The Society of Automotive Engineers plans to create a single benchmark for measuring towing performance, an issue that for years has been a bone of contention among auto makers. The latest flare-up comes as truck rivals Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. bring their heavy-duty, or Class 2 and Class 3, pickups to market. GM claims towing capacity of 13,000 lbs. (5,897 kg) and a maximum payload of nearly 5,000 lbs. (2,267 kg) on the ’07 three-quarter and 1-ton Chevrolet Silverado and ...

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