Exclusive: Chevy Silverado HD Production Started Today At Oshawa Plant39
Production of the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD is now underway at GM’s Oshawa Assembly facility in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, GM Authority has learned. The 2022 Chevy Silverado HD is the first model to roll off the Oshawa line since the facility was shut down for retooling.
The GM Oshawa Assembly facility was originally slated to restart production early in the 2022 calendar year. However, GM later announced that things were moving ahead of schedule, and that production would restart later in 2021. Now, that day has arrived.
The GM Oshawa plant was closed in December of 2019, and was originally expected to be closed permanently. The plant first opened in 1953, and previously produced the Chevy Impala, Chevy Equinox, and Cadillac XTS, while also partially building the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 light duty pickups.
Following the announcement that the GM Oshawa plant would be permanently closed, discussions between GM and Canadian general trade union UNIFOR resulted in an agreement wherein GM would retool the facility to be opened later. Last year, General Motors announced that the facility would begin production of its Heavy Duty pickups as the first models to roll off the revamped assembly line, including the Chevy Silverado HD.
Previously, the facility was also responsible for producing face masks to help in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Space was also repurposed for autonomous vehicle testing.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado HD arrives as the third model year of the latest fourth-generation nameplate, introducing a few changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year. These include deletion of the Oxford Brown Metallic exterior paint option, as well as the addition of Greenstone Metallic to the paint options list. The latest model year also offers new 20-inch Machined face aluminum wheels with high gloss Black accents and beadlock appearance (RPO code SQ9) as an LPO-level option.
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Good for them, add some car production also..
A lot of American and Canadian GM buyers that bought trucks and Impala’s built in Oshawa Assembly know the that true quality products will roll out the door as has happened for the last 100 years ,we are glad they are back now . Now maybe Start building some EV’s or Cadillacs or Buick’s models to get you great quality ,as was produced and received in the past like the Equinox’s and Terrains that both used to be built at CAMI in Ingersoll Ont. and some trim finished in Oshawa before Detroit closing the plant originally in Oshawa!
When you have upwards of 2,000,000…….yes 2 MILLION sq/ft of idled buildings that you’re paying property tax and utilities on it makes sense to utilize it somehow. Add in the engineering facility and the new autonomous test track and I see an electrification future here. Good news for Oshawa.
That Oshawa facility is massive and way under utilized. I would not be surprised to see GM massively ramp pickup production there, but it won’t be EV pickups.
So Donavan why has GM in Canada built a new large EV new high tech track on the same property around at the rear of reinstated new HD truck plant in the Oshawa Assembly Plant yard in the last year,if E.V. SUV’s or trucks will never be built in Canada ?
That’s good They should be able to build enough H d’s for Canada and allow Flint to produce for the US
Flint cannot make enough for even USA demand. When the refreshed HD comes out late this year with upgraded interior and supercruise its going to set off an upgrade super cycle.
The other rumor making rounds the last month is that Flint will be the next factory to go EV, which makes no sense to me, but I have heard the rumor more than once and from credible people.
They used to make enough for N.America and for export plus the 1500 crew standard bed.
Prior to 2018 HD trucks were not solely built at Flint assembly. They were also assembled in Ft. Wayne and Canada. And Flint was running a line speed 10jobs per hour slower than they do now. So, no Flint never built enough trucks for North America by themselves. And these Oshawa built trucks will be shipped where ever in the world they are ordered, the same as any other gm product.
GM sells more HD’s now than ever before… Hence Flint not being able to keep up.
Flint will stay ICE until the bitter end. Flint builds the product generating the profit to push the rest of the company to EV.
I hope you are right, but that is not the rumor overheard by several media supposedly from Mark Reuss himself…. Have to wait and see this play out… I speculate from the rumors I have heard second hand GM might massively ramp Oshawa for all HD pickups and convert Flint to EV The people who overheard this say the announcement will come in the next year.
I think it makes more sense to build a new BT1 factory in Flint (or elsewhere?) and leave the HD pickup production where it is, using Oshawa as fill in production only. The only thing I know for sure is BT1, and battery production will be in the USA to take advantage of tax incentives.
