2019 Silverado Medium Duty Trucks Revealed!

Feast your eyes on the  2019 Silverado Medium Duty Trucks – the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, Silverado 5500HD, and Silverado 6500HD. Unveiled today at the NTEA The Work Truck Show, the three commercial trucks slot in the chassis cab Class 4, 5, and 6 medium duty conventional cab segments, respectively and represent GVWRs (Gross Vehicle Weight rating) from 15,000 for the Class 4 truck and 22,900 pounds for the Class 6 truck.

The new Silverado Medium Duty line slots above the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD which, despite having Heavy Duty in their name, slot in the light duty category GVWR and associated capability. Notably, the Silverado Medium Duty also serve as the spiritual successor to the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick that were discontinued in 2009. Since then, Chevrolet hasn’t offered a medium-duty chassis cab truck.

Chevrolet says that the new Silverado Medium Duty trucks are supremely capable, while also being the most customer-focused trucks of any major competitor.

“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”

Customer-Focused Development

The three Silverado Medium Duty trucks will be available exclusively as chassis cab models – meaning that they will ship without a bed, thereby being ready for up-fitters to customize as per customers’ requirements. Chevrolet says that the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks were developed with input from fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians, and Chevrolet dealers.

“It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet. “These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”

For instance, in order to reduce cost and complexity of upfits – such as frames that rust as well as rivets, brackets and fluid lines that interfere with body mounting, the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty feature a factory-painted frame with one-piece frame rails as well as smooth, unobstructed top sections and through-the-frame fuel fill lines. To accommodate longer cargo boxes without extensions and reinforcements, the Silverado Medium Duty will be available in seven cab-to-axle (CA) options ranging from 60 to 162 inches in length, as well as five unique axle-to-back-of-frame (AF) lengths in 8-inch increments.

In order to remove service obstacles that force technicians to use ladders or remove vehicle components to access under-hood components for maintenance and repair, the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD uses a lightweight, front-hinged “clamshell” hood that, when combined with a 50-degree wheel cut, allows easy “walk up” access to under-hood components. To address the common dissatisfier of conventional medium duty trucks in that they are difficult to drive, with a poor downward perspective for the driver as well as poor low-speed maneuverability due to narrow wheel cuts, and wide turning radiuses, the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks feature 50-degree wheel cuts and a precisely-crafted and contoured hood that optimizes the driver’s perspective of the road.

Noise, vibration and harshness issues are also common in this segment. So much so that many owners and operators resort to retrofitting aftermarket air suspensions to improve the ride, while having to live with loud and uncomfortable cabins. The new Silverado Medium Duty addresses this with an available, factory-installed rear air suspension that’s not offered by Ford and Ram. What’s more, the Silverado Medium Duty also offers triple-sealed, inset doors to help reduce wind and road noise while using huck bolts throughout the frame for superior clamping force.

Lastly, many Medium Duty suffer from poor diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank placement, which can lead to refueling errors. In the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, the DEF tank is located on the passenger side of the truck, which is the opposite side of the fuel fill. The placement seeks to minimize putting diesel fuel in the DEF tank, and vice-versa.

Chevrolet developed the Silverado Medium Duty in conjunction with Navistar, which will sell its own version of this truck under the International Trucks brand.


The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will be powered by a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine making 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque mated to a choice of Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO option). We have confirmed with Chevy that the Duramax engine is a variant of the Duramax L5P called L5D.

The trucks will be available in 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.

“When you consider all of the flexibility, capability and durability we have engineered into the Silverado, along with the proven power of Allison transmissions and the Duramax diesel engine, we have a medium duty truck line that will appeal to both Chevrolet loyalists and competitive owners alike,” said Schwegman.


Chevrolet has labeled the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty as “the most-connected Medium Duty Truck”. That’s for good measure, since the trucks will be the most connected commercial truck available – thanks to options that include OnStar and Commercial Link, a built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot (which requires a paid data plan), as well as wireless cellphone charging and Bluetooth.

The trucks also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Production & Ordering

Production of the new 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks begin in late 2018 and order guides will be available this spring. Pricing will be announced in the summer of 2018.

Source: GM Authority

3 Great Things About the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500

There are a number of great features on the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 that you may be interested in. Here at Edwards Garage our friendly and knowledgeable staff can do more than just tell you about this truck, we can show you in person. Continue reading to learn more about what we think you show know about this truck.

