GM's Midsize Pickup Plant Gets More Upgrades

GMWentzvilleInvestment II

Construction is set to begin at GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant in July in order to accommodate a third stamping plant. The extra press will allow the plant more flexibility in the production of the new midsize Chevy and GMC pickup trucks due out for the 2015 model year.

The $133 million upgrade brings the grand total of the Missouri plant, which used to produce the full-size Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans, to more than $500 million. The extra stamping plant will add another 114,000 square feet to the Wentzville Assembly and Stamping facility, and presumably allow GM to be more efficient about which cab configurations and wheelbases it can produce.

"Our investment in a third stamping press is a win for the business, Wentzville employees and our customers," said Larry Zahner, manufacturing manager for GM North America, in a statement. "Stamping parts where we assemble vehicles improves manufacturing efficiency and contributes to the high level of quality our customers deserve."

Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts. The new press will increase the plant's capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.

Expect the new midsize pickups to follow the Silverado/Sierra playbook when they get closer to their rollout and debut dates. GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson has been quoted as saying the new 2014 half-ton pickups are "probably our best launch ever."

For the full press release, click here.

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Comments

That's a sharp looking truck! For the first time ever I'm actually liking that color.
Toyota will have a formidable opponent when these new trucks arrive next year.

Wow that truck looks BAD. Whats with the goofy role bar looking thing?

Yeah, what's with that Avalanche style ugly plastic crap?

With the last spy shots it will look noticeably different than what is shown in the picture (grille kind of like the new Silverado). GM has said that it won't share any of the new Silverado engines (I think that is disappointing). That rules out the new 4.3 which would have been a great choice and easily class leading. Hopefully they don't go the route of putting a car engine in it (3.6 V6). So I am holding out hope that they use a a sawed off 5.3 (4.0 Ecotec3 V6 ?).

@ Mike: remember that most people thought the 1997 "jellybean" F-150 was pretty ugly, and how many were sold then? Several hundred thousand, I think. It does look a bit too much like a Traverse, IMO, but I would also say looking a little "un-trucky" while still having truck capabilities and excellent fuel economy is superior to the current Colorado, which looks very much like a conventional pickup, but has much less going for it in the way of capability and efficiency.

I don't see any "role bar," but there does appear to be a sort of bed cover/cab arch sort of like on the Avalanche. Hopefully (and probably) this will be an option on certain trim levels, rather than standard.

Oh and the Avalanche-like plastic will more than likely not make it to production. I think that was part of the concept.

Ehh I kinda like it. Looks pretty cool if it sells hopefully it will get Ford back in small truck game.

I will give GM credit when due! This is a great looking Mid size truck & deserves my accolades! Hats off to GM for being in the Mid Size truck market! Are you listening Ford?

The plastic trim on top of the bed wall gives the illusion of a taller bed. Here the Colorado has low bed walls that sit much lower than the window sills.

It looks a little odd, as if the bed was adapted from another vehicle.

The front is different and will grow on you. As for the 'truck' like appearance. A truck isn't determined by how it looks. But what it can achieve and it purpose.

I hope the interiors are better in the US than what we are getting.

As for engines I hope you get the 2.8 diesel. The 3.6 isn't any less a 'truck' engine than other engines on offer in pickups.

Many car engines are used in pickups. To make a 'truck' like engine all you have to do is change the characteristic of the engine, which isn't hard, ie, torque and power curve.

Looks like a equinox with a truck bed.

@ (the newly tagged)TRX-4 Tom, DenverMike, HemiV8, zveria and how can we forget lautenslager the guerilla marketer. What about Tom Terrific, Tom Lemon also.

Why did you need a new tag? :-)

Why?

When you don't have the intellect or ability to debate a person down, what do you do? Become aggresive, when that doesn't work?

Become a multi-poster, multi-poster, multi-poster, multi-poster, multi-poster, multi-poster, hence your alias lautenslager tag? Who's paying you?

I will not relent, and I will make you earn your money, every marketing penny. You are finding out all jobs are not as easy as you thought.

Maybe you should have gotten a diploma or a degree. You could have a real job.

You ain't as smart and clever as you would like to think.

I do know how to get under your skin.

Look at your multipost response above.

Like I have stated get off of this site.

Breaking news. Googling infromation will show that DenverSpin may not be a US citizen after all. Is he living in California illegally?

@DenverSpin
Do you live in Bannaland?

You claim to have gone to Spain 36 times in your life.

Even googling information will show you that your views are very outlandish.

