2012 Chevrolet Colorado pickup

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.

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