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GM Shows New Silverado Pickup at Texas Motor Speedway Event

General Motors is showed off an all-new version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at an event at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday.

The TMS event celebrated the first 100 years of Chevy Trucks.

The Silverado was flown in by helicopter and lowered to the ground near Big Hoss, the world's largest TV as Chevy fans watched.

According to TMS President Eddie Gossage NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray were also on hand.

The company released pictures of the rounded new truck with thin LED headlamps and a blacked-out front grille.

GM gave few details ahead of its official debut at the Detroit auto show in January.

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The company says the 2019 Silverado will be lighter than the current model with a high-strength steel bed. It will have a mixed-metal body -- that likely means a combination of aluminum and steel. The truck also will get new engines and transmissions, possibly including a diesel.

The changes should help GM gain ground on the aluminum-clad Ford F-Series, the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. Fiat Chrysler also will show a new Ram pickup at the show.

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