Also, DenverDunce, interpret what I have written, don't put spin on it and troll like a loser.

Googling infromation will show that DenverSpin may not be a US citizen after all. Is he living in California illegally?

Remember Apollo 13 is watching:)

Personally, I prefer the more primary colors rather than these washed-out, hide in the fog, invisible in the rain silvers and treys. I had this same color on a 1986 Buick and while it looked good on that car, it looks ugly on a truck.

I am looking forward to seeing what mid-sized trucks are coming in the future and I sorely pray that they're not full-size wannabes when that market is already stuffed with full sized trucks. Bring these things back down to a reasonable size--something that can actually fit in the garage even if it is an extended cab model. There is a need. There is a demand. Stop ignoring half you market!

@Paul aka DenverDetroit,
Why do you persist?

It appears the UAW lies and misinforms. You still are bullying and trying to use stand over tactics. Look at what you are trying to do to me.

You guys obviously think I'm a problem or you would not go to the lengths you go to multiposting under my name or writing blogs that will attract a response.

Trash America? I doubt it, I'll not talk something up or distort and mislead. Are you telling me that the US is in fine shape?

Read your above comment on tax. How much taxation was used to pay out your UAW pensions? Americans on little income are paying for your poor decisions. And you don't even accept responsibility, its always someones else's fault.

Explain that to my cousin who is needy and requires insulin.

You UAW guys will lie and misinform. You will tarnish and destroy if you don't get your way.

I might not see the US in the eyes of the UAW. But how well did you guys see it. You are selfish and don't give a damn about your fellow Americans.

Look at Detroit, you done a fine job in that city. How can we expect you to make responsible decisions for a whole country without ruining it.

@ReginaMichelle, aka Denver le Merde and the plethora of othernames you come under.
You are one f#@ked up puppy. Have a look at the stuff you do. Are you in a asylum with net access?

Do you feel empowered? Were you bullied when young? Maybe Alex can help. But I think a psychiatrist is more the way, they can prescribe the appropriate medication.

I'm glad you aren't one of my subordinates.

Do you work and have you ever worked. Or does the Canadian government provide support for people like you that are dependent on medication and can't interact with other humans effectively.

@Apollo 13
DenverMike claims to be a Spaniard, Maybe he's an illegal from south of the border and has infiltrated Canada.

We had better alert Lou, because the average IQ of Canada has dropped several notches since his arrival.

Thanks for the pics. I can't wait to see a dually mid-size truck.

Y hope they have a diesel.woaaaa

@BLang - It will get a freshened up nose, thankfully, but the Colorado will be a big hit in the flyover states especially and lots of government fleets. This is where Toyota and Nissan fail.

Hopefully it does get the 3.6 V6. That would make it the 1st mid-size to get a 300+ HP & Tq gas V6. And it would force Toyota/Nissan to step up their game. A regular cab Colorado short bed with a 300+ HP V6 and 6 speed manual would be a damn fast. Of course they wouldn't offer it in a reg cab. Now the if GM puts the new 5.3 V8 and manual trans in it, even an extended cab, that would be a frickin Hot Rod!

@BAFO - Awwww.... Do I upset you? Do I get under your skin? THEN I WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Big Baby from Oz -

Stop trolling. Birth in Spain does not confer citizenship. You must have at least one parent who is a citizen or who is legally settled there. No European country confers birthright citizenship.

The US and Canada are virtually the only developed countries that confers birthright citizenship. To my knowledge he was born there because his parents were there for a job that went out of business and he moved back to the US when he was 1. He is American.

@BAfO:

Jeezus christ, can you give it a rest...? You and those you rail against have ruined this site. Dude...just stop.

I'm not sure that I like it. It could be the photo angle combined with the colour. It will be interesting to see how this truck fares once it hits North America.

As for the truck...any competition for the Taco is a good thing. The rumors of the midsize truck's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Not everybody needs a 6000-pound land yacht...

I just want to congratulate UAW Local 2250 and the Wentzville workers.

@Jason H.
If you had any sense you would realise I'm not the person to target.

The multiple post being generated in my name isn't my problem. Maybe the administrator should be the person you can whine to.

I have lodged complaints of my own, to no avail.

If you think you can do better, give it a go. I'm all for it.

The 2.8 litre Italian VM would be a great choice in the Colorado. If you don't have the room to park a full size in your garage and you tow it would be an excellent compromise.

In Australia the Colorado can tow about 7 800lbs, very usable and economy to boot. Here the engine is pushing out 350ftlb or torque.