Amazing Lighting

The designers at GMC know you need to be able to see where you’re going. That’s why the designed the new Sierra to have the best lighting available. This not only includes GMC’s traditional C shaped LED headlights, but thin profile LED fog lights, and an option for LED tail lights. Lighting is also available for the cargo box.

Bed Design

The pickup bed in the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is comprised of high-strength steel to help ensure that it can handle tough cargo. A spray on bed liner is available for additional protection, and eight tie-down hooks can help keep your cargo in place. The four upper hooks are even movable allowing you to choose the most secure position. The corner step on the rear bumper comes standard on all Sierra models and allows for easier access to the truck bed.

Designed for Trailer Towing

Like most GMC trucks the Sierra 1500 is designed to tow and haul your cargo around easily. The Sierra comes with an optional trailering package which includes 4-pin and 7-pin connectors as well as a 2″ receiver hitch among other great features. The truck also has a camera system designed to work with a trailer, trailer sway controls, and a trailer brake control. 


If you like what you’ve read about the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 feel free to come on down to the dealership to see it yourself. Our knowledgeable staff can give you more information, and even get you set up with a test drive of this great vehicle.

3 Safety Features of the New Buick Enclave

If you are planning to buy a new car large enough to accommodate your entire family, then safety may be a top priority for you as you shop. Technology has allowed car companies to add a variety of new safety features to their vehicles, and one that may interest you is the 2018 Buick Enclave. If you are curious about these new additions, we at Edwards Garage are here to give you a brief tour and help you understand how they might help keep you and your family safe while on the road.  


  1. Surround Vision  


Most late-model SUVs come with rear-facing cameras so you can back up safely. However, the new Enclave takes this safety feature one step further by offering cameras at all angles so you can back up, turn and pull into tight spaces with ease and safety. Because the cameras offer a 360-degree view of your environment, you can spot obstacles right away. A wider rear-facing camera view gives you a broader view as you back up, which may reduce the risk of striking objects or other cars while reversing.  


  1. Low-Speed Auto Braking  


The 2018 Buick Enclave comes with available low-speed automatic braking, which may prevent rear-end collisions in case you become distracted. Whether you are moving through a crosswalk or driving in city traffic, this safety feature brakes for you, stopping the vehicle’s forward motion. While keeping your eyes on the road is always important, low-speed auto braking might help prevent an accident in a situation where your attention might shift away from it.  


  1. On-Board Roadside Assistance  


You can drive with confidence with available on-board roadside assistance calling. This feature allows you to reach help right away, whether you have a flat tire or are involved in an accident. Being able to call for assistance, day or night, can offer you an added measure of protection when driving with your children.  


Safety can be a top factor when buying a family car. From auto braking to multiple camera views, the Buick Enclave offers safety features that might be perfectly suited to your family’s driving needs.  

Winter Driving Tips Maintenance Special Safetly

Tips For Winter Driving

Winter driving can be a daunting task, especially when conditions are snowy or icy.  If road conditions are dangerous, consider making other travel arrangements or postponing your trip until conditions improve.

Follow these steps to keep yourself safe and collision free during the next few blustery winter months.

Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.
  • Winter tires are a good option, as they will provide greater traction under snowy or icy conditions.
  • Keep a snow brush/scraper in your car, along with possible emergency items such as a lightweight shovel, battery jumper cables, and a flashlight.
  • Make sure that mirrors, all windows, and the top of your vehicle, are free of snow or frost before getting onto the road.
Step 2: Drive smoothly and slowly.
  • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.
  • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.
Step 3: Don’t tailgate.
  • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Step 4: Brake before making turns.
  • Brake slowly to reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the corner you can accelerate again.
Step 5: Learn how to control skids.
  • When skidding, you actually need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid and accelerate. Doing so transfers your vehicle’s weight from the front to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.
Step 6: Lights On.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Step 7: No Cruise Control.
  • Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle. Many new vehicles have resolved this problem, shutting off cruise control when traction control kicks in. Nevertheless, if you’re not sure it’s better not to risk it.
Step 8: Don’t “pump” the brakes.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes. Apply constant pressure and let the system do its work.
Step 9: Pay attention.
  • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.

Source: Canada Safety Council


In 1918, Chevrolet introduced the One-Ton truck, a century later, the 2018 model year marks 100 years of truck sales for the company. Over 85 million trucks have been sold since the first One-Ton and to mark the anniversary, Chevrolet is holding a 100-day Centennial Celebration.
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“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Advertising and Marketing director. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.”

