The GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox twins have been hot sellers since they went on sale in 2009, but even with strong sales, it's still somewhat surprising to hear that the millionth crossover underpinned by the latest Theta platform has already rolled off the assembly line. According to General Motors, a silver 2013 GMC Terrain has just become the milestone model at its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

Both Chevrolet and GMC models are still selling well. Through September of this year, each line has seen double-digit percentage increases over 2011, and a new, more powerful V6 added to the lineup should help to sell a few more units each month. On their current pace, the Equinox is likely to sell just over 200,000 units in 2012 (compared to 149,979 units just two years ago) while the Terrain should have no problem topping 90,000 units for the year (up from 60,519 units in 2010).

Demand has been so high for the platform mates over the last several years that production capacity has been added in Oshawa, Ontario and more recently, Spring Hill, Tennessee.
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GMC Terrain, Chevy Equinox Reach 1 Million Units
Milestone comes amid best sales year yet for GM small SUVs

2012-10-30


INGERSOLL, Ontario – A quicksilver metallic 2013 GMC Terrain Denali drove off the assembly line at GM's CAMI plant this week, marking 1 million vehicles produced on the architecture that underpins the GMC small SUV and the Chevrolet Equinox.

Both Terrain and Equinox launched in 2009 as 2010 models. Combined sales of the two entries in the small SUV segment have grown every year since, with sales more than doubling from 138,248 units in 2009 to 283,491 units in 2011. Through the first nine months of 2012, General Motors leads the segment in sales, ahead of the Honda CR-V, the Kia Sportage/Hyundai Tucson and the Ford Escape.

"Small SUVs attract buyers with diverse personal preferences but a common need for space and versatility," said Alan Batey, vice president of GM Sales, Service and Marketing. "With Equinox and Terrain, we can deliver on those core attributes while offering two very different design and packaging propositions. Chevrolet and GMC are both stronger brands with these vehicles in their showrooms."

For the 2013 model year, the Equinox and Terrain offer voice-activated connectivity and an optional 301-horsepower V-6. The Terrain Denali also joined the lineup in 2013.

Forward Collision Alert, the industry's single-camera crash avoidance system, debuted earlier this year on the two vehicles and was recently named a Popular Mechanics "Top 10 Tech Breakthrough of 2012."

According to Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, the CUV segment will increase 8 to 10 percent in sales by 2015 as consumers continue to seek fuel-efficiency, utility and affordability in a single package.

In addition to GMC and Chevrolet production in Ingersoll, the Equinox is produced at facilities in Oshawa, Ontario and Spring Hill, Tenn.

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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      LBFTPSEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2nd gen of the Equinox and the Terrain are very handsome and well built vehicles. Kudos to GM on this great model. I see so many of them driving around. It really shows that buyers flock to a great engineering feat with great value. It's a smooth ride, lots of cargo room, and gets fuel mileage figures at the top of its class. And if it's designed and built in north america, that's just icing on the cake.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      with 40K happy miles on my Terrain, I can say it performs & fits better than any vehicle i have ever owned in all my 65+ years of driving & wrenching. My first car was a 10 year old 37 ford.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before the Captiva was sold here, TONS of these things were dumped on fleets. I am not surprised they hit that number at all.
        boardin85
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Yeah, it was all fleet dumping early on. That's why 'nox/terrain sales have fallen off a cliff since the Captiva has taken over fleet duty.... oh wait, that's completely wrong. Sales have gone up each year and they are adding a 3rd assembly plant. I guess sales are just pretty damn good. Your bias and/or troll is showing
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @boardin85
          There is no bias. Check the fleet sales ratio. Fleets still prefer the Equinox/Terrain since it will hold its value better when they are rotated. Fleets don't want to purchase vehicles that will be harder to sell and recoup less of the initial expense. But that's fine, keep on down rating me for being correct.
          boardin85
          • 2 Years Ago
          @boardin85
          If you've got a source showing a high fleet sales ratio, let's see it.
      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      1,00,000 units! 990,000 of which went straight into the rental fleet.... ;)
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      All they are is a unibody car with 4wd. Neither has any real off road abilities. Jeep has a huge opportunity if they would go back to the cherokee formula from 10 years ago. That was a great truck.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Yes, because solid axles and terrible fuel economy is exactly what people want over a decade later.
        Erik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Dude, the Cherokee was freaking awesome, but it was unibody as well.
      bubba_roe
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one ugly POS. Nice square fenders.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      "and a new, more powerful V6 added to the lineup should help to sell a few more units each month." I doubt it. They can't give the V6 models away and actually have incentives for V6 models.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        That's because the current V6 is a worthless upgrade. The new V6 is a significant improvement.
        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        I wish GM would have VVT, SIDI and iVVL in all of their I4's and VVT, SIDI, AFM and iVVL to all of their V6's and V8's! The 2.5L will be in the Nox'/Terrain, but not until 2016! I want a 4.3L V6 and a Denali with a 5.3L! GM started the production of their 10 speed transmission, so that would be a nice touch too! GM needs to redo their engine lineup. Replace the aging V6's with turbo 4's. I3's and I4's have VVT, SIDI and iVVL. V6's and V8's have VVT, SIDI, AFM and iVVL. I3's and I4's- 1.0L Turbo I3 with 125HP and 135LB-FT 1.2L TUrbo I3 with 145HP and 150LB-FT 1.4L Turbo I4 with 175HP and 195LB-FT 1.6L Turbo I4 with 210HP and 230LB-FT 1.8L Turbo I4 with 240HP and 275LB-FT 2.0L Turbo I4 with 280HP and 305LB-FT 2.5L TDI I4 with 170HP and 280LB-FT 2.8L TDI I4 with 185HP and 350LB-FT V6's- 2.8L S/C V6 with 350HP and 380LB-FT 3.0L T/T V6 with 460HP and 485LB-FT 4.3L V6 with 320HP and 310LB-FT 4.5L TDI V6 with 330HP and 525LB-FT V8's- 5.3L V8 with 365HP and 390LB-FT 6.2L V8 with 455HP and 470LB-FT 7.0L V8 with 505HP and 485LB-FT 6.6L TDI V8 with 400HP and 770LB-FT
      Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive this car and i get 27MPG city and nearly 30 MPG when in ECO mode...i love the interiors and especially the cargo space...the numbers always show!!!
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Harry
        Thanks for the compliment on the interior!
        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Harry
        27 mpg city? I highly doubt it! My grandma's AWD 2.4L Terrain only gets 23 mpg city (on a good day with a tail wind). She gets 31 hwy, which is better than the EPA's 29! She loves taking corners with it! I like flooring it to see how fast the 2.4 can really go!
      kingrat001
      • 2 Years Ago
      A neighbor has at Terrain, and he says it's been great, but I think the thing is hideously ugly, mostly due to those really odd fender flares. I guess they wanted it to look "unique", and if that's what they wanted, they hit a home run.
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