• Sep 21st 2009 at 6:28PM
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General Motors gave embattled Flint, MI a rare bit good news today with the announcement that the truck assembly plant in the company's home town will add some additional production. The truck plant on the south side of the city currently builds heavy duty versions of the GMT900 trucks (Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra) including all of the crew cab versions. GM has decided to spend $21 million on new tooling for the plant that will allow it to add production of light duty crew cabs as well.

With truck sales seeing some recovery this year with sustained lower fuel prices and the Oshawa truck plant closing, GM decided some extra light-duty crew cab capacity was warranted. Crews will start to make the modifications to the assembly line in the last quarter of this year and production is scheduled to start next July with the 2011 models.

[Source: General Motors]


2011 Light-Duty Crew Cab Business Planned for GM Flint Assembly

FLINT, Mich. - To meet increased market demand, General Motors Company will invest more than $21 million to produce the 2011 Chevrolet light-duty crew cab at the GM Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., beginning in mid-2010.

GM Flint Assembly is GM's sole producer of GM's heavy-duty crew cab trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Flint Assembly also produces the heavy-duty regular cab Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The $21-million investment in the Flint Assembly plant will include renovating the existing heavy-duty assembly process, new machinery, equipment and tooling to support the light-duty crew cab production in the plant.

"This investment in light-duty crew cab capability enhances Flint Assembly's manufacturing flexibility and future competitiveness," said Larry Zahner, GM Manufacturing manager. "The plant will now be able to produce both heavy-duty and light-duty trucks for General Motors Company on the same assembly line."

The 2010 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have best-in-class fuel economy at 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 highway. No other pickup achieves better fuel economy.

Construction at Flint Assembly is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009 and production is scheduled to begin in July 2010. The plant currently employs 1,767 hourly and salaried workers on two shifts.

About General Motors: General Motors Company, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 219,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and Germany. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors Company acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors Company can be found at www.gm.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just re-read the press release (must stop reading during a phone call)... it sounds like more of a tear-up than I thought it might/could be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wish some of that $$ was oing to developing a Diesel for 1500's and Suburbans
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Toyota Tacoma is MUCH better and more reliable than the long in the tooth Colocrapo.

      The I-5 engine on the Colocrapo is such a joke. Four cylinder power with V6 fuel economy. And that infamous GM reliability. Get a Tacoma instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Once again showing your utter stupidity. This has nothing to do with the Colorado and don't even try shifting gears into some "Tundra is better" bull$*it, because it isn't. This is about the Silverado/Sierra. If you bothered to read a goddamned post before commenting you might have known that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not my fault Government Motor's trucks are bland and interchangeable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And this, folks, is coming from the guy who told me Chrysler was a credible luxury brand because it sold more cars than Lexus...lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am confused. What exactly does this story have to do with the Colorado? Aside from the ugly gold Bowtie on their grills, they are totally different trucks.

        Oh wait, it's Brian. Now it makes perfect sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that all you got, you ignorant pr*ck?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now, if GM could just make a smaller size pickup with even better efficiency, they would really have something. The Colorado is a joke and misses the point. Some people just need an open bed for light duty loads like hauling a lawn mower or motorcycle, but not to tow 8,000 lbs. The only real options out there are the Tacoma and Ranger.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Does Brian skip school to troll here? How else could a 10 year old kid find time to comment here so much?
      • 6 Years Ago
      these are total useless cars.

      this is better ...
      peugeot partner
      citroen berlingo
      mercedes vito
      ford transit connect
      VW Caddy
      VW Transporter/multivan
      Fiat Doblo

      such cars are better for plumbers, electrician, mechanics, express packet services, etc, etc.

      you don't have to remove the tools or good in the evening, fast, effienct and way more room, each of these can fit a euro pallet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, sure. But the cars you listed are also useless on my farm. Also, what about worksites that are "off the beaten path? Can any of the vehicles you listed going to be able to pull my double axle trailer when it is carrying all of my extra equipment to another worksite?

        Also, the vehicles you listed have their limitations when attempting to carry larger or wider cargo. Try moving a fridge, oven, and a dishwasher with one of the ones you listed. How about a couch and some chairs, or a washer and dryer.

        Not to mention that a truck is makes more sense as a "company vehicle", since a work truck has simpler mechanical components, is cheaper to fix, and is built for abuse. Because, let's face it, our employees "drive 'em like they stole 'em".

        Also, I can only buy one of the vehicles you listed here, so how does that solve my problem?

        Are there people out there that buy these trucks, but do not need them, absolutely. But to call a truck "useless" is idiotic. Sure, a Ford Transit makes more sense for a repairman, plumber, etc., but they have their advantages out in the frontlines of everyday life.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anybody remember the old digital engines before electronic control?