Chevrolet began the Centennial Celebration at the State Fair of Texas where they announced the many ways the company is commemorating the occasion. Chevy Trucks2

First is the introduction of Centennial Editions of the Silverado and Colorado. Silverado models will be based on LTZ Z71 trim in crew cab form, and add: front and rear heritage bowtie emblems, 100 year door badge, spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblem, accessory floor liners with heritage bowtie emblems, centennial blue exterior paint, 22” painted wheels with chrome inserts with all-terrain tires, chrome tow hooks, and chrome bowtie on steering wheel. Chevy Trucks3

Colorado models will also be based on Z71 trim, but be available in crew cab or extended cab versions, and add: front and rear heritage bowtie emblems, 100 year door badge, spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblem, accessory floor liners with heritage bowtie emblems, centennial blue exterior paint, body-color rear bumper and front grille surround, LT Optional 18” wheels with monochromatic cap, chrome tow hooks, belt moulding, mirror caps and door handles. Chevy Trucks4

Second, Chevrolet will roll our its Truck Legends program nationally. The program recognizes customers who own a Chevy Truck with over 100,000 miles or who have owned more than one Chevy Truck. The program gives customers access to a members-only online community, Truck Legends merchandise and experiences through Chevrolet partnerships (including concert tickets, MLB events and sneak peaks of new Chevrolet models).

Third, Chevrolet will be be selling special merchandise with the heritage bowtie emblem. Finally, a Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration was held on December 16, 2017.

Original Post – Fleet Business


3 Features That Make the 2018 Impala a Commuter’s Dream

The comfort and convenience of a car can make your commute either a dream or a nightmare. If you’re looking to trade in your present car on a new model that will make your drive to and from work fun and simple, then you might want to consider the 2018 Chevrolet Impala. This car has a variety of features that are built around comfort, and at Edwards Garage, we can show you why it might be the perfect choice for you as a commuter.  


  1. Room for the Whole Carpool  


If you run the company carpool, then the new Chevy Impala could be a fine choice for you because of its comfortable interior. There’s room for five adults, which means plenty of space for everyone on your route. Roomy, padded seats and adjustable headrests provide everyone with comfort for the drive.  


  1. Built-In Wi-Fi  


There’s only one thing that’s better than being able to access all your social media and streaming music in your car, and that’s doing it without using any of your mobile data. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala features available 4G LTE Wi-Fi that allows anyone in the car to connect. Imagine your passengers whiling away the miles on social media or watching their favorite show on a streaming service. While this feature does require a subscription, making your carpool pals happy on a Monday morning may just be worth it.  


  1. Connections for Any Software  


Being able to integrate your phone while driving is a perk that allows you to control how you receive and answer calls and texts and how you listen to downloaded music. However, when your choice of phone isn’t compatible, this can present a problem. The new Impala’s on-board integration system allows you to use Apple or Android phones, so you can switch between the two when you need to.  


The 2018 Chevrolet Impala can make your daily commute a dream. We at Edwards Garage hope to see you for a test drive soon!  

Why You Should Make a SUV Your Next Vehicle

You’ve got plenty of options when you’re ready for a new car, but maybe it’s time for you to consider an SUV as your next vehicle. The 2018 Buick Enclave makes for a great choice, but we’ve got even more here at Edwards Garage. If you’ve never envisioned yourself behind the wheel of an SUV, here are a few reasons that might help you to change your mind.


Overall Safety


If you’re like most drivers, one of your top concerns while you’re on the road is overall safety. SUVs are some of the safest vehicles on the road today, and for good reason. These vehicles are heavier and larger, and while you might be concerned about experiencing a rollover in an SUV, know that manufacturers are taking steps to reduce the risk of such incidents happening.


General Utility


SUVs are great if you have equipment or items to tow. When you don’t need all that pulling power, you can put the abundant interior room to good use for yourself and any passengers who’ll be enjoying your SUV with you.


Plenty of Room for Cargo


Maybe you have more to carry than you do to tow. If so, know that SUVs have plenty of room inside for groceries, luggage, furniture and whatever else you need to lug around with you. What’s even greater about SUVs is all that cargo space is taller, which can be essential with some pieces.




Who doesn’t like taking the road less travelled every now and then? When you get the itch, your SUV is easily able to traverse unpaved dirt roads with ease. Sometimes, you don’t know where the road will take you, but it’s great to know your vehicle can easily handle a variety of conditions and terrain.


If you still aren’t convinced what an SUV can do for you, we’d love to show you. Come see us at Edwards Garage to schedule a test drive.

