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  GM Terradyne Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2000
Introduced at:2000 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:June 14, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTerradyne, the 2000 concept vehicle from GMC, takes the traditional full-size pickup into a new realm of capabilities. The truck's name derives from "terra," Latin for "of the earth," and the Greek "dyne," meaning "strength and power." The name fits: Terradyne combines a commanding, dramatic presence with power and versatility that reinterprets the pickup truck for the 21st century. Exciting innovations and an emphasis on industrial precision result in a vehicle that brings exciting new capabilities to both of its roles: as a professional grade tool on the job and as a vehicle for comfortable family transportation. Terradyne builds on GMC's 98 years of state-of-the-art truck-building expertise, redefining the pickup truck with fresh ideas and innovative capabilities. The result is a well thought-out vehicle that gives users everything they expect from a pickup, plus exciting new features that provide unexpected levels of functionality.

The emphasis on innovation and efficiency doesn't stop with truck volume. Terradyne's powerfu 6.6-liter V8 intercooled Turbo-diesel, Duramax 6600, sets new standards for diesel power, performance, durability and quiet operation. The Allison 1000 Series 5-speed automatic transmission features normal and tow/haul modes of operation, and adds engine-grade braking and power take-off capabilities. With Terradyne, GMC also introduces QuadraSteer - a remarkable four-wheel steering system. This innovation provides excellent maneuverability - allowing the driver to turn tightly at low speeds - as well as enhanced stability and towing capabilities at highway speeds.

Many of Terradyne's capabilities aren't obvious at first glance, but reveal themselves as the truck is used. For instance, anyone who has driven a pickup is familiar with situations such as "parking lot trap." Traditional extended cab doors open away from each other, and a vehicle parked close in the next space can prevent them from opening very far. This creates difficulty for the pickup's occupants in entering, exiting and loading cargo. Terradyne's four innovative doors are powered to glide forward and back instead of swinging out, providing easy access to the cab and eliminating "parking lot trap." Traditional crew cabs feature "B" pillars, with the need to walk around the door to access the front and rear seats. Gliding door construction allows the elimination of the "B" pillar - the center support that traditionally divides the front and rear doors. No "B" pillar means a wide-open space for loading and unloading cargo. A door-activated power-assist step automatically lowers to aid entry and exit, then raises to maintain high ground clearance.

Inside, reconfigurable rear seats and steering wheel-mounted controls add convenience and functionality. A mobile office with a console-mounted laptop allows drivers to take the productivity of their office with them when they hit the road. A Rear Video System uses a camera integrated into the tailgate to give the driver a clear view when backing up or while hitching a trailer, as do Terradyne's power extendable rearview mirrors. Premium materials used throughout the interior, such as aluminium, stainless steel and leather, reflect Terradyne's goal of meeting practical, work-related needs while providing exceptional occupant comfort.

Another feature that exemplifies Terradyne's status as both a precision tool and family transportation is the AuraGen 5000 watt on-board, engine-driven generator. 110V and 220V outlets in the tailgate area gives the user access to "power on site," whether at work on the jobsite or relaxing at a campsite.

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