Truck of the Year: 2011 Chevy Silverado image

First there was Car of the Year. Winner: Chevrolet Volt. Then there was the SUV of the Year, which was won by the Porsche Cayenne.

Today, the Flint-built Chevrolet Silverado HD has been named the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

To determine the award winner, Motor Trend explains that they “evaluated two Silverado HDs, one an extended-cab gas SRW and the other a crew-cab diesel dualie,” and “The editors had the chance to drive two Silverado HDs, two [Ford] Super Duties, and two [GMC] Sierra HDs back to back, to compare apples-to-apples gas and diesel models.

We tested all of them with and without payload, on highway straights and on twisty roads, with and without trailers.”

Introduced this summer, the Silverado HD features a new frame and suspension design and more powerful Duramax diesel engine that makes 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque.