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Chevrolet Silverado Repeats As Fleet Truck of the Year

Fuel efficiency, low operating costs, user-friendliness, reliability and safety are all features that helped propel the Silverado to its second straight Fleet Truck of the Year title.

January 2009, by Chad Simon

For the second consecutive year, commercial fleet managers nationwide have crowned the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck Automotive Fleet's 2009 Fleet Truck of the Year. Since the recognition's inception in 2003, the Silverado and Ford's F-150 have alternated as award-winners.

The Silverado is widely used by fleets across the country for a number of different applications: the half-ton for delivery services, construction projects, and homebuilders; chassis cabs for service bodies and dump trucks.

"Our trucks work for a living and are used in heavy applications. The Silverado is a great truck for the type of work we do," said Rob Allen, fleet manager, American Water of Voorhees, N.J.

Cost of Ownership Low

Receiving annual recognition by J.D. Power and Associates as a leader in fuel economy, quality, and reliability, the Silverado is user-friendly in both ride and comfort with 180-degree opening doors in Extended Cab versions. Stadium-style rear seats with a 60/40-split design are standard on Crew Cab models and available on Extended Cabs. Base MSRP starts at $19,550 and runs just over $50,000 with all the bells and whistles.

"It's been a challenging year in the global marketplace. These challenges make this year's Fleet Truck of the Year recognition from the Automotive Fleet readership even more special," said Brian McVeigh, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations general manager. "Fleet customers still need full-size trucks that provide the utility, towing, trailering capability, durability, reliability and fuel economy that the Chevy Silverado can provide—and at a cost of ownership that's very important to our fleet customers."

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