General Motors plans to build the current K2-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra through the end of the year, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The publication reported GM told its dealers production of the last-generation trucks, being sold as the Chevrolet Silverado Legacy and GMC Sierra Limited, will go through the year’s end. It’s unclear how long the program will span, but the automaker has continuously been careful about the production announcements surrounding the trucks.
In December 2017, GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker would build 60,000 trucks per year at the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario, Canada. The trucks’ assembly at Oshawa gave the facility a much-needed lifeline as the plant feared closure without any new product slated.
However, a GM Canada spokesperson offered up few specifics on the timeline saying, “This strategy will help us meet customer demand as we transition our production and introduce our exciting new models into the market starting later in 2018. The length of the program in Oshawa will be dependent on market demand.”
Canadian union president Jerry Dias also admitted he didn’t know when GM would pull the plug on K2 truck production in Canada.
The previous-generation trucks also come with major incentives at dealerships. While dealers begin to receive the first 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra models, GM is offering over $9,000 in rebates on the 2018 Silverado 4WD double-cab model and a lease rate of $126 per month for 24 months with $999 down. Another GMC dealer is matching a GMC incentive of $6,500 cash back to take $13,000 off the price of a 2018 Sierra SLT crew-cab.
Stephen Gilchrist, dealer operator at Gilchrist Automotive, said many buyers come to check out the 2019 models, but end up buying a 2018 truck instead.
“The majority of the customers will come in to investigate the 2019 and end up with the 2018 because of the combination of value and great features,” said Gilchrist. “Ram is doing the same thing. It helps them ramp up and they don’t lose any sales as they are building up the new inventory.”