General Motors reintroduced the Chevy Trailblazer nameplate for the 2021 model year, debuting an all-new small crossover vehicle, with the latest 2022 model year ushering in a few changes and updates. Now, GM Authority has learned that General Motors will move to expand production of the Chevy Trailblazer in South Korea.
According to GM Authority sources, General Motors has has added 6,000 units of the Chevy Trailblazer to the production schedule at the GM Bupeyong plant in South Korea. The majority of the new sales volume will be produced in 2023.
Production of the Chevy Trailblazer for the North American market takes place exclusively at the GM Bupeyong plant in South Korea. However, the Trailblazer is also produced at the the GM Dong Yue plant in China for the Chinese market.
Last year, General Motors sold 90,161 units of the Chevy Trailblazer in the U.S. market, placing it second in the mainstream subcompact crossover segment. Ahead of the Trailblazer was the Honda HR-V with 137,090 units sold, while in third was the Hyundai Kona with 90,069 units sold. The Chevy Trailblazer’s sales figures gave it a 9 percent market share for 2021, with a 163-percent increase in sales from 2020, with 34,292 units sold the year prior.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Subcompact Crossovers - 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|BUICK ENCORE GX||+58.89%||71,247||44,841||7%||5%|
|MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT||+18.66%||34,216||28,836||3%||3%|
As GM Authority covered previously, GM is changing the way in which dealers order the Chevy Trailblazer, switching from the traditional “consensus” model to a new “port consensus” model, the latter of which involves General Motors building the vehicles it thinks are needed before shipping to port, at which time dealers pick and choose from what’s available.
The Chevy Trailblazer is available with two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, rated at 137 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, rated at 155 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Under the skin, the Chevy Trailblazer rides on the GM VSS-F vehicle set.