Chevrolet Colorado crowned the 2015 Truck of the Year

FLINT — Local General Motors workers share in kudos for the Chevrolet Colorado being named the Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year.

GM’s Flint Engine plant provides the V6 engine for the Chevrolet Colorado and its GMC sibling, the Canyon, according a press release from Tom Wickham of GM’s Global and Flint Manufacturing Communications.

Flint Metal stamps hood inners and outers for the Colorado and Canyon and Flint Tool built the door ring, hood and fender dies for the Colorado.

Also on the short list for Truck of the Year were the Flint Assembly-built Silverado 3500 HD, the GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD and the GMC Canyon SLT.

After the most comprehensive truck evaluation program in its history, Motor Trend selected the 2015 Colorado in a rare unanimous vote, according to a press release. Motor Trend is an internationally recognized automotive media brand founded in 1949.

Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year program is only open to all-new or significantly updated trucks and vans for the upcoming model year. For 2015, seven contenders invited to compete included the Ford F150 2.7L EcoBoost and 3.5L EcoBoost; the Ford F-450 and the Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR.

“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief.

“Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users,” he said.

To determine which truck deserved top honors, the Motor Trend test team subjected all of the contenders to numerous instrumented and real-world road tests including 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip – all without payload or trailered loads.

All the vehicles were driven more than 250 miles to the Arizona/Nevada border to evaluate ride quality and loaded fuel economy. The vehicles also were driven up and down the famed Davis Dam in Bullhead City, Ariz., for further assessment, including an instrumented test designed to simulate a passing situation while carrying a load.

The team then moved to a world-class automotive proving grounds for instrumented acceleration tests with nominal weight trailers. Truck and trailer were also driven through a short handling course to evaluate acceleration, braking, maneuverability and outward visibility. The final phase of evaluation involved a 21-mile road loop through hills of Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains.

Following the team’s intensive evaluation, the trucks were shipped to Motor Trend headquarters in El Segundo to undergo proprietary “Real MPG” fuel-economy testing. Using advanced exhaust gas and flow-rate analyzers, Real MPG measures tailpipe emissions every second during a three-hour, 88-mile drive around the Los Angeles area to record accurate real-world fuel economy.

The Truck of the Year is not chosen from a direct comparison against the other contenders. — R.S.

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