        They were either on, or off. : )
        • 6 Years Ago
        The biggest problem in those older digital engines was that they kept leaking LCD fluid. ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You both have a point. Full size trucks ARE necessary for many occupations, namely in the construction business where towing a trailer is often necessary, hundreds of pounds in the bed at the time, etc.

        Though I would like to see a statistic of how many full size trucks purchased in the US are actually used anywhere near the extent of their advertised capacities. Im willing to bet a majority of full size truck owners could accomplish all their goals with a Colorado, Ranger, or Tacoma. (There are of course options mentioned like the VW caddy or Ford transit connect, but this is 'merica :rolleyes:) Not to mention the countless owners of huge trucks who have no use for a truck at all. There are certain "high trim levels"/"special editions" coming from Detroit that you could say are useless, such as those with huge chrome wheels and low profile tires, and chrome crap everywhere that would scuff at the faintest sight of some lumber or pipe.

        The truck pictured does appear to be a capable work vehicle. And Dodge is arguably a worse offender in the "useless" truck segment than GM.
        • 6 Years Ago

        yes, all the vihicles i mention are capable of moving dishwashers, frdges, etc, etc.
        that's why many shops use them in the city's.
        you have people moving versions and hauling versions.

        if you need to move all 3 @ the same time, rent a mercedes sprinter / Vario kastenwagen or kipper, volkswagen Crafter, Ford transit or whatever.

        you only buy a vihicle like that, it you actualy haul each and everyday.
        else it isn't fiscal/financial actractive.

        they way you people respond, it clearly visible, that your tax system is different.
        in the netherland biznis people look @ how much a car will cost ya, each company advertise with price/km adds.
        this mean the cost of each km you drive with that car.
        they amount you declare on the end of the year's tax form.
        many biznis people don't care about the look, they check the performance(not engine)/price, resale and CO2 tax.
        fiscally a car becomes unatractive after 2 or 4 years(i can't remember exactly).
        than it will start costing you money instead + the maintenance, while the previous years you could partly redeem it from the tax.

        remember, a car looses 20% of its value once you left the dealer.
        biznis people should get rid of their car once it's 2 years old.
        in general everyone should, because on the moment when you buy a new, you current car has a very low value if it's more than 2 years old.
        too prevent a harch resale value and digging in your pockets(mostly @ the bank), it best to ditch a car after 2 years.

        if you don't haul a metric ton each day, don't buy a car that can, but rent one or pay someone to haul it for you.
        that's how farmers work here.
        they drive a mercedes, bmw, volve or whatever, pay the people(they are called wages companie's - loonwerkers) that do the work for them, own the machines and redeem it from the tax.
        they don't need to care about the maintenance on the vihicles, no need to pay their taxes.

        'simpler mechanical components'
        under what rock are you living?

        all the cars i have listed in this and the previous post, are equal digital, like road cars.
        the ford powerstroke is a digital engine, there is no way you can work on it, without the diagnose interface, atleast not the engine.
        even a Catapilar groundmover has a digital engine.
        a 2009 peterbilt has a digital engine.

        this can't be evaded a no way, digital engines are more powerfull, less fuel comsumption, no weather effects, cold starts, exact fuel/air mixture in any condition (air temperature is meassured before entering the intake valves), etc, etc and more environment friendly.

        about 99,99999% of all engines produced for the automotive industry in the whole world in 2009 is a digital engine.

        why would you buy a car with an analog engine, while unburned fuel literally evaporizes in the exchaust), this is energy you paid for, but aren't consuming as ...

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd like to see you try to haul dirt or tow a boat or camper with any of those pieces of $*it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not from around here I take it. Europeans just don't understand trucks and the type of people who own them. You Europeans generally try to sterotype all American truck owners according to YOUR ideals.

        At least in Europe you have good diesel powerplants and lots of manual trannies! One thing many of us "horrible" Americans who own trucks would buy if they were more readily avaliable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is crap when Pontiac can already build everything even crew cab with short bed but they close us but we can build more variations then any body
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep, they start tearing out bodyshop tomorrow
        • 6 Years Ago
        You work at Pontiac Assembly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The way GM's luck has been running lately, Murphy's Law dictates that some speculators will push the price of oil to $200.00 a barrel the day the extra capacity comes on stream.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even with this move, they're at historically low capacity for trucks, between Oshawa & Pontiac closing... so this doesn't faze me much, though I'd like to know how much of this is merely moving tooling from Pontiac and how much of it is true tear up or new tooling to Flint (and, yes, I know just installing tooling for a previously built product on a line can require tear up/re-jiggering).
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