The little Italian VM diesel was also being considered for the CTS Caddy, I would think the engine would have been developed to generate more power and torque than the Colorado diesel.

If that is the case a Silverado or GMC 1/2 ton would benefit from the little VM 2.8 litre 4 cyl engine. It can tow as much as a V8 and have better economy than any current gas engine.

People can laugh at this, but the Nissan are looking at the ISF 2.8 diesel for the Titan. I think it will be as good or better pickup than what is coming from the Big 3.

The 2.8 litre Italian VM would be a great choice in the Colorado. If you don't have the room to park a full size in your garage and you tow it would be an excellent compromise.

In Australia the Colorado can tow about 7 800lbs, very usable and economy to boot. Here the engine is pushing out 350ftlb or torque.

The little Italian VM diesel was also being considered for the CTS Caddy, I would think the engine would have been developed to generate more power and torque than the Colorado diesel.

If that is the case a Silverado or GMC 1/2 ton would benefit from the little VM 2.8 litre 4 cyl engine. It can tow as much as a V8 and have better economy than any current gas engine.

People can laugh at this, but the Nissan are looking at the ISF 2.8 diesel for the Titan. I think it will be as good or better pickup than what is coming from the Big 3.

The 2.8 litre Italian VM would be a great choice in the Colorado. If you don't have the room to park a full size in your garage and you tow it would be an excellent compromise.

In Australia the Colorado can tow about 7 800lbs, very usable and economy to boot. Here the engine is pushing out 350ftlb or torque.

The little Italian VM diesel was also being considered for the CTS Caddy, I would think the engine would have been developed to generate more power and torque than the Colorado diesel.

If that is the case a Silverado or GMC 1/2 ton would benefit from the little VM 2.8 litre 4 cyl engine. It can tow as much as a V8 and have better economy than any current gas engine.

People can laugh at this, but the Nissan are looking at the ISF 2.8 diesel for the Titan. I think it will be as good or better pickup than what is coming from the Big 3.

@Apollo 13
DenverMike claims to be a Spaniard, Maybe he's an illegal from south of the border and has infiltrated Canada.

We had better alert Lou, because the average IQ of Canada has dropped several notches since his arrival.

Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Jun 27, 2013 7:23:16 PM

Huh? BAFO is trolling.

@DenverMike
Yeah I'm glad that the US version will look more like a Chevy truck (than a chevy car / crossover). It should look pretty sharp.
@DenverMike and @Big Al
No doubt the 3.6 would get the job done in that truck. Peak torque though would probably be less than 280 lb-ft (which is plenty for the size of course) at a higher RPM than a V6 based on the Chevy small block. And it would be cool if someone finally put a diesel in a small truck around here. . . of course the choice would be the 2.8.

Congratulations to the UAW and GM North America.

@Tom Lemon - for what?
The Colorado was designed by Brazilians and was tested and Built in Thailand. All that GM North America contributed was a re-skin and a nameplate.

@BigAlfromOz - as Denver has pointed out - he has gotten under your skin and has you upset. That is a win. It also is a "double win" since you are the one being labelled a troll.

You have many positive things to say, the best course of action is to say it without any name calling or accusations and learn to leave it at that.

You are just hurting yourself and I'm saying that because I respect your opinions and point of view.

If you are being targeted by multi-posting then the best approach is not to accuse since that also makes you look bad. When ever I see a fake post under my name I point out the fake post and leave it at that.

I too have complained and it still happens.

This site needs to step up policing.

PUTC looses much credibility especially since they had said they'd clean it up............................

or do they just care about the number of "hits" and nothing else?

Lou, Read the press release, goof!

Wentzville is the home for GM’s full-size vans – the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana – and is undergoing construction for production of GM’s next-generation midsize pickups, the
Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

This investment adds to the $380-million investment GM announced in November 2011 to prepare the plant for midsize pickup production. “Our investment in a third stamping press is a win for the business, Wentzville employees and
our customers,” said Larry Zahner, manufacturing manager, GM North America. “Stamping parts where we assemble vehicles improves manufacturing efficiency and contributes to the high level of quality our customers deserve.”

Wentzville Assembly employs approximately 2,000 employees across two shifts. The new press will increase the plant’s capacity in stamping fenders, doors and other key components for the new pickups and full-size vans.

“I want to congratulate UAW Local 2250 and the Wentzville workers for their ongoing commitment to delivering quality vehicles,” said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs
the union’s GM Department. “This investment further demonstrates the confidence GM has in this team and its hard work in serving our customers.”

