General Motors’ pickup strategy will include the current-generation 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and 2018 GMC Sierra, and their new home will be in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Automotive News reported on Wednesday that Oshawa’s new products will indeed be the current full-size pickup trucks, but not the next-generation 2019 models.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra will stay in the United States at the Flint, Michigan, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, plants. Previous documents stated the current pickups will wear a slightly tweaked nameplate to differentiate themselves from the next-generation trucks; the Silverado will become the “Silverado Legacy” and the Sierra will wear the “Sierra Limited” nameplate. All options and powertrains will remain for the current pickups.
“Oshawa will be building current model (K2) pickups that helps us meet customer demand while we are in transition to next-generation (T1) pickups,” GM Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright told the publication. “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.”
Oshawa will build around 60,000 trucks a year, according to CEO Mary Barra’s remarks during a recent investor meeting.
The investment and truck production gives the Oshawa plant much needed security. In 2016, Oshawa feared the worst after no additional production was scheduled for the plant after Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala, and Chevrolet Equinox production moved or ended.
Wright added, “The length of the program in Oshawa will be dependent on market demand.”
Canadian union president Jerry Dias also told the outlet he doesn’t know when the truck production will end, but he remained confident in GM’s previous investment.
“They are being very careful about what they are announcing right now. But they have invested a fortune in Oshawa,” Dias said. “Right now the commitment is to the existing portfolio. More decisions will be made.”