General Motors will produce pickup trucks yet again at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. However, they won’t be building their all-new 2019 half-tons as speculated. Oshawa will instead handle final production of today’s trucks, of which there is no finish line for producing at this time.
Recently speculation was swirling as to whether or not GM would utilize its Oshawa facility to produce its new pickup trucks. Automotive News reports that instead the company will ship today’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra from its Fort Wayne, Ind. assembly plant to Oshawa for final assembly and paint.
GM recently confirmed the company will continue producing today’s trucks, known as the K2XX models, for as long as consumer demand dictates.
This isn’t the first time Oshawa has served a unique purpose. More recently, GM was shipping Chevrolet Equinox bodies from its sole assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario to Oshawa via truck. Oshawa would then run them through final assembly and paint. It sounds like Oshawa will be doing the same thing with the Silverado and Sierra on the same assembly line utilized for the Equinox.
Thanks to a $310 million investment on GM’s part, GM CEO Mary Barra says Oshawa will be able to produce up to 60,000 trucks per year.
Production of the trucks in Oshawa is expected to commence around the same time the all-new trucks start rolling down the assembly line in late 2018. The new trucks are slated to be produced in Michigan, Indiana and Mexico; all plants that currently produce the K2XX trucks. In total GM has invested about $3 billion in these facilities for their new truck line.
GM recently revealed the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado to owners in Texas. The truck’s new design theme is expected to be complemented with a significant amount of mass reduction, new powertrains and new features as the half-ton truck market heats up. Cross-town rival Ram will be launching an all-new 1500 model in early 2018 as well. Like GM, FCA plans to continue producing today’s Ram well after the launch of the new one.