Cylinder Switch Off Delivers Advantages to Chevy Silverado

Four cylinders deactivate to save fuel during light-load driving

Full-size pickups are unique, both in the jobs their owners ask of them and how long customers expect them to last. So for the Chevrolet Silverado and other full-size trucks, General Motors improves the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.

More than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul. Some truly put their trucks to the test, moving large trailers over long distances, such as in the blistering heat of west Texas and the biting cold of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. These customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last.

Fact: More than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road.

“The Silverado has a well-earned reputation as the most-dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup truck on the market,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “No competitor can match the V-8 engines under the hood. They’ve been developed, tested and refined over 57 years and more than 100 million engines.” [Read more…]