The first 2022 Chevy Silverado HD built at the GM Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario rolled off the assembly line in early November – marking the first vehicle built at the plant since it was temporarily shuttered at the end of 2019.
Now Oshawa-built Chevy Silverado HD models have been to arrive at Chevy dealers. According to Automotive News, the first Chevy Silverado HD examples built at Oshawa Assembly began shipping to Chevy dealers in the United States and Canada early this month.
The first 2022 Chevy Silverado HD that was built in Oshawa, which is tagged with VIN001, was shipped to Paillé Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Berthierville, Quebec in early December. The rights to purchase this vehicle were raffled off in a dealer contest that was open to GM Canada dealerships, with all proceeds from the raffle donated to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF).
GM invested roughly $1.3 billion CAD in Oshawa Assembly to prepare it to produce both the light-duty and heavy-duty versions of the Chevy Silverado. As GM Authority reported previously, the Oshawa plant will not produce the GMC Sierra 1500 or the GMC Sierra HD, making it the only GM plant dedicated to building the Silverado.
GM builds the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD alongside each other at its Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, while the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana and GM Silao Assembly plant in Mexico produce the light-duty versions of the two pickups.
As we noted previously, the Oshawa plant is only building the Chevy Silverado HD at the moment, with light-duty production set to begin there in spring 2022.
Oshawa Assembly was shuttered in December 2019 when GM cancelled the Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala model lines. The automaker kept a small portion of the plant open for limited parts production and also used the space to help make PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic before re-opening it this year to add more pickup production capacity.