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What's the difference between Chevy & GMC trucks?

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I have been a car guy for over 55 years, having several Chevy Silverados. Can someone tell me what's the difference between these (2) trucks beside some styling? 

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The drive trains are the same. Some body panels are different. GMC is more expensive and have a few nicer features than Chevy.

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Yeah, it's basically just a branding thing.  The two trucks are fundamentally the same, and share most of their parts.

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They cater to different markets... GMC exists as a luxury brand, occupying a space between Chevy and Cadillac in truck and SUV market.  As one GM dealer owner said to me. GMC makes a huge profit for GM and if they ever dropped it most GMC customers would not buy a Chevrolet because traditionally Chevy has been a budget brand.  

 

GMC made the first truck and never made cars, Chevy started as a car company?

 

Chevrolet = the guy works at the construction co

GMC = the guy is the boss at the construction co

Cadillac = the guy owns the construction co

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Chevy = working man truck

GMC = white collar/soccer mom truck

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1 hour ago, pickmeup said:

silverado you have to spell. gmc very easy.

pickmeup......I love that!😁

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1 hour ago, elcamino said:

GMC made the first truck and never made cars

I guess that depends on how you classify a Diablo/Caballero 😉

 

Seriously though today it’s just a badge and detal difference. My ‘84 GMC doesn’t even have vents in the dash, hardly what I’d call a step up from a Chevrolet. The GMC price premium is mostly a marketing creation, they “look” fancier (and often better, IMO). 

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1 hour ago, elcamino said:

They cater to different markets... GMC exists as a luxury brand, occupying a space between Chevy and Cadillac in truck and SUV market.  As one GM dealer owner said to me. GMC makes a huge profit for GM and if they ever dropped it most GMC customers would not buy a Chevrolet because traditionally Chevy has been a budget brand.  

 

GMC made the first truck and never made cars, Chevy started as a car company?

 

Chevrolet = the guy works at the construction co

GMC = the guy is the boss at the construction co

Cadillac = the guy owns the construction co

You're the BOSS!😃

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I guess that depends on how you classify a Diablo/Caballero
 
Seriously though today it’s just a badge and detal difference. My ‘84 GMC doesn’t even have vents in the dash, hardly what I’d call a step up from a Chevrolet. The GMC price premium is mostly a marketing creation, they “look” fancier (and often better, IMO). 
The GMC does have features that you can't get on a Chevy. One example being the fancy multifunction tail gate.

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Hence the word “mostly” in my post. 

 

The multi tailgate solution to something not broken is not ubiquitous, either. 

 

Carry on. 

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GMC is a Chevy with star washers at a hefty up-charge. 

It isn't what it use to be.

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I think it's just the grill....or could just be the grille?

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I always thought GMC stood for “Gooder Made Chevy” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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fyi

GMC was founded by the Grabowsky brothers in Detroit in 1902, but the “G” in its name has nothing to do with them. They called their firm Rapid Motor Vehicle Co. GMC’s second ancestor was the Reliance Motor Co., which built cars and trucks. General Motors bought those companies and merged them into the General Motors Truck Co. in 1909.

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