5-Star Safety Rating Awarded to GM Trucks

Detroit Free Press

For the first time any pick­up truck has been award­ed a NHTSA 5-star rat­ing gov­ern­ment safe­ty rat­ing, Gen­er­al Motors Co. picks up two of them shar­ing the same plat­form and com­po­nents.

Dig deep­er to find out which GM trucks scored big in safe­ty rat­ings.

The Detroit Three’s pick­up truck bat­tle inten­si­fied as Gen­er­al Motors parad­ed its fresh­ly mint­ed five-star gov­ern­ment safe­ty rat­ing for the redesigned 2014 Chevro­let Sil­ver­a­do and GMC Sier­ra.

The vehi­cles, which share the same plat­form and com­po­nents, earned the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Administration’s five-star Over­all Vehi­cle Score for safe­ty.

The rat­ing, the high­est pos­si­ble score, marks the first time any pick­ups have achieved that feat since the reg­u­la­to­ry group updat­ed its New Car Assess­ment Pro­gram for the 2011 mod­el year. The Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 pick­ups both received four star rat­ings.

The rat­ing, which also applies to the pre­mi­um Sil­ver­a­do High Coun­try and Sier­ra Denali mod­els, gives GM brag­ging rights in a pick­up truck bat­tle that is heat­ing up as cus­tomers flock to the show­room.

“Safe­ty is as impor­tant to truck buy­ers as it is to car buy­ers,” said Gay Kent, GM gen­er­al direc­tor of vehi­cle safe­ty and crash­wor­thi­ness, in a state­ment. “Sil­ver­a­do and Sier­ra set a bench­mark for pick­up truck safe­ty by offer­ing a full array of advanced fea­tures designed to pro­tect occu­pants before, dur­ing and after a col­li­sion.”

The pick­ups use high-strength steel, ful­ly boxed frames and tech­nol­o­gy such as lane depar­ture warn­ing, for­ward col­li­sion alert and rear vision cam­eras to keep dri­vers safe.

GM redesigned its full-size pick­ups for the first time in sev­en years, giv­ing the Detroit-based automak­er fresh fire­pow­er in a fierce com­pe­ti­tion with Ford, Chrysler and Toy­ota.





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