Ever Wonder What’s With those 1/2 Ton Labels?

September 27th, 2012 by

Ever wonder what’s in a name? When three truck builders merged to become GMC in 1912, the brand’s range of gasoline- and electric-powered trucks used model numbers between 1 and 12, each denoting payload in thousands of pounds.

Today, the labels “½-ton”, “¾-ton” and “1-ton” are still used industry wide for fullsize pickup truck classes despite their having little connection to the trucks’ capabilities. For 2013, a GMC Sierra 1500 “½-ton” has a payload capacity that ranges from 1,550-1,940 pounds – considerably more than the 1,000 pounds once implied. If you’d like to check out our current inventory of GMC Sierras at Baker Buick GMC Cadillac, click here or give us a call at 843/725-7000.

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