@Tom Lemon - I did read the press release and what did the UAW contribute?
Congratulations are in order for increased production in the USA but the reality of the situation is that R&D happened offshore.
The reality of the situation is North America had little to contribute to the Colorado.

There are many who are upset about the decline of the manufacturing sector in the USA. Read the Domestic Content story. There are links that clearly show UAW versus Mexican wages. UAW wages/benefits and legacy costs push manufacturing to other countries coupled with corporate greed.

The USA is involved in free trade negotiations with Thailand and the UAW and many congressmen do not want automobiles on the table. Why pay UAW wages and benefits when it can be imported directly from Thailand?

I'm sure that you read the UAW newsletter concerning that fact.

I will also state to BAFO if he had any clue of what he was talking about he would know the pic above in this article aint it and is old news. That's a pic from 2011 of the concept. The same concept that was unveiled in 2011 in Thailand and Wentzville.

I will also say to Lou stop trying to prove how un-American something is just because you don't care for the USA are from Canada. It's getting old.

The Thai-built Colorado was in part designed by GM North America; however, the U.S. spec updated model will be drastically different from the global Thai-built Colorado. GM said Chevrolet will launch an updated version of the new Colorado in the U.S., which will meet all U.S. standards. The updated version will then move to other key markets.

I don't work for the UAW.

You don't want to congratulate the workers and you dislike the United States, that is your call, but let me have my say.

I want to congratulate UAW Local 2250 and the Wentzville workers for their ongoing commitment to delivering quality vehicles.

@Tom Lemon
Vehicles standards that arre lobbied and enforced by the UAW to ensure as little competition is available.

This reduces the American public to choose essentially to what the UAW wants the American public to buy. Those vans aren't they protected by technical barriers, chicken tax, etc?

The UAW is anti competition, period. You know if you had to compete you would lose your empire, that's what it is all about.

Foreign companies can build cars in the US quite competitively. When they came into the US market it forced the Big 3 to improve quality. You guys went screaming all the way to the negotiating tables, always with tactics to try and force your views.

Why isn't the UAW financially responsible for any of the errors made by the Big 3? You can't be, can you? It seems to be other's that cause your grief. You are the underdogs.

If a company goes under and a union is involved in that company the union should cough up cash to revive the company. You always want a say, but don't want to be accountable for your greed and poor decision making.

You want to debate on global standards?

I've read your stuff and dealt with you before Denver, remember that.

@Lou
Thanks, for your comment and advice.

I don't think they have gotten under my skin as much as they don't want me to blog on this site. My comments and insight worries them.

They are worried that I might provide alternative ideas that conflict with their agenda.

Because of this I will continue to provide external input. There more than one way to skin a cat.

By the way, I'm not anti union, I'm pro-competition as you can tell from my blogs.

Like any sport competition brings out the best.

read ALL of the comments on this link concerning Ram you will notice a name of a contributor
what role do you play at Ram Mr. Tom Lemon
who says P.U.T.C. doesn't have the UAW commenting
interesting stuff

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130301/AUTO0101/303010342

tom lemon=denvermike?

read ALL of the comments on this link concerning Ram you will notice a name of a contributor
what role do you play at Ram Mr. Tom Lemon
who says P.U.T.C. doesn't have the UAW commenting
interesting stuff

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130301/AUTO0101/303010342

tom lemon=denvermike?

tom lemon=denvermike?

This story has nothing to do with the looks of the new Colorado, yet the first ten, count them, ten comments reference how it looks. Let's focus on the real story: that GM will be producing not just trucks, but jobs with this expansion.

Besides that, looks don't matter. It's been well established that Americans do not buy trucks based on looks. They buy based on capability. They'd buy a 1/2 ton Mitsubishi Triton lookalike with a spoiler on the bed that only came in pink and purple as long as it had a diesel, put out 450 ft-lbs of torque, got 26mpg highway, sat 5, and towed 15000 lbs.

@Michael
Where are there 1/2 ton Mitsubishi Tritons? Do they exist?

Use google, it's your friend :)

The first gen Chevy Colorado was jointly designed by GM's Brazil operations and did very poorly.

If they want it to be a semi-hit they'll have to ensure that their trucks get good crash test ratings.

It’s unlikely that a North American version of the Colorado would offer a diesel engine because of strict U.S. emissions regulations and the cheap price of gas.

@Big Al From Oz

There are no 1/2 ton Tritons. It's just a hypothetical truck I made up to make a point.



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