GMC Adopts New JS807 Tow Ratings

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500 are J2807 compliant. J2807 refers to the standardized tow rating created by the Society of Automotive Engineers. In the past the standards were set by each individual company, this new standardization has a variety of benefits for the consumer.

The biggest benefit that consumers can expect from these new tow ratings being used is that a truly neutral party is testing the tow capabilities of trucks. So the fact that GMC is now having their trucks tested under this standard means that you can trust the tow rating a little bit more now. In the past it was expected that tow ratings were a little over inflated but now with a third party doing the judgment you can expect a more accurate tow rating.

Silverado TowingGMC trucks’ adopting the JS807 standards is a great sign for consumers. Adopting these standards has caused a drop in the tow rating of GMC trucks. On average the tow ratings for GMC trucks have dropped by about four hundred pounds. While on first sight this might suggest that the trucks are less capable now than they were two years ago but it actually is a good sign. These ratings are a more accurate reflection of the actual capabilities of the truck. With the new standard you now know that the truck you buy will be more likely to actually hit it’s tow rating.

Ford will be adding the JS807 ratings to its line of trucks next year so GMC is getting a one year head start on ford. This is great news for GMC as it means that they will be designing with these standards in mind a full year before Ford has been. This extra year will give the GMC and Chevrolet brand a long term advantage over the Ford brand and it may take awhile for Ford to catch up.

The new JS807 trucks are going to have a profound impact on the way consumers look at the performance of trucks. The fact that GMC is the second company to adopt these ratings will give it a long term advantage in the truck market and make consumers more likely to buy their trucks.

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