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GM Patents Two of its Own "Man Step" Solutions for Pickup Trucks
Drawing Sheet for Patent No: US 9,517,711 B2

GM Patents Two of its Own "Man Step" Solutions for Pickup Trucks

 Source:The Truth About Cars | Publication date: Jan 16, 2017 | Author(s):Bozi Tatarevic

Despite launching an advertising campaign in 2009 that derided Ford for a new F-150 feature that General Motors dubbed the “man step”, the company has recently filed patents for very similar solutions.

In October of 2016, GM was awarded a patent for what it refers to as a “Multi-Panel Hinged Endgate Assembly With Edge Support For Step Panel.” Consisting of a two-piece tailgate with one portion that can be unfolded to serve as a step, the device is said to provide “easier access to the cargo area,” “two-tier loading” and “potentially reduce aerodynamic drag.”

Drawing Sheet for Patent No: US 9,463,746 B2

In another patent awarded in December called a “Tailgate Assembly With A Step Assist Handle,” an extended version of the first design includes a retractable handle that drivers can grasp and use for leverage when boarding or exiting the pickup bed.

No word yet on whether either design will make it to production.

If you can’t beat ’em…

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  1. Ed753
    WOW - And people think the Ford tailgate step is complex and convoluted!?

    FenwickHockey65
    Unless GM surprises us, this is going to lead to some ugly looking tailgates with all the cut lines necessary for this.

    The CornerStep bumper is much simpler.


    CornerStep is simpler, but not near the same, functionally. I can have something heavy in my hand(s) drop my tailgate, pull-out the "man-step" and walk up and into the bed.

    One additional thing I see, with the way that section of tailgate drops-down, I have a very long receiver, it would hit that part of the tailgate.
    FenwickHockey65
    Unless GM surprises us, this is going to lead to some ugly looking tailgates with all the cut lines necessary for this.

    The CornerStep bumper is much simpler.
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