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QuickSilv3r 06-12-2013 11:36 AM

Chrysler could take a lesson from GM on releasing new models
 
Not sure if the mods will move this one, but it's very relevant to 2013-2014 discussions...
GM announced the 2014 redesign of their pickups around the start of the year, I believe at the NYIAS. They haven't released much information, just some teasers, definitely no commercials. Magazines & media are just starting to get them to test.
GM made no announcements on release date, which had the media/analysts speculating on whether the trucks would hit this summer or this fall due to the abundance of on hand inventory of 2013 models.

And without fanfare, GM essentially just soft launched the vehicle; 2014 Silverados are appearing on dealer lots. And GM went with the most popular/highest selling/highest margin models for initial production, the crew cab and reg cab half ton, 2&4wd, stripper or loaded cowboy cadillac.

The biggest frustration is the 2014 GM trucks are more of a redesign from a body structure standpoint than the the 2013 rams were (new cab/doors, frame? etc). Yes the 8spd, longer frame half tons and air suspension were the big mechanical component changes for Rams, but the rest was a facelift for the exterior and interior...

I am holding out hope that Chrysler can get it together for the 2014 model run and I can purchase the truck I want in the fall... if not, I'll be looking over to GM and take a hit on the interior quality and features to get a truck that will be what I want, when I want it, without issue...

gman1946 06-12-2013 12:53 PM

I agree that Ram could have done a better job matching their production capability to their marketing. But the GM trucks are having the same issues;
only the crew cabs are available now, the rest are "coming soon". Even then I see nothing new that inspires me. I ordered my Ram on April 10 and expect it at the dealership in a few days. I got exactly what I wanted. One of the keys is to find a dealer who knows what they are doing in regards to options and availability. Many only want to sell off the lot.

rkuhl84 06-12-2013 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QuickSilv3r (Post 1123283)

The biggest frustration is the 2014 GM trucks are more of a redesign from a body structure standpoint than the the 2013 rams were (new cab/doors, frame? etc). Yes the 8spd, longer frame half tons and air suspension were the big mechanical component changes for Rams, but the rest was a facelift for the exterior and interior...

I am holding out hope that Chrysler can get it together for the 2014 model run and I can purchase the truck I want in the fall... if not, I'll be looking over to GM and take a hit on the interior quality and features to get a truck that will be what I want, when I want it, without issue...

Chrysler did a complete redesign of the Ram 1500 in 2009 whereas the last GM "redesign" was 2007 and it wasn't exactly drastic, especially on the interior. The 2013 Ram is more of a mid-cycle refresh than a total redesign.

I don't really like the looks of the 2014 Silverado or Sierra. Way too square and blocky. The Sierra isn't quite as bad but not great. I haven't been in a 2014 GM but the Ram looks to still be ahead in the interior department.

http://image.motortrend.com/f/roadte...e-quarters.jpg

That front end is just way too big.

plumcrazy73 06-12-2013 04:50 PM

GM did a refresh , sorry it don't look that much different. And at the end of the day it is still a GM.

rango88 06-12-2013 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QuickSilv3r (Post 1123283)
Not sure if the mods will move this one, but it's very relevant to 2013-2014 discussions...
GM announced the 2014 redesign of their pickups around the start of the year, I believe at the NYIAS. They haven't released much information, just some teasers, definitely no commercials. Magazines & media are just starting to get them to test.
GM made no announcements on release date, which had the media/analysts speculating on whether the trucks would hit this summer or this fall due to the abundance of on hand inventory of 2013 models.

And without fanfare, GM essentially just soft launched the vehicle; 2014 Silverados are appearing on dealer lots. And GM went with the most popular/highest selling/highest margin models for initial production, the crew cab and reg cab half ton, 2&4wd, stripper or loaded cowboy cadillac.

The biggest frustration is the 2014 GM trucks are more of a redesign from a body structure standpoint than the the 2013 rams were (new cab/doors, frame? etc). Yes the 8spd, longer frame half tons and air suspension were the big mechanical component changes for Rams, but the rest was a facelift for the exterior and interior...

I am holding out hope that Chrysler can get it together for the 2014 model run and I can purchase the truck I want in the fall... if not, I'll be looking over to GM and take a hit on the interior quality and features to get a truck that will be what I want, when I want it, without issue...


Dodge might seem dated compared to the GM because it is. The last Gen Silverado came out in 07 so it was in need of a complete overall. The current Ram an F150 came out in 09 so a refresh is the norm at this stage. The new F150 is already in the tested stages and is expected to come out sometime in 2015 (Truck Trend). I imagine Ram will completely refresh the Ram around the same time. By then I hope that

-the 6.4L Hemi will be available across the board to compete with the 6.2L of Ford and GM,
-the diesel and 3.6L will have their few bugs worked out and
-8 spd will be standard

but this is all speculation. Give it time, although Ram's update seem minimal, but with the:

air suspension
Grill Louvers
New interior
new Front end and rear end
Ram Box available on every configuration
3.6L
8 spd
larger touch screen

The Ram still comes off as being a new truck to me.

I admire what GM did with the new silverado and Sierra and the new 4.3L is should be a monster with torque it has but I still believe the F150, Ram and GM are equal with their own strengths.

Toyota and nissan should worry. Even with the new tundra (its just cosmetic changes) and old titan the japaneese trucks have dated powertrain and are in need of a huge overhaul.

ejb426 06-12-2013 06:14 PM

I bet when they start driving down the road, you will not be able to tell the '14s apart from the 07-13s. The interior is close to the same as previous and the IP cluster was taken from an F-150 of the 08-current models. The 5.3 generates a "massive" 355 HP and 383 FT LBS/Trq. No floor shifter (even though Ram has almost totally bypassed that), just the same old oversized lever that was on previous models. The only thing that RAM could learn from GM is how to build the SAME truck and call it new, charge the same money for it, AND not build what consumers want. If that is the lesson to be learned then pardon me while I call in sick that day!

Butter 06-12-2013 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by plumcrazy73 (Post 1123581)
GM did a refresh , sorry it don't look that much different.

I agree, the changes from 13 Silverado and 14 Silverado aren't that big of a deal....They made it worst IMO.

shawnu 06-12-2013 07:39 PM

I don't think it looks THAT bad... but I agree its a refresh just like the ram.

guru1ofatl 06-12-2013 11:10 PM

FUGLY :SHOCKED: in my opinion. Each (Ford and GM) have features that I might like but the current Ram was a better all around fit for me. To each his own.

huntergreen 06-12-2013 11:41 PM

hmm i always liked the gmc look. just so happens i like doge/ram better. unless fiat screws up my stellar experience with these trucks i have no reason to look at other brands.


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