General Motors offers some of the safest trucks in the business, and a recent test is a testament to that.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 are the first pickup trucks to receive the five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety. This is the highest attainable score the pickups could have received, and they are first trucks to get five stars since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year.
GM says safety was a top concern when building the trucks.
"Safety is as important to truck buyers as it is to car buyers," said Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. "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."
Some of those features include fully boxed frames, high-strength steel, and systems like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.
GM to host homecoming
The automaker also recently announced that it will be hosting a GM Truck Homecoming in the parking lot of the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., encouraging any GM pickup truck owners to attend the day of fun.
The event is expected to draw nearly 1,500 GM pickup trucks and will celebrate the release of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GM Sierra.
"GM truck owners are passionate about their Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks," said Stephanie Jentgen, GM Fort Wayne communication manager. "We want to bring these fans together and introduce them to the all-new 2014 trucks and have fun at the same time."
The automaker will be awarding a total of $100,00 in grants to community groups during the event. In addition, event-goers can enjoy a number of activities. One of which is the GM Truck Parade. The parade is limited to the first 500 GM pickup truck owners who register online. Participants will be given a goody back once they arrive. In addition, the homecoming will feature a GM Fun Truck Show, which will issue awards to GM pickup truck owners for things like the oldest GM truck or the most mileage on a GM Truck.