The 2018 GMC Yukon Is a Stylish, Comfortable and Safe Full-Size SUV

If you’re looking for a new SUV that gets your family from A to B safely, check out the 2018 GMC Yukon at Edwards Garage. The 2018 Yukon is a stylish, bold and powerful full-size SUV that doesn’t cut corners in regard to technology and safety. But who says that this sophisticated and elegant vehicle is only for families? It’s for everyone who desires luxury, comfort, safety and space.


Technology Features


The 2018 Yukon allows you to stay connected while on the road with built-in 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and GMC infotainment system. What’s more convenient than taking the internet with you? Being able to make hands-free phone calls, send and receive text messages and directions, listen to music and having access to many applications via GMC’s infotainment system. This system is fully-loaded with options for navigation, Bluetooth, smartphone-integration and alerts. Furthermore, it allows you to download applications and it features multiple USB-ports and an auxiliary jack input. A Bose 9-speaker sound system makes listening to music even more fun. The MyGMC mobile app lets you control the Yukon’s features from your smartphone, such as locking your vehicle or checking your air pressure. It also comes with keyless start, rain-sensing wiper blades, rear-vision camera and a driver information display. The Yukon also offers a hands-free power programmable liftgate that can be controlled with a button.


Safety Features


Keep your passengers safe with GMC’s Rear Seat Reminder that alerts you when a second-row door is opened while driving. Other notable features are GMC’s Safety Alert Seat, OnStar, various driver safety technologies and an enhanced security package. The 2018 Yukon keeps you safe with multiple airbags and a reinforced-steel safety cage. Its Teen Driver mode allows you to limit certain features before your teen kids get behind the steering wheel and it lets you access information about their driving behavior so you may help them become better drivers. The options for voice control that we discussed earlier make it a safe vehicle for everyone.


The 2018 GMC Yukon has a lot to offer. Be sure to check out this incredibly stylish, comfortable and safe full-size SUV at Edwards Garage.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

If you’re looking for a durable truck that can haul big loads and work as hard as you do, then you don’t have to look any further than the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Available at your local Edwards Garage dealership, this truck is built tough and built for work. Here are a few of the great features you may want to know about.


Real-World Towing Power


These durable trucks have been put through real-world towing tests to ensure that you’re getting the reliable and long lasting towing power you’re looking for. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is no different. With the ability to handle large loads these trucks still maintain the maneuverability you need. You can accelerate when you want to and break when you need to, and they’ve designed the new Silverado to have better handling when you’re working with a truck and trailer combination. This means you can tow with confidence.
Working for You


With the new patented hood scoop filtration design you can feel certain that your engine is getting the airflow it needs to maintain the power and torque you need to keep working. Even in rough conditions such as trailing up a steep grade. This means that with it’s best in class 445HP and 910 lb.-ft torque you can keep going all day long if you so choose. If you don’t need quite so much pulling power you can also choose the standard Vortec™ 6.0L V8 gasoline engine instead of the Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. Both are designed to give you the great trailering control you’ve come to expect from a Silverado.


This great truck has been designed with your real-world towing needs in mind, and to keep working for you fulfilling your towing needs. The engineers have designed and real-world tested this truck to ensure quality. Check out the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD at your local Edwards Garage dealership today.

The Chevy Impala: Comfort and Style in One Package


The 2017 Chevrolet Impala is a great family car that provides a comfortable ride at a convenient price while still allowing you to enjoy a sporty look. The back seat of this full-size sedan comfortably fits two car seats as well as a third child.


The front, fully adjustable bucket seats makes it possible to ride for hours at a time without discomfort. The leg room is ample and there is plenty of room for tall, long-legged passengers. For comfort, the Impala comes standard with air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, and power seat adjustment.


The Impala now has 10 airbags in the front and back, keeping the driver and all passengers safe in the event of a collision. It also comes with a list of incredible safety features including Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warnings. All of these features help prevent a collision caused by distracted driving or not seeing a car due to a blind spot.


Some optional features include a sunroof, MyLink audio streaming, wireless smartphone charging, backup camera, OnStar, and a built-in hotspot. Saying the 2017 Impala is connected may be an understatement.


There is an option between a four-cylinder or a V6 engine. Both handle well on the road, although the V6 climbs hills a little better than the four cylinder. The fuel-efficient, four-cylinder engine averages around 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the V6 averages 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.


Edwards Garage would be happy to show you a 2017 Chevrolet Impala and let you give it a test drive. We are impressed by the smooth, comfortable ride and think you will be too.