The maximum loaded weight (including the vehicle itself, passengers, and cargo) for which a vehicle is designed, as specified by the manufacturer. Often used as a criterion of vehicle size for the purpose of legislation; the exact definition may vary depending on the jurisdiction.
The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the weight of the vehicle, consisting of the standard truck weight, add-on weights for options and equipment, the weight of occupants and whatever cargo is being carried.
This is the Base Curb Weight plus actual Cargo Weight plus passengers. It is important to remember that GVW is not a limit or specification . . . it is the actual weight that is obtained when the fully loaded vehicle is driven onto a scale.