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GM rings in 100th year of production with all-new Silverado truck

The 2019 Chevy Silverado is made its public debut Saturday night before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Photo Credit: Mike Woolfolk)

DETROIT, Mich. --The 2019 Chevy Silverado is made its public debut Saturday night before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This comes exactly 100 years after the first Chevy trucks were introduced.

It’s the biggest selling vehicle for GM and the most profitable, so there’s a lot riding on the success of this launch.

Related: Keep on trucking: GM reveals Flint-made truck

GM Executive Vice President Mark Ruess says the Silverado HD is 450 pounds lighter than the previous version, and the truck bed is bigger by 7 inches.

Related: Redesigned Chevy Silverado pickup loses weight, gains size

Later we asked him about Flint’s impact on these trucks.

“You’re going to see some announcements around Flint. We put hundreds of millions of dollars into the paint shop up there for the long term viability of this truck.”

Ruess says GM will still use steel for the body unlike its competitor, the Ford F-150, which uses aluminum.

We talked with David Killingsworth, a Ford truck owner who’s impressed with this new Chevy.

He said he was willing to trade in his Ford for a Chevy

While Chevy has produced 85 million trucks, it knows it has to hit a homerun with this one.

Even though the trucks are made in Mexico and Indiana, the HD versions are made in Flint.

The GMC Sierra launch is still to come.

Related: [GALLERY] Letting the good times roll at the North American International Auto Show

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