GM to Add 750 Jobs to Colorado/Canyon Plant

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Based on early orders from Chevrolet and GMC dealers, GM has decided to add a third shift to the Wentzville, Mo., plant to meet expected demand for its 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks.

According to The Detroit News, early dealer orders are about seven times what the manufacturer expected out of the gate. Whether those initial orders and the popularity of the "build your own" Chevy Colorado Web site will translate into actual sales remains to be seen.

The article also notes that some experts are predicting that the midsize pickup segment could grow by more than 20 percent over the next three years, during which the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline will all have newly designed and upgraded entries in the segment.

The Wentzville plant will produce certain models of GM's full-size vans as well as the two new midsize pickups. With three shifts running full speed, we have not heard how many small pickups that could mean but we're guessing the interest in the new truck could result in total combined sales close to the 100,000-unit mark after a full year on sale. GM's three-truck strategy will certainly make GM dealerships happy, and the town of Wentzville will benefit as well.

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Today's demand; seriously?

This will be the 300 day "over supply" two years from now. Just like the 2014 HD 2500/3500 over supply is now.

The house of cards will fall again.

Wow, this site is not blocking posts.

Pretty sad. I guess the clique is winning.

For those looking for a bit more details on GM’s new North American midsize trucks, today is your day. Because according to an official order guide, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon will produce a tame 200 horsepower from their base 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 191 foot-pounds of torque with a 4.10 axle ratio. Meanwhile, the optional V6 will churn out a more significant 305 hp and 269 lb-ft with a 3.42 axle ratio. Both ratings beat previous estimates.

The 2.8L Duramax set for the 2016 model year has yet to be officially rated. The 2.5L in Base and Work Truck form will feature a six-speed manual transmission, while V6 and all other trim levels will be graced with the automatic. And as far as capabilities go, the 2.5L-equipped models with an automatic transmission are given a 3,500-pound tow rating, while the V-6 models get a class-leading 7,000-pound tow rating. We still have to wait another year for the diesel, and we’re also not sure if these ratings follow the SAE J2807 towing standard.


Be careful of having links to back up your information this site is now blocking those posts.

The post above this one included the link to back up the information and the site keeps blocking all posts that contain a link to the site to back up you info.

I dropped the link and it posted the info. So don't ask for link or proof any more when this site refuses to allow the links in the post.

I am surprised it accepted the Motortrend link in that post as three other posts the site has blocked that contained the link to the site.

I posted those stats because they do show that tariffs have put upward pressure on small truck prices.

@LouBc

Agree about the tariffs, however, there are a multitude of other reasons why prices went up, starting with labor cost, energy cost, etc.

And, there was the product "creep." What started out as a very Spartan little affair ended up with power windows, standard AC, power steering, discs all around, electronic auto trans and many more.

Lastly, the original value proposition for the big 3 was the fact that the greasy bits under the truck were (in those days) the same as the greasy bits under the Ford Cortina, the Ford Pinto, etc. Ditto for GM and MoPar.

@Ram Big Horn- just curious, where are you coming up with the mileage ratings for the I-4 model? I don't believe the numbers have even been released yet. Regarding the sales of the new GM twins, when I say they will sell well, I don't mean they will outsell the FS trucks. I am saying they will definitely sell many more than the old Colorados/Canyons and they will sell close to 100,000 units a year which isn't too bad for a MS truck. And they will give the front runner Taco a run for the money. The reasons I think the new GM twins will sell well and better than the current MS choices are: 1) they get better gas mileage, 2) they are more powerful, 3) there will be a diesel model in 2016, 4) the current MS trucks haven't been updated in many years, 5) they offer the new Wi-FI technology everyone is looking for, 6) while I don't expect many Jap buyers (not many of them anyway) to move to GM, I do believe there are quite a few "neutral" Ford and Ram buyers who want a smaller MS truck but don't have that option with Ford or Ram, 7) there will be a decent number of crossover buyers who want a smaller truck with the latest in technology and the better MPG and they didn't have a good choice with the current old MS trucks, 8) the trucks are good looking, 9) there is a general movement for people moving to smaller, more effiicent vehicles, 10) early preorder sales of 42,000 for the Colorados and Canyons is a good start for a new vehicle. But only time will tell...

This seems worth mentioning in this post:
http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2015-chevrolet-colorado-gmc-canyon-begin-shipping-to-dealers.html
That means by next week, you should be able to literally kick tires at your local GM store.

I can't find the link now but a site had both the V-6 and the I -4 cylinder listed with the same fuel economy.

Don't you find it strange that the truck is now shipping and they still are not saying anything about the I-4 cylinders fuel economy which is required on the window sticker of these trucks.

Another funny bit of info is the V-6 is a $1,235 dollar option over the standard engine which is the 4 cylinder for the LT model on the Chevy build site.

@Rammed By little Horn 1500
Nice made up story about the I-4 MPG numbers, because they are not out yet. Good try though buddy good try.

They nay not be shipping 4cylinders initially- dealerships will want higher content trucks for retail customers. Once the initial demand is met, fleet orders will come on line, and that's when there'll be demand for the 4cyl. I would be surprised if the highway econ of the 4cyl is much (if any) better than the V6- swept volume for the 4cyl in 6th gear is 83% of the V6- that will only get it a minimal advantage. In the Tacoma, its 71% (man) and 73% (auto), so that should help more, but even then the automatic 4x4 gets the same hwy, while the Man 4x4 saves one whole mpg by going with the 4cyl.
Bigger factors are purchase price and insurance rates.

macintire: you say the Colorado is faster? Prove it. Where you getting your numbers from, compared to what Ram? Same configuration? 4x4 vs 4x4? Do you compare a "crew" Colorado to a crew Ram? The quad Ram has just as much interior room as the "crew" Colorado, all things considered. The quad has 1 inch less leg room then the crew Colorado. However, makes up for it in hip, shoulder, and head room. A crew Ram vs a crew Colorado is not even an even comparo, lol!

And this "Colorado can tow more than a Ram" lol, is that with the 3.21 gears in the Ram? I see you you compare!
We have seen the Silvy 4.3 can't tow as well as the Ram v-6, it's been compared, now you want to compare GMs car engined truck to a Ram, and said GM isn't J2807 certified? Have fun with that "old" 6 speed towing more than Ram, lol, it's slightly lighter, but the 7400 pounds the Ram v-6 tows is still 7400 pounds, and it will have a huge effect on the Colorados 7200 pound limit with its 6 speed.

In short, I expect better then 5% mileage gain if I was to go to a less capable smaller truck.

@ TRX Tommy

"Have fun with that "old" 6 speed towing more than Ram"

Why would you call it old?

Are the new jobs for first generation americans or people here on work visas to save costs?



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