GM is launching series of ads for 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Article by Anita Panait, on July 3, 2013

General Motors is launching its biggest advertising campaign in five years this July 4, 2014 to mark the start of a marketing campaign for the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.  GM is slated air a 60-second, "anthem" style commercial on the Fourth of July, only in Texas markets.  The commercial is set to an original song composed for Chevrolet, "Strong," performed by Will Hoge. 

The commercial spot includes shots of real Silverado owners -- a carpenter using a power saw and a father consoling his son after a loss on a Little League game. At the end of the spot, a voice says “Strong. For all the roads ahead,” in line with Chevrolet's new global marketing tag, "Find New Roads." 

According Chris Perry, Chevrolet's vice president of U.S. marketing, said the brand is staking out a fertile ground in the pickup segment through advertising that appeals to buyers' emotions and values.

He said that traditional truck and American values signified in the commercial -- selflessness, self-reliance, determination, commitment to family and community – are not “reflected much in advertising right now” since most truck advertising concentrates on the message of toughness and power.

Harvey Briggs, a consultant and advertising blogger who during his stint at agency Campbell-Ewald worked on Chevrolet truck advertising, told the brand is going back to its roots by "focusing more on what the Silverado means emotionally, not just functionally." GM will start airing the commercials nationally on the week of July 15, during the broadcast of Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been designed and engineered to meet customers’ expectations of a Chevy pickup in terms of capability.

Silverado's exterior design combines modern and refined aesthetic with strong Chevrolet truck heritage. The new vehicle’s design is more aerodynamic, more muscular, and more functional. It has a strong presence that is carried through its sculpted body sides and its fender flares, and that is created by its twin-port grille, dual power dome hood, and full-width bumper.

Moreover, the new Silverado’s design is not just about the looks. Its new front end, for one, has been engineered to improve sealing and therefore promote a more efficient cooling. There’s also its roof and tailgate spoiler, which are shaped to smooth airflow and reduce drag. The vehicle also has new inlaid doors that fit into bodyside recesses in order to reduce wind noise and provide a quieter cab.

Furthermore, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 boasts three EcoTec3 engines under its hood. These engines – one V-6 and two V-8 engines – have been engineered specifically for full-size trucks, and all of them incorporate direct fuel injection, continuous variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, and advanced technologies. All three engines seamlessly switch to 4-cylinder operation so as to enhance efficiency in light load driving. All three are also engineered to provide more power, better efficiency, and more torque than earlier Silverado models.

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