What Is the Future of Chevy Truck Beds?

future of Chevy truck beds

As vehicle technology progresses year after year, cars and trucks get lighter, while simultaneously getting stronger, more efficient, and more powerful. As for the future of Chevy truck beds, we can expect the same type of progress.

According to industry speculation, GM could start incorporating carbon fiber into future models of the Chevrolet Silverado. Carbon fiber is lighter than steel, which would help the Silverado become more efficient. But, it is also stronger than steel, which is a necessity for a rugged truck bed.

Reports indicate that the material would be a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic with a dense configuration. This material would be less expensive than the carbon fiber materials used in other brands, while still delivering superior strength and durability.

What do you think? Should Chevrolet make the switch to carbon fiber for its truck beds or do you prefer the tried and true steel? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.

To see what the current lineup of Chevy trucks has to offer, come visit Stalker Chevrolet. We offer everything from the mid-size Colorado to the heavy-duty Silverado 3500. Take them all out for test drives to see which one is the best fit for you.

Coolest Chevy Car of All Time

Recently Kirk Bell, an MSN Autos contributor, compiled a list titled Camaros through the years: 15 coolest. And that got us to thinking, “The Camaro is a great car sure, but Chevy has lots of great cars. So what’s the greatest of the great?”

We could spout off all types of facts and features about Chevrolet vehicles. Discussing icons like the 1970 Chevelle SS with 454 big-block engine or we could blast to the present and talk about the electric power Chevy Volt or maybe you’re a fan of the big boy toys and choose the legendary Chevy Suburban.

All the facts, features, and story we have couldn’t possibly top your Chevy memories. So let us know what you think. What is the greatest Chevy of all-time? Post your answers to our Facebook page or respond on Twitter to @StalkerChevy or with the hashtag #ChevyGOAT.

To help you out a bit, check out these videos showcasing the first 100 years of Chevrolet.

Nothing but Trucks

It’s truck month here in Creston, Iowa, and Stalker Chevrolet knows just how to celebrate. Stalker Chevy knows that the toughest drivers need the toughest vehicles to keep up, so all month long, Stalker will offer great deals on all Chevrolet trucks, crossovers, and SUVs.

The crowd-favorite Silverado can’t come with a better deal. This month only, customers will get 0% APR for 60 months, plus some a big chunk of change with a trade-in. Looking for a Suburban or a Tahoe? They each feature 0.9% APR for 60 months or $1,500 in customer cash. Longing for an Avalanche? Now is the time to act as it comes with a 0.9% APR, but only if you get it during Chevy Truck Month. Don’t forget about the Traverse, which is available with 0% APR for 72 months or two grand in customer cash!

This deal only lasts as long as September does, so time is running out! If you think you’re tough enough to handle a Chevy truck, head on down to Stalker Chevrolet today to sit yourself behind the wheel of one and show us what you’ve got!

If these great deals haven’t convinced you to stop in and check out a new Chevy truck, here are a few more things that you may want to consider:

  • Chevy trucks can tow a lot!
  • There are few better sites than a man, his dog, and his truck.
  • Its uncommon for a vehicle to look just as good dirty as it does clean…but all Chevy trucks do.
  • Chevrolet doesn’t compromise. Chevy trucks are fully capable for any task, occasion, or trip you can think up.

Working Like a Dog

A lot of dog lovers worry about leaving their better halves—the four legged guys with a mean bark—at home during the 9 to 5 work day. Believe it or not, several places all around America allow pet owners to bring their dogs into work. Some Chevy dealerships even let dogs join their owners on test drives, understanding that how your pet will do in a car is a big determining factor in whether or not you get it.

If you’re planning on getting a new Chevy and often take Fido along for rides—whether it’s to work, to the vet, or even on a vacation—make sure to get a car that is suited not just to your needs but also to the needs of man’s best friend. Here are some tips to help you out.

  • Always ensure the car has safety windows and locks. Curious critters will often press buttons they shouldn’t.
  • For shedding dogs, don’t forget to consider fabric treatment options.
  • Size and age of dog are very important factors. The bigger the dog is, the more backseat space you will need. Good luck fitting a German Shepherd into a Chevy Spark. Age is often overlooked, but for more elderly dogs, it is important to have cars that are lower to the ground, to make getting in and out easier.
  • Ask your dealer about hooks to attach your dog’s safety harness.
  • Tinted windows are dog’s other best friend, as they prevent your canine from overheating.

Once you have your Chevy to cart your critter to work in, it is imperative that you stick to some crucial safety guidelines to provide the most harmless drive for you and your passengers—human or otherwise.

  • Dogs belong in the backseat. Front seat driving is dangerous to a dog, as airbags can seriously injure them.
  • Keeping a first aid kit in the car is smart, for both dogs and human passengers.
  • Many pet owners think traveling with a crate is the safest option, but crates can actually pop open upon impact in the event of a crash. The safest option is a harness that attaches to a hook.
  • Letting your dog hang its head out the window sounds cute in theory, but it can actually endanger your dog. It stands the chance of getting debris in its eyes, falling off the seat, or slamming against the window frame upon stopping or slowing down.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Even if you are just going to work, it’s you and your best friend behind the wheel of your favorite car. Life is anything but ruff.

 

Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

Chevy Silverado: The Truck of Choice

Have you squeezed out every last mile your current truck? If so, it might be time to consider getting a new one. Luckily, you’ll have to look no farther than Stalker Chevrolet, where you can check out the 2012 Silverado series. The Silverado 1500 received an overall 8.5 ranking from U.S. News, applauded for its substantial towing capacity and its variety of dependable engines. Manufactured by the reliable GM brand, the Silverado 1500 comes in 5 different trims—WT, LS, LT, XFE, and LTZ—and comes in several cab, drive, bed, and engine configurations. The truck is praised for its smooth ride, its powerful V8 options, and its comfortable seating.

If you want to be a little kinder to Mother Nature, there is always the hybrid route. The Silverado 1500 Hybrid performs well as a truck, as a gas-saver, and as an environmental asset. With great fuel economy and all the capabilities of a pickup, the Silverado 1500 Hybrid is a viable option.

For really big loads, you might consider the Silverado 1500 HD (Heavy Duty), which was ranked second in the heavy duty truck category by U.S. News and scored an impressive 8.6.

To put yourself behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevy Silverado, drive on down to Stalker Chevrolet today and find the truck that’s right for you.