When it comes to service trucks in the construction business, it’s all about “getting the job done” at General Motors. And this year, GM has a new lineup of full-size pickups, hardworking vans, chassis cabs and cutaways, and medium-duty models for contractors to choose from.
Cost savings for GM’s commercial truck customers come in the form of specialized programs like OnStar’s Business Vehicle Manager to help manage a fleet; GM FleetTrac to provide efficient service to get drivers back on the road as quickly as possible; and longer service intervals through GM’s Oil Life Monitoring System, which tells drivers when to change the vehicle’s oil.
GM technology is also providing advancements in air bags and StabiliTrak; better fuel efficiency through truck hybrid engines and active fuel management; and FlexFuel vehicles that can run on E85 ethanol or gasoline.
Moreover, GM General Manager Brian McVeigh says GM’s fleet account executives would work with larger fleet accounts since GM’s Fleet Service Contact Group personnel are dedicated to resolving all vehicle service issues “quickly and efficiently.”
Alternative FuelsThis year, GM is offering customers alternative fuel options, including E85 ethanol, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. It is renewable fuel made mostly from U.S.-grown corn, McVeigh explains. Because it helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, E85 ethanol is a new energy resource. GM is building 400,000 new FlexFuel vehicles a year, which can run on E85 ethanol or gasoline.
Gasoline-powered engines and transmissions are continuing to be further refined to improve fuel economy and performance, and reduce exhaust emissions. Powertrain technologies available by GM include cam phasing, port deactivation, direct injection, diesel particulate filters and six-speed automatic transmissions.
Also, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups with the new Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 comply with regulations that require the reduction of nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons by more than 50 percent and particulate matter by 90 percent. New technology and the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel are combined with the new engine to deliver the power and torque demanded by commercial customers.
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