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MOTOR TREND MAGAZINE CHOOSES SILVERADO HD AS 2011 TRUCK OF THE YEAR
FORD AND FORD FANS ASK...WHAT HAPPENED..WE BEAT YOU ON PAPER, RIGHT?


GM CEO Dan Akerson being presented Motor Trend's 2011 Truck of the Year award​

Motor Trend Magazine has made some great and some controversial picks over the years for the coveted Car and Truck of the Year awards. We saw Ford and the Fusion line-up take the award in 2010, and for 2011...the Chevrolet Volt won the calipers because it was a "game-changer" and a "Moonshot". Now...as for trucks, last year we saw the new Ram take top honors, one that didn't sit well with Ford fans as the Super Duty was redesigned and dramatically improved. This year, Ford fans are still going, what happened? Motor Trend has chosen the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD as their new Truck of the Year.

Here's what Motor Trend had to say in support of their decision.

GM also attended to the engine bay. New regulations required a reduction in diesel emissions, so GM integrated a selective catalytic reduction aftertreatment system, which squirts a urea/distilled water mix into the exhaust. The chemical reactions that occur there reduce NOx emissions by 63 percent over those of the 2010 Duramax (yes, doubters, the big, honkin' diesel is green!). GM also increased the 6.6-liter's horsepower to 397 and torque to 765, up by 32 and 105, respectively. Chevrolet essentially left its 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 alone, with its 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

However, the heavy-duty market is fiercely competitive, and even though the Silverado HD's diesel horsepower and torque numbers initially beat those of the new Ford Super Duty -- at 390 horses and 735 pound-feet -- just after GM released its power numbers, Ford responded with a software upgrade that brought its Power Stroke's output to a nice, even 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet. And Ford now has best-in-class towing capacity. On paper, that decision made it look as if the Ford would be crowned king of the segment. We could pack up our gear and go home, right?

Wrong. Despite the horsepower and torque advantages the Power Stroke has over the Duramax, both Fords weighed significantly more than the Silverados (the diesel weighed nearly 800 pounds more). That helped put the weight-to-power ratio in the Chevys' favor in every case. It also explained why the diesel Silverado was fastest at the track to 60 mph (loaded with payload or unloaded) and had the best passing power. The gas-powered Ford was quicker to 60 mph and through the quarter mile with a 7000-pound trailer in tow, but the Chevrolets dominated otherwise. And the entire crew universally preferred the shifting smoothness of the Allison (diesel) and Hydra-Matic (gas) transmissions over the Fords' six-speeds. Also, despite the deceptively mushy feel of the brake pedal, the shortest stop from 60 mph in this test was the Silverado 3500HD.

If there is a weak aspect of the Chevrolet, it's in the cabin. Depending on the judge, the interior styling was described as bland, plain, or subtle. The center stack and gauge cluster use outdated green instrument lighting and controls that have been around for at least a decade.

This is in sharp contrast to the terrific new driver information center in the Super Duty and the high-lux, high-quality, bordering-on-gaudy interior of the King Ranch. That knock aside, the Silverados' cabins are quiet, comfortable, and attractive. The controls are easy to use and in quick reach of the driver's hands. We expect the interior to receive an update within the next couple years as the market improves.

The Silverado HD proves that numbers on paper don't always tell the whole story. The Chevrolet is highly capable, and feels better than the Fords while performing tough tasks.

It is faster than the Super Duty whether gas- or diesel-powered. It provides a nicer ride, better handling, better on-road feel, and better observed fuel economy -- all at as-tested prices that were lower than the Fords' by as much as $13,000. The trucks in this category may be expensive, but the Chevrolet heavy-duty line offers a value that's tough to ignore. No wonder it's this year's Truck of the Year.

Read More at Motor Trend.com
So...with that...I've made up my opinion...but I want to keep it to myself. Do you think Motor Trend made the right call? Do you agree with their choice, or do you think it should have gone to Ford...or to the GMC and not the Chevy?

Leave your two-cents here!

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They made the right call... Performance and towing wise, the GM Hd's are the best trucks on the market... If we are going to award a truck for what they do best and what they are supposed to be for, no other truck should have won but the GM HD's...

Little suprised the Sierra Denali didnt win....

anyway congrats to GM, these new trucks rock!
 

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I think with this years low count on new vehcles they should have at least let the new F-150 in.
F-150 with the new engines will not qualify for the Motor Trend Truck of the Year comparisons until next year. All the trucks the magazine compared, were already available and on the market for consumers to buy...the 2011 F-150, hasn't even reached dealer lots yet.

As for the criteria that these trucks were judged on, here's an actual video from Motor Trend that explains the six areas the trucks were judged on and how they fared.

This Video Stacks The Competitors and The Criteria

This Video Explains Why Motor Trend Chose The Silverado HD

You can read the entire article as well of the contenders for TOTY right here at Motor Trend.
 

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These are stupid tests. I bet the Chevy will out perform any Mack truck on these tests and be smoother over bumps. Does that means it's a better TRUCK. Hells no.
 

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A Win is a win. A Chevy win in no way diminishes Ford' excellence. These Trucks be they the F Series or GMT's are tech marvels. Look at how Japan has tried to compete and failed!! That is where real credit is. If it had not gone to a GMT, it would have gone to an F Series or a Ram, not a Tundra or Titan. That is where the real victory is.
These are stupid tests. I bet the Chevy will out perform any Mack truck on these tests and be smoother over bumps. Does that means it's a better TRUCK. Hells no.
 

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Honestly...we can at least all be thankful for the fact that they didn't pick or even bother testing a Toyota or a Nissan! And if the Ram hadn't have won last year...it would have probably won this year.

Those are my two cents.
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Ehhh. These are the same type of idiot tests. Both the Ford and GM would out pace the Mack up and down the hill, yet the Mack costs double or more. Let's see a test on how well these two hold up over severe punishment. Where the suckers out and see which one breaks first.
 

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If it was a F350, the only true competition for GMT HD series. you would all be all over yourselves with praise if Ford had won.

The fords are excellent and buying one would not be a bad decision, but the new Chevy is better. Most testers agree. What Motor trend is doing is just confirming what we already knew

Chevy made a better truck this year. 2012, who knows...
 

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If it was a F350, the only true competition for GMT HD series. you would all be all over yourselves with praise if Ford had won.

The fords are excellent and buying one would not be a bad decision, but the new Chevy is better. Most testers agree. What Motor trend is doing is just confirming what we already knew

Chevy made a better truck this year. 2012, who knows...
The Dodge HD truck owner disagrees with you.
 

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The best trucks ever built were built in the late 70s and early 80s by General Motors. Nothing coming out of the factories today will ever beat that. Complexity is a killer and today's truck are built with too much of it.
 
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