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Thread: The demise of the 2500 Suburban
08-29-2013, 01:57 PM #1
The demise of the 2500 Suburban
Word is that there will be no 2500 Suburban for 2014. Dealers are selling from 2013 inventory, which they anticipate will last through the 2014 model year.
2015 brings a new platform. Possibly no 2500 there, either, at least at first.
This will leave a significant gap as the only vehicles with a 3rd row of seats and 10k towing are full-sized vans, which lack 4 wheel drive.Minneapolis area - 1997 K2500 regular cab long bed, pushes plow in the winter, carries camper in the summer - 2004 4x4 Suburban 2500 8.1, pulls 30' Airstream trailer
08-29-2013, 02:08 PM #2
That stinks. I think that GM showed us that they are not interested in continuing to make a "work horse" suburban when they eliminated the Diesel option. There is always the option of buying a 1500 and taking it to place like "@duraburb" in Florida and having them do their diesel and HD axle conversion. Of course that is if you have an extra $17000-$25000 laying around after you buy your new Suburban.
On a side note: I have also been told that an extended cab 8 foot bed will no longer be available in a 1500. You have to buy a 2500 to get that combo.
The issue I see with GM doing things like is is that they are pushing themselves right out of certain markets. Sure, the 2500 suburban and an ext cab 8 foot bed silverado does not sell nearly as much as their other trucks. But, a guy is going to go and buy a dodge or ford for a work truck with an 8 foot bed and ext cab. Maybe he will have a great experience at the dealer. Then when it comes time to buy a new family vehicle he is going to consider going back to the ford or dodge dealer for that new car. In my opinion GM is making their trucks for a soccer mom and dad rather than the working folk. This is evident with how hard it is to find a new truck that is a W/T, stripped down version. Now most of the new trucks on the lot are covered in chrome with DVD players and tons of other amenities. I know at least 10 people that would buy a new Suburban with no carpet and a rubber floor if it was available.
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08-29-2013, 02:48 PM #3
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08-29-2013, 03:14 PM #4
08-29-2013, 03:21 PM #5
Remember, GM has to build what sells, sure maybe 1% of the truck buyers might consider a 2500 Suburban with a diesel a great thing, but the truth of the matter is that catering to the extreme fringe is not financially profitable.
The extended cab long box 1500, how often does one even see one of these? It's once in a blue moon. If one wants a long bed, get a regular cab or get an HD truck. Long bed trucks are for work.
GM is under the gun from the taxpayers for the bailout stuff, so to satisfy them they need to buy vehicles that are popular sellers. Once GM fully recovers maybe they can start making fringe vehicles again.
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08-29-2013, 03:24 PM #6
08-29-2013, 03:36 PM #7
Remember, GM has said that crew cab segment is now 43% of the truck market, it just so happens in my area that people prefer to buy crew cabs.
08-29-2013, 03:47 PM #8
Oh, above you stated that GM makes what they can sell and that maybe 1% of truck buyers may want a 2500 suburban diesel. That I can agree with. But, what about elimination of their minivans? They could and did sell those. Sure, Chrysler set and holds the benchmark for the vans, but GM loyal folks would still buy a GM van. I know that in December when I bought my wife's caravan I would have bought a GM van if it was available.
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08-29-2013, 05:32 PM #9
There does not appear to have been one in 2013 either:
I checked the Chev site (US) for 2013 and 2014, they read exactly the same.
The Canadian site, has options and features for the 2013 2500 model:
The 2014 is not listed on the Canadian site.Ray
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08-29-2013, 06:26 PM #10
I can't imagine a significant sales volume for a Suburban (2500) that seats eight and needs to be a towing machine. Most trailers won't sleep 8 comfortably. It's all about dollars, and if the volume isn't there it doesn't make sense to produce. The payloads on half ton trucks are around 1,500 pounds. So the truth of the matter is that 8 foot beds are overkill. A Crew Cab with a long bed is one long truck and I am in truck country and don't see many of those monsters.