GM’s newly renovated Canadian truck plant reopened late last year as it began production of the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD. The facility had only been building the heavy-duty variant of the full-size truck on a two-shift rotation before production of the light-duty Silverado 1500 began this week. Only the Chevy Silverado HD and Silverado 1500 will be built at Oshawa Assembly for the time being, which differs from other GM truck plants that build Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra variants side-by-side.
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GM invested $1.3 billion into the Oshawa site to prepare it to produce both the Chevy Silverado HD and Chevy Silverado 1500. Renovation work began in late 2020 and was completed before the end of 2021 – marking one of the fastest plant turnarounds in the automaker’s history. GM previously produced the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS at Oshawa before it shuttered the facility in at the end of 2019 following the discontinuation of the two sedan models. 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 last year to add more pickup production capacity.
In addition to Oshawa Assembly, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 is produced at the GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana and GM Silao plant in Mexico. The larger Chevy Silverado HD, meanwhile, is produced alongside the GMC Sierra HD at the GM Flint plant in Michigan.
GM has experienced delays in shