Building a modern pickup truck is no simple matter, as evidenced by this video showing the all-new 2020 Silverado HD – the one on the new GM T1 platform – being built at the GM Flint assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. Clocking in at three minutes in length, the video doesn’t cover every single detail of the assembly process, but it still provides an interesting overview on how the 2020 Silverado HD goes from a smattering of pieces to a complete pickup.
The video starts with already-stamped parts with exposed metal heading down the line and getting riveted. They’re then checked over for imperfections before hitting the paint shop, being submerged in a tub, and then getting sprayed with.
The video shows a multitude of robot arms swinging every which way as the components are fitted, plus (human) workers quality checking the results.
We then see the frame, already equipped with the engine and drivetrain, mated to the cab and bed. There’s also footage of the suspension testing and drivetrain testing, but that isn’t something that happens at the Flint plant. Rather, these tests were performed at a development facility during 2020 Silverado HD development.
No matter, seeing the production line doing its thing is impressive, and it reveals just how complicated the modern manufacturing process really is. And that’s for a body-on-frame pickup truck… since producing a unibody vehicle is even more complex.
The Chevrolet Silverado entered its all-new fourth-generation for the 2019 model year. The latest 2020 model year is set to arrive with a number of minor updates to the 2020 Silverado 1500 and Silverado Medium Duty 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD models, as well as a total redesign for the Silverado HD – which is the unit we’re seeing in this video.
The 2020 Silverado is produced across four plants, as follows.
|Plant:||GM Flint||GM Fort Wayne||GM Silao||Navistar Springfield|
|Location:||Flint, Michigan USA||Fort Wayne, Indiana USA||Silao, Mexico||Springfield, Ohio, USA|
|Silverado LD:||Silverado 1500||Silverado 1500||Silverado 1500|
|Silverado HD:||Silverado HD||Silverado HD|
|Sierra LD:||Sierra 1500||Sierra 1500||Sierra 1500|
|Sierra HD:||Sierra HD||Sierra HD|
|Silverado MD:||Silverado Medium Duty|