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Ford's F-150 Surges While GM's Trucks Falter

Sales of the Chevy Silverado fell almost 10% in September. Photo credit: General Motors Co.

Are General Motors  (NYSE: GM  ) all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra already starting to fall behind?

That was the question some observers were asking when September's sales numbers were released earlier this week. Ford's  (NYSE: F  )  saw sales of its F-Series pickup line increase by almost 10% in September, and Chrysler's Ram gained over 8% -- but GM's trucks saw a steep year-over-year drop.

What's the story? As Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos and senior auto analyst John Rosevear explain in this video, it's not that GM's new trucks are bad. But Ford and Chrysler have made bold moves to shore up their own sales -- moves that have already led GM to boost incentives on its brand-new pickups.

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  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 12:44 PM, A9930thTA wrote:

    GM made 1 huge mistake when they brought out their 2014 trucks. They did it too soon. Walk onto a GMC or Chevy dealership lot and find a 2013 truck. Odds are its a 2500 or 3500. Walk onto a Dodge or Ford lot and buy a 2013 truck. What color do you want what option package what cab style? yes we have them all in plenty of supply.

    GM should have waited to bring their 2014 trucks out until October so they had plenty of 2013 trucks to sell at huge discounts like Ford and Dodge are doing at GMs expense. Yes the GM trucks blow away the competition but at $8,000 more expensive most people will take the cheaper option. Next year when Ford brings out their new truck GM will really be able to eat away at their market share, but this launch was not properly executed because GMs management doesnt consult the dealers when it comes to business decisions.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 3:35 PM, hawkhell wrote:

    Two days ago GM couldn't make the new Silverado fast enough to meet demands and now its not doing well? Jeez that escalates quickly.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 4:59 PM, Johny205 wrote:

    Chevy trucks look a lot more plain than Fords and Dodges. They are usually a couple grand more expensive also, even though I would pay a couple grand more for a ford of dodge truck any day. A couple years ago I got rid of my Ford F350 diesel and bought a dodge 3500 diesel. Ford changed their diesels in 2003 from a 7.3 liter to a very crappy 6.0 liter engine. This crappy 6.0 has had nothing but problems, I know at least 7 or 8 people that blew the engine between 100k and 110K miles--which is crap for a diesel engine. The fuel injectors constantly go out and there is many electrical problems. That is why a 2003 Ford with a 7.3 engine will sell for more than a 2007 Ford with the same mileage. Ford hired a couple engineers from Cummings and changed their diesel engines in 2011, but to you really want to get one within the first couple years until they prove it is a good engine? The Dodge I have has a Cummings engine that will run for 400K miles and it is a lot less noisy and triple the power of the 3500 Ford I had. Around the wheel wells the Dodge is fiberglass, so it doesn't chip and rust out like Fords do after being on the road for 6 years, but then again I live in MN and we salt the hell out of our highways in the winter. Chevy's are more expensive and look a lot more plain, they are very dull looking--especially the interior. Up until 2007 Chevy's tranies would go out all the time in their heavy duty trucks.

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