Not long after General Motors confirmed that the new global Chevrolet Colorado pickup will, in fact, be offered in the United States, The General has announced that the midsize truck will be built at its Wentzville, Missouri facility. GM is investing $380 million at the plant for retooling and equipment upgrades, and it says this injection of cash will create or retain 1,260 jobs.

Specific details about the next-gen North American Chevrolet Colorado are still unclear, but elsewhere in the world, buyers are treated to a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder under the hood. It will come as no surprise that we're crossing our fingers for that engine, but we expect a gasoline powered engine to be the new truck's mainstay powerplant.

Until the new Colorado arrives, GM will continue production of the current model at its facility in Shreveport, Louisiana through the 2012 model year. Follow the jump for GM's official release.
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GM Invests $380 Million in Wentzville Assembly Plant

Plant to become home to new Chevy Colorado, creating or retaining about 1,260 jobs


WENTZVILLE, Mo. – General Motors will invest approximately $380 million to prepare the Wentzville Assembly plant for production of an all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, creating or retaining about 1,260 jobs hourly and salaried jobs.

"The all-new Colorado builds on Chevrolet's strong truck heritage," said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president of Labor Relations. "As we celebrate the first 100 years of Chevrolet today, it is exciting to bring this new global product to the Wentzville team. They also have a strong heritage – a long-standing commitment to building quality products."

The new Colorado is based on an all-new midsize truck architecture developed by GM do Brasil within GM's global product development organization. In major markets where the Colorado will be sold, including the United States, engineers will tailor the truck to meet local needs.

Wentzville Assembly, which currently has about 1,400 employees, produces the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. In early October, the plant announced a second shift, adding about 400 employees, to meet customer demand for commercial vans. The second shift will start in January 2012.

"Today's announcement demonstrates that the members of UAW Local 2250 have all the qualities of a world-class work force," said Joe Ashton, UAW vice president representing the GM Department. "We recognize and appreciate their focus on quality, flexibility and hard work. These new products will provide an opportunity for the plant to be more fully utilized and provide good-paying, middle-class jobs for Wentzville. "

The investments will support tooling and equipment upgrades. Product details, timing and pricing will be announced later. The current-generation Colorado will be produced in Shreveport, La., through the 2012 model year.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      beckylynnla
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why didn't GM retool the plant in Shreveport? That plant has built trucks, from the S-10, Blazer, Hummer, Canyon and Colorado, since 1981. They retooled and built a new plant when the Colorado, Canyon and Hummer started being built there. The paint booths and ovens are old,30 years to be exact. But woudn't it have been cheaper to build a new paint department instead of a new plant? Maybe it's because this is Louisiana. The state at the bottom of the list on everything: poverty, domestic abuse, child neglect and abuse, education, and the worst drivers in the USA. I guess I answered my own question. LOL
      Robert Goetz
      • 3 Years Ago
      We all have just been had. I though the day of the truck was just about over and another one pops up. For all you "green toads" take it up the butt.
      mitchmann23
      • 3 Years Ago
      why did they do that? what they should have done was have that truck built in Moraine,Ohio . that plant already was retooled from when they made the trialBlazres,and they shut it down..... I know this because i worked there for 15 years.. i was 18 years old, stright out of high school......
        alderaforall
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mitchmann23
        you could always move to Wentzville, they have already started hiring.
      69usmc73
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a FORD F-Series
      dieseldvm
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't understand why gm may not offer the next generation colorado pickup here without the diesel option. think that would be a huge mistake. can count me out anyway.
      Stephan Levesque
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota called, they want their Tundra back
      Dana Carter
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOOKS LIKE A TOYOTA. CAN'T THEY DO ANYTING ORIGIANL!!!
      LBJ's Love Child
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cannibalization of their product line. Guess they'll have a GMC version, too. New century, same ol' GM?
      DR. MARK REPAIRS
      • 3 Years Ago
      G.M. = GREAT MISTAKE OR GARBAGE MOTORS. NOW GOVERMENT MOTORS. THEY BUILD GARBAGE!!! HERE IS THERE SLOGAN= QUAINTY NOT QUAILTY!! MAKE CARS AS CHEAP AS POSSIBLE AND CHARGE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. PURE JUNK!!!
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DR. MARK REPAIRS
        Your rant about Government Motors is getting old and stale. If you have a problem with GM in business, then go and start your own company. Now. Otherwise, just shut up.
        lisah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DR. MARK REPAIRS
        if you were as knowledgeable as you wish to seem one might think you would learn to spell! Kinda like think before you speak.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      300
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT THE HELL that is the uglist POS right next to Mitsubishi raider. Garbage.
      psridgell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait a minute. Obama Motors should be putting tiny electric motors in these plastic rolling crap houses. Save the planet and all that rot.
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