The Debut

Chevrolet has had a pickup truck in its lineup since 1930. However, the Silverado model name was not officially used until the 1999 model year. From 1975 through 1999, the Silverado name was used as a trim level for the Chevrolet C/K pickups, Suburban, and Tahoe models.

Since its 1999 debut, the Silverado 1500 has offered buyers a variety of options, including multiple body configurations, bed lengths, and engines to choose from. The Silverado has always offered both a V6 and V8 engine. Some engines on certain models are Flex Fuel compatible, meaning they can use E-85 gasoline, along with regular fuel. A heavy-duty Silverado was introduced for the 2000 model year.
Incredible Innovations

With the 1999 Silverado 1500, Chevrolet introduced a number of incredible innovations, including a manufacturing process called hydroforming. This process ensured the Silverado's frame was strong, yet lightweight. Another innovation was the introduction of the first hybrid pickup.

The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid was in production from 2009 through 2013 and came equipped with a Two-Mode Hybrid transmission that enabled the truck to achieve up to 30 mpg. 
New Generations

In 2003, Chevrolet launched the Silverado SS. This high-performance model came with powertrain upgrades along with interior and exterior visual enhancements. Other early special editions including the Intimidator SS and Vortec High Output.

In 2007, Chevrolet introduced the second-generation Silverado. It came with new styling, more power, and more technology. It also was much more aerodynamic making big gains in fuel efficiency. The third-generation Silverado was unveiled for the 2014 model year. With this redesign, the Silverado became a truly modern truck with features like Chevrolet MyLink and 4G LTE Wi-Fi included on most models. It also offered even more power and versatility than ever before. 
To see how far the latest Chevrolet Silverado has come, stop by Amesbury Chevrolet and take one for a test drive today! 

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