First 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickups headed to dealers

First 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD headed to Strawberry Point, Iowa

The first 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD pickups are going to make their way out of the Flint Assembly Plant this week, where production began on Monday. The first units are headed to Strawberry Point, Iowa, and Sumner, Washington.

“Members of UAW Local 598 put the finishing touches on the first truck, a red, regular cab Silverado HD,” General Motors said in a statement. “It is headed to Rodas Chevrolet in Strawberry Point, Iowa, a town that has a population of 1,400 and boasts the world”s largest (artificial) strawberry.”

“We”re in a rural community out here. Ninety percent of buyers are pulling a trailer of some kind,” said Dan Paris, co-owner and general manager of Rodas Chevrolet. “We have guys that are definitely watching this one coming. I don”t think it”s going to take very long” to sell the first truck. “We kind of had some buyers in mind when we ordered them.”

The second Silverado, a red crew cab, is making its way to Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner, Washington, which has a population of 8,500 and is a blue-collar and farming town.

Refresher: Engine choices for the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2011 GMC Sierra HD include a Vortec 6.0L gasoline V8 making 360-hp and 380 lb-ft of torque and the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 making 397-hp and 765 lb-ft of torque. The 6.0L gasoline V8 is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission, while the 6.6L Duramax diesel is mated to a new Allison 1000 6-speed automatic. Both pickups have a towing and payload ratings to 21,700 pounds of towing and 6,635 pounds of payload.

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– By: Kap Shah