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If you don't know the name Diana Tremblay, you will. She's in charge of the highly visible production plant changeovers for the coming full-size pickup trucks and full-size SUVs. And if you don't think her job is on the line with this series of launches, think again.
Reuters is reporting that the first of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks will go on sale sometime in the second quarter, so the global manufacturing chief will have to stay on top of all the plants as they attempt to completely retool and upgrade themselves in preparation for the new 2014 and 2015 products.
The article is published in today's Automotive News and has a lot to say about how important these full-size pickup and SUV launches are to GM. Regardless of what the naysayers are saying nowadays, the GM full-size pickups are still the No. 2-selling vehicle in the country and are reported by some to be responsible for as much as 60 percent (when platforms are considered, which would include the full-size SUVs) of the corporation's yearly profit.
For the full story on the plant changeover rollouts and how and where Tremblay made her way to this important position, click here.
We've also received a few more spy shots from our shooters in the Las Vegas desert. It looks like the new GM platforms and the various powertrains are undergoing severe hot-weather testing. Our guess is they're either just coming back from or on their way to Davis Dam for final prove-outs.
Spy photos from Brenda Priddy & Co.