The automaker confirmed this week that the GM Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri will be offline from December 6th through to the end of the month. According to Chevrolet Trucks & Full-size SUV Communications Director Megan Soule, the shutdown is due to renovation work that is being carried out at the assembly plant and is not tied to the semiconductor chip shortage that forced GM to idle the plant earlier this year.
“The launch-related downtime at Wentzville Assembly is a continuation of the construction updates that are needed in various departments in order to support production of our next-generation mid-size trucks,” Soule said in a statement.
In addition to the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, the Wentzville Assembly plant also produces the Chevy Express and GMC Savana utility vans. Production of these vehicles will also be idled amid the renovation work.
GM is currently preparing Wentzville Assembly to produce the next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon pickups. The 2023 Chevy Colorado, which has already been spied testing in work truck and ZR2 form, will feature a heavily revised 31XX platform, along with all-new exterior and interior styling. The 2023 GMC Canyon will implement similar exterior and interior changes and will also add a new AT4X off-road variant to its lineup, which will essentially be a Canyon-badged equivalent of the Colorado ZR2.
As we reported previously, the development work on the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon has not been impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage so far and is on track to debut in the first half of the 2022 calendar year.