Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Production Down In December

Production of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups will be put on pause for three weeks this month.

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.

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  • Couldn’t do the renovation when they were idled do to the chip shortage. None of these trucks on any dealer lots. Poor planning I would say.

    • Changes come when materials arrive and contracts are stated. You just move things up if the equipment you order has not arrived and the crews to do the work are on other jobs.

      GM would have loved to have done that but the other factor is the new trucks are still in testing and will not be ready till about spring.

      A lot more to this than you are considering.

    • During the shut downs they were changing over Ft Wayne and doing work in Flint for the upcoming refreshes.

      Wentzville is having major renovations for the last 2 years, and some of those take numerous production stoppages to implement (like Spring Hill). The paint shop is totally modernized, and now they are working on the body shop, and final assembly changeover which require a shutdown. I expect the van line is also getting updates for an unannounced EV Van that I think will be shown next year.

      • Van production may have limited changes too.

        If things fit they fit the changes in if they are waiting on tooling and still have orders to build out they will not tear the line apart till it is ready.

  • so my 2022 gmc canyon at4 which i spoke for in august and was told by two different dealers it would be here with in two weeks since than is now been delayed again i guess i should of when to the ford ranger earlier like i plan to now

    • So you are going to settle, sounds like a poor decision. I wouldn't move to my second choice in vehicle, just find one that is another color on a lot or something. Are you in desperate need of a new vehicle? I would wait either way but never just to a different vehicle because of some delays. But you do you, people sure are entitled these days....

  • When will Mary had a little share(of market) finally allow the Colorado to come into the future, by downsizing the Hummer drivetrain and; dominate (crush it) the Ford Maverick's market lead. When you come in second, you are suppose to try harder ?

  • I am told by my dealer that the Colorado I am waiting on Vin# 1GCGTCEN9M1298690 will ship in January 2022 & that they can't trade with other dealers that have any?????

  • I’m a QC inspector and was told I’m off till Jan 24 2022 I am out of unemployment benefits from earlier this year and so I have to get a job for 7 weeks and finding one for a little while isn’t working with most employers so I’ll be selling things till I can find work, feast or famine that’s the automotive world but what makes me mad is they cut the state unemployment for the extra weeks for Covid but isn’t Covid still here!!!

  • So my express that was ordered in July is delayed again? Dealer can't tell me anything regarding timelime, which I find ludicrous in this day and age. Anyone else here get a van delivered recently?