The History of the Chevy Silverado

Chevy Silverado 1999

Over the course of their 100 year history, Chevrolet has produced some of the toughest trucks on the road, bringing home countless awards and earning a few die hard Chevy Truck fans along the way. One of the most loved Chevy trucks is the Silverado with its high trim levels, great interiors, and the ability to get the job done time after time.

Before the Silverado was given its own truck line, it was actually a higher trim level designation on the Chevy C/K pickup trucks from 1975 until 1999. Nothing said luxury quite like a Chevy C/K Silverado truck!

The Chevy Silverado made its industry debut in 1998 replacing the C/K series of trucks that had risen to immense popularity. The Silverado gained popularity in its own right being named Motor Trend Truck of the Year its very first year in production. Chevy customers and truck enthusiasts fell in love with the Silverado’s handling, smooth ride, quiet engine and upgraded interiors. The ’99 Silverado was also a versatile truck able to handle tough days on the work site or easy commutes around town as an everyday vehicle.

Since 1999, the main components of the Chevy Silverado have been consistent, only making changes to meet customer demand like the addition of the Silverado Heavy Duty trucks (2001), the Silverado Super Sport (2003) and the Silverado Hybrid (2005). The HD line of Silverado boasts greater horsepower and torque for increased towing capability over the standard Silverado, making it a favorite among loyal Chevy owners with large cargo.

The newest generation of Silverado has all of the latest technologies to take your ownership to the next level. Technology like hands-free Bluetooth, USB ports, On-Star, Bose sound systems and Chevrolet’s My Link will be available on most models. Chevrolet’s My Link, a touchscreen multimedia interface system, is an important piece of the newest Silverado that helps sync all of your gadgets to run seamlessly in your truck. Beyond the interior features, the Silverado’s frame is made from high strength steel with hydroforming technology and the truck’s bed is made of roll-formed steel, instead of stamped, which saves weight and helps gain strength.

Chevy Silverado 2014
Chevy Silverado 2014

From off-roading and towing to driving your family to the movies, the Chevy Silverado has proven to be a great all around truck for every owner that has climbed in the cab. The Silverado is sure to remain a customer favorite year after year. Silverado Awards:

  • 2014: Truck of the Year
  • 2013: Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America
  • 2011: Truck of the Year (Heavy Duty Model)
  • 2007: Truckin’ magazines Truck of the Year
  • 2007: ICOTY International Truck of the Year
  • 2007: Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year
  • 2007: North American Truck of the Year
  • 2001-2003: Car and Driver’s Best Pickup Truck
  • 2001: Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year (Heavy Duty Model)
  • 1999: Motor Trend Truck of the Year

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