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New GM pickups debut Thursday

General Motors, which has been releasing small glimpses of its new pickups, plans to introduce them on its Facebook page on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Jalopnik.com reports the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be unveiled at a press conference.

The pickups are set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013, although GM hasn’t said exactly when. The announcement will start the clock for GM to wind down production of its 2013 trucks, and get rid of the quarter-million that it has on dealer lots.

Autoblog reports magnesium and aluminum contribute to the lighter Silverado. The purported “High Country” top-tier trim will contribute to luxury pickup truck competition and profit margins and the next-generation small-block V8 will contribute to improved fuel economy. On the engine note, there have been rumors of available V6 engines, and when Facebook user John Jones asked “Where’s your answer to that EcoBoost, Chevy?”, the Bowtie replied “stay tuned on the 13th. We think you’ll be pleased.”

Last Friday, GM began offering $2,000 cash incentives, after resisting efforts to match aggressive deals from other car companies, the website reported. The new pickups also will be seen at the Detroit auto show, but GM spokesman Jim Cain told Jalopnik that it decided to show them this week because unadorned trucks will be driving around the Detroit area by then.

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