. “Even before producing the first physical prototypes of the vehicle, we had already simulated more than 15 million kilometers driven and more than 15,000 multidisciplinary tests with the help of these tools,” she added.
During the virtual development of the next-generation Chevy Montana, GM South America used the automotive industry’s largest Data Processing Center in the region, with an area equivalent to 20 soccer fields within the GM Cruz Alta Proving Ground. Every part, every system, and then the entire upcoming Montana as a whole, was virtually worked on to ensure the highest degree of optimization, whether it be performance or weight.
In addition, computer development tools also optimized the total engineering costs of the next-generation Chevy Montana, allowing more class-leading technology and safety to be added without raising the final retail price. All these advantages of virtual development will bring the new Montana to market with outstanding features that will position it as one of the most advanced vehicles in its class.
The next-generation Chevy Montana will make its world debut early next year in Brazil, where the third-generation model will be manufactured and begin its commercial journey like each of the previous Montanas. However, as Chevy’s first compact truck, the upcoming Montana is also expected to launch in other markets and broaden its international reach.
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It is NOT Chevy’s first compact truck……you been living under a rock……
Made in Brazil, sold out side USA markets, no interest to me! When sold in and manufactured in USA keep me updated!
Here is but another example of GM’s inability to “read the marketplace” effectively and to produce what the populace would actually like to drive. With GM it’s “you’ll like what we build for you and your opinions don’t count”…once again, GM is NOT competing with it’s American arch rival, Ford Motor Company. Ford already has a compact truck that is very popular, and it’s the Ford Maverick small light duty truck that has come to the American market first and of course GM has nothing to compete with it…same with the Mustang Mach E (yeah I know, GM’s close to building something someday soon, yadda, yadda, yadda) and competition with the Ford Lightening EV Truck (yep, I know, something is on the way to compete with this truck, but it ain’t here yet, is it?) and the list goes goes on and on.
So now we get to see “something made for South America from good old GM” that we folks here in America might just love to own because we’d like the usefulness of a small truck and don’t want or need something that’ll pull ten thousand pounds of crap off road through all kinds of weather at a cost of 60 to 70 thousand dollars!
Years ago, I had a Chevy LUV truck…not an exceptional truck but a decent and reliable truck and it got the job done, it got decent mileage and didn’t cost a King’s ransom. Then I went and bought the “new” Chevy S-10 truck, it was a tiny bit better in size and room than the LUV truck, but the small 2.8 liter V6 was underpowered, but the size was just right.
Chevy actually did a great job of adding the 4.3 liter V6 to the truck S-10 line and …once again I was “sold” on it and I bought one of those, still “just the right size and price”….but that wasn’t to last, GM at some point in time decided that it needed to “go bigger and go ugly”, adding a pathetic, unreliable 4 and 5 cylinder engine in what was perhaps the most ugly light duty small truck I’ve ever seen…big mistake buying one of those “POS”, and now I long for something similar to my LUV truck (it was the Mikado Trim model, pretty nice I must say, back in the day) or early S-10 in size and maybe even a small SUV or truck (yeah with four doors even) that once again would fulfill my needs. And this looks to be the answer to what I personally would be happy to purchase…but oh hell no, ain’t no way GM could ever do something so popular, so much needed, so nicely packaged and hopefully so decently priced AND made in the USA! No that would be way, way too complicated and not cost effective, GM would rather shove a 40 to 50 grand mid sized new truck and a 60 to 70 grand LARGE light duty truck up our rears expecting everyone in the USA to ante up and pay the price for something they really don’t need, bypassing what would surely be a popular (although maybe not as cost effective) small light duty truck for the masses. GM never ceases to amaze me, how they’ve managed to stay in business all these years has to be the “8th Wonder of the Business World”! Maybe one day GM will see the error of it’s ways, but I sincerely doubt it, sheesh!
PS…if I need a truck nowadays, I simply rent it, use it for the day and return it when I’m done using it. I don’t think that’s what GM had in mind, it would rather sell you a new truck, but…you ain’t got what I want or need GM. Someday maybe?
If it absolutely must be a 4-door, please make the cab portion as short as possible so it doesn’t look goofy like the new 4-door Jeep pickup.
1988 Sportside Silverado best truck I ever had. two door shortbox please!!!