General Motors has a lot riding on the fourth-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. One of its most profitable vehicles, the Silverado continues to finance future work at GM, such as electric vehicles and self-driving technologies. For the 2019 model year, production changes are afoot, and consumers can expect more crew cab models.
Automotive News reported on Tuesday that GM will boost production of crew-cab models in response to the configuration’s booming popularity. GM product chief, Mark Reuss, said the automaker has been “constrained” in recent years with regards to the four-door trucks, but “We’re solving things like that,” he added.
According to sales data, crew cabs have become 60 percent of GM’s truck sales, up from 50 percent in 2013. Currently, crew cab models hail from Mexico, while regular and double-cab pickups come from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Flint, Michigan.
GM announced last year that it would move truck axle production from Mexico to the U.S. as part of a $1 billion investment in U.S. manufacturing. It’s unclear if more crew cab trucks will be made in America, however. GM reportedly spent $3 billion total to retool its plants for the 2019 Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra.
We’ll have full details on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado live from the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Chevy will hold an offset media event this Saturday. Stay tuned.