The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are bread-and-butter products for General Motors, continuing to be in high demand, so much so that the company is reported to be re-evaluating where it will produce them in the future.
Currently, the GM Theta crossovers are built at the GM Canada CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, where the facility is producing at capacity, along with overflow production facilitated by the Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. But demand for the vehicles is at the point that spillover production is even being sent to GM’s facility in Spring Hill, Tennessee, while the company is mulling shifting the entire production from CAMI to either Tennessee or perhaps even Mexico. That being the case, CAW workers have elected for early negotiations to begin for a new labor contract at the CAMI plant, all in an effort to keep Equinox and Terrain production at the plant. GM originally approached the CAW about early negotiations in January.
While the future of Equinox and Terrain production remains up in the air, General Motors may have to find dedicated replacements for the vehicles to produce in Canada, if the decision is to move production southward. This is due to the fact that the company must adhere to keeping 16 percent of its North American vehicle production in Canada, as part of an agreement stemming from receiving C$10.8 billion from the Canadian government.
The next-generation Equinox and Terrain are expected to become smaller in size and ride on GM’s new D2XX vehicle architecture, which itself is a successor to the Delta platform current utilized by the Chevrolet Cruze, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, and the Buick Verano/Excelle, among others.