The plant will go offline during the weeks of January 3rd, January 10th and January 17th, with production set to return on January 24th. The shutdown is likely related to renovation work that is being carried out at the assembly plant, which also paused production at the facility for three weeks in December, Chevrolet Trucks & Full-size SUV Communications Director Megan Soule confirmed previously.
“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 provided to GM Authority last month.
As we already know, GM is currently preparing Wentzville Assembly to produce the next-generation 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon pickups. The 2023 Chevy Colorado will feature a heavily revised version of the current model’s 31XX platform, along with all-new exterior and interior styling. The 2023 GMC Canyon, meanwhile, will tap the same platform and implement similar exterior and interior changes.It will also introduce a AT4X off-road variant to its lineup, which will essentially be a Canyon-badged equivalent of the Colorado ZR2. The 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon are expected to debut in the first half of this year.
GM invested $1 billion in Wentzville Assembly to prepare it for the arrival of the next-generation Colorado and Canyon. GM President Mark Reuss said in 2019 the investments were part of the automaker’s “comprehensive strategy to invest in growth areas and strengthen our U.S. manufacturing base.”
“GM sells more pickups than any other automaker and we have aggressive plans to build on our strengths,” he added.