The rumors of large SUV’s impending death appear to have been greatly exaggerated, as General Motors has been running full Saturday shifts to its Arlington, Texas plant – the assembly site of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
With sales of General Motors’ large SUVs rocketing away, the Dallas News reports that the plant went so far as to add an overtime shift on a recent Sunday as well. “We haven’t seen these kinds of [sales] numbers since early 2008,” Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban marketing manager Mark Clawson told the Dallas News.
Most noteworthy is buyer interest in high-end models of General Motors’ large SUVs. Clawson told the Texas news source that 53 percent of Tahoe buyers and 67 percent of Suburban buyers are driving off of dealer lots in top-of-the-line LTZ models.
While demand for the big SUVs is currently high, there’s no telling if or when the market might shift. Nevertheless, Clawson was quoted as saying that he believes the demand for the General’s latest crop of large SUVs will last. “With all the pent-up demand and these fantastic new products, I think sales will stay high for a while.”