Truck sales remain strong, but the overall vehicle market softened along with the national economy. Ford Motor Co. last redid its full size trucks entirely in 1996, which seems like only yesterday but in product years now makes them due for at least a major freshening. Ford followed with introductions of a 4-door extended cab and with its larger Super Duty series.
General Motors Corp. redid its truck lineup in 2000 with the Silverado and GMC Sierra, following it with a major redo of the heavy duty 2500 and 3500 in '01. For '02, changes were relatively minor in comparison, with more concentration on new SUV intros.