GM to Move More Half-Ton Production from Mexico to Michigan

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In the heated atmosphere of the upcoming presidential election there have been passionate discussions about the economy and automotive jobs leaving the U.S. Moving jobs in the opposite direction, it looks like GM will bring much of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 production from Silao, Mexico, to Flint, Mich.

According to The Detroit News, a memo from United Auto Workers Local 598 to its members announced that GM will be moving extra production of these two popular models from Mexico to the Flint Assembly Plant, which currently produces heavy- and light-duty pickups.

GM makes half-ton and heavy-duty pickups in three plants: two in the U.S. (Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana and Flint Assembly) and one in Silao — northwest of Mexico City and east of Guadalajara in central Mexico. GM has not made an official announcement about adding production to the Flint plant yet, but it did announce an $877 million investment in the plant last year.

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Right right right.

In the 2009 video GM bashed the bedside steps on the F-150. Howie long called it a jumpshot and said it doesn't fix the problem. Fastforward to 2014 and GM adds retractable bedside steps and raised the bed height. Now they have 4 mansteps on each Silverado.

From the GM showcases stragety to make a lighter Silverado: "Extensive use of aluminum" after running commercials that bashed aluminum.

GM is all in with the 10 speed trannies.

And finally GM wants an egoboost after bashing it.

Lets also not forget GM fanbois bashed the Toyota and Ford warranty and now they match Toyota and Ford.

Also bashed the Ram heated wheel. A couple years later GM adds a heated wheel.

This is becoming a pttern. I don't care if GM copies. But when they bash a feature and then end up copying it, this reaks of desperation.

I remember the posts from the GM fans saying they didn't care if their truck was made in Mexico and they even claimed it was better built because it was made in Mexico. Lets see how fast they change their tune.

GM. The copy cat company.

Perhaps the move back to the United States is more than political posture. Although when the master beckons (government) the subject(government motors) is inclined to fulfill the wishes.
I am inclined to think that Chevy Shake is the root of this move. This is becoming quite the problem.

Give it some time and you will long for the days that any truck was made in North America. Eventually most vehicles made regardless of brand will be made in China and other Asian countries. I seriously doubt that a truck made in Mexico is any worse in quality than in the USA. I am glad that GM is moving more truck production to the USA but I would not say that a worker in Mexico is not any less qualified than a worker in the US or Canada.

And finally GM wants an egoboost after bashing it.

Posted by: Frank sez | May 31, 2016 4:34:12 PM

Haha! GM already has an egoboost, the 6.2 V8, the most powerful engine offered in a half ton pick-up.

@ GMSRNOTGREAT - 6.2 V8 days are numbered; Ford's new updated eco-boost 6 banger will blow it out of the water & then some...

Uh, GM already has a 6.2 (think Camaro and Corvette) that has more power than the rumored 450 that the new Ecoboost will have. There is more in the tank- trust me.

Show me a sbf head that will flow with an ls head (factory spec).
Show me a sbf block (Windsor or Cleveland) that will handle the power an LS block with 6-bolt mains. Oh wait, those old motors didn't have them.

Ford's new updated eco-bust 6 banger will blow it out of the water & then some...
Posted by: Lionel | May 31, 2016 6:27:38 PM

Lionel is right...key words are "banger" and "blow"....

All your comments are just wrong. And your waisting everyone's time, Just stop posting your junk or post some real proof not just what you think is the truth.

"give it time and you will long for the day..."

@Jeff S

Someday we won't care about (or miss) trucks any more than you'd miss an old horse and buggy. In the 1880s everybody had a buggy or wagon that a mule or horse could pull. Today it's a museum piece.

Same for trucks, or these prosaic concerns about where they are assembled. Investment and discovery will find the markets and the conditions most attractive for growth.

The inventions of tomorrow will replace the iPhone and the latest hybrid plugins with all sorts of marvelous stuff that our children and grandchildren will all be aching to have.

Being concerned about where your gas powered truck is made will sound like someone in 1910 wondering about horseless carriages.

@papa jim--Most likely. In a generation or two most will care more about if the vehicle drives them and if it has the latest technology, made in the USA will mean absolutely nothing. Many of the younger generation just as soon not drive. One of my next door neighbors sons graduated from high school about 3 years ago and his parents made him take driver's lessons--he did not care to learn how to drive. As for the vehicles most younger people drive it is usually a used Corolla, Civic, Hyundai, Accord, or Camry. I could not wait to drive and was driving my Dad's 62 Chevy II to high school with the agreement that I did the maintenance. Much different times.

Jeff S - part of the issue is many young people are getting out of school with too much debt and cannot afford a decent vehicle. There are many who don't have an interest in cars/trucks of any kind. More of the populace is concentrated in larger urban centres and that also weights upon the need for a vehicle.

I've been letting my sons have a go at driving off and on the last few years when in the back country. My oldest son is interested in 60's and 70's era muscle cars and any performance machine. My other son could care less.

We got off topic a little, but the story about GM halftons and Mexico is partly due to soft demand.

If you're GM, why take on the additional cost of building half ton trucks offshore if you can use existing capacity in Michigan or Indiana (states that will happily incent car makers to build--or upgrade--new plants in those states) when economic conditions in the US and Canada are still rather soft.

When will Ford stop following and coping GM is what you should of said.

Posted by: johnny doe | May 31, 2016 4:17:50 PM

This idiot can even spell nor write a decent sentence. Damn monkey.

Why does GM keep copying Ford?
Posted by: Greg | May 31, 2016 1:57:41 PM

Because Ford comes up with decent ideas but fails to make them work. Other companies, such as GM and Chrysler see how Ford screws up and makes a better, higher quality version of it. If the SBF was so great, why doesn't Ford still make a pushrod V8? They abandoned it for the POS Modular V8 that took them over a decade to make decent power without a giant blower.

Personally I hope other auto companies decide not to follow Ford's aluminum path. The new F-150's are military grade failures. Complete junk.

@papa jim--Yes we have gotten off topic but it does strike to the heart of why younger people are not as interested in vehicles. Lou_BC brought up a valid point that many get out of college with student debt which is true but many of the younger generation feel less of a need to drive when they can use electronic gadgets.

Much of the return to making trucks domestic is the utilization of existing production facilities that previously have made cars. Demand for sedans has decreased to a greater demand for CUVs, SUVs, and pickups. Chrysler plans on outsourcing the production of their compact and midsize cars and Ford is going to produce the Focus and Fiesta in Mexico. The outsourcing of less profitable vehicles allows the manufacturers to utilize these domestic plants to produce trucks which are more profitable and which are in more demand. Also having a domestically based plant it is easier to change the production to meet the demand. The closer to where the market is the quicker the manufacturer can get the supply to the market. Utilize your US plants to make the most profitable and higher demand product. It is also smart to appeal to the "made in the USA" which appeals to truck buyers more than most car buyers. This is a smart move by GM.

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