Oshawa is going to start building light duty trucks next year. Oshawa is supposed to be fill in for both Flint (HD) and Fort Wayne (LD) as pickup demand is greater than ever and neither plant can build any more than they already do. I’m sure BT1 will be its own green field plant, after it outgrows Factory Zero in Detroit.
What a joke. Silverados built in Canada and Mexico. Hahaha.
Like most Fords…
All Ford F-Series trucks have been made in the US for at least the last decade. The truck plants are located in Dearborn, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Avon Lake, Ohio; and Claycomo, Missouri
You’re an idiot
Hopefully they have chips for these and not just making more to sit in a field somewhere waiting for parts.
Flint Assembly hasn’t shipped parts shy for a couple of months..
Hope that the new Duramax V8 with 505hp isn´t too far away.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
Ugh the hd is ugly don’t try and act like it’s not.
Oshawa built the best quality trucks in GM before being shut and sent Mexico to chase the almighty buck.
Are these trucks the brand new edition of the refresh 2022 models? To me, it does not make sense for GM to retool this plant to make the obsolete older model and then have to retool the plant for refresh models in 4 months.
I am seeing Silverado 1500’s and GMC 1500’s on the dealer lots now with 2022 window stickers. But the interior looks exactly the same. Did GM decide to hold off on the promised revamped interior on the 1500’s starting in 2022?
Yeah…. There is something about that front end that just does not look good to me…. A poor design in my opinion….
I have had a deposit for a 2022 since August 10th. I even have a VIN # for a truck already built but no computer chip. I wish they would complete old orders first then start building new ones. SMH!!!
Does your VIN start with a 1 (US assembly) or a 2 (Canadian Assembly)?
Oshawa has always built top quality vehicles. I am happy for reopening and retooling the plant. Helps our neighbors to the north !
The VIV starts with a 1. Is there a difference for the chips? So frustrating!
It’s nice to hear people are getting jobs. So does my August 18 built 2022 Chev 3500 high country ever get to leave Flint? Would be nice to clear out the inventory in Flint first. I guess I don’t fully understand things.
That one picture looks like they are finally treating the frame
They are not. It’s the same black wax coating on the frames since 2002, at least.
I ordered a fully loaded 2022 HD two weeks ago and my dealer just called me and said GM is eliminating heated seats and heated steering wheel. So I can’t get it on my new truck. I am going to pay $75K for a brand new fully loaded Silverado 2500HD and not be able to get my heated seats and steering wheel? Absolutely not, so I am cancelling the order and starting to look at the ford super duty. I am really disappointed. I have been a chevy guy through and through my entire life. Whats the point in ordering if you can’t get exactly what you want? The automakers have put themselves in a very tough spot relying on other countries for parts. I personally am pretty unhappy with GM right now.
Hi John…. I feel your frustration…..I would be angry too….. sorry to hear about the elimination of heated seats and steering wheel on your 2500HD..….. here in Canada, we need and have come to expect those options. If you had to make a down payment on the order, I hope you get your money back……
My only concern for you is that if you do switch to Ford or Dodge, those manufacturers might also have similar problems due to chip shortages…..and you might get stuck with the same problems…… Nevertheless I wish you success on getting a new truck…..whatever it is….. we are in the process of ordering a new 2022 suburban which might also fall victim to the same misfortune….. I just read that the pickup trucks and several smaller SUVs are also going to be without heated seats. Yes I know you can buy heated seat covers on Amazon, but of course its not the same as factory installed.
kindest regards…. Ron
I can’t imagine they would keep my deposit. The options were available when we made the order. You would think they would eliminate the option on new orders. Not existing orders. I can’t imagine many customers are going to be happy with them deleting items from a vehicle they specifically ordered. The really frustrating part is I searched for almost six months trying to find what I want with in a 2000 mile search with no luck before breaking down and ordering. So I am pretty much at my wits end. I am going to talk to the ford dealer Monday and if its the same problems I may just buy a 2 year old used one. Maybe a lease turn in or something. IDK. But I am surely not spending $75K unless I get exactly what I want. I have gotten a new silverado every 2 to 3 years for the last 30 years. What’s going on right now is completely absurd. Hopefully the auto makers have learned a huge lesson here. I can’t imagine driving anything but a chevy. But reality is coming…
Now they are deleting Z71 floor liners, rear wheelhouse liners, and spray-on bedliner. I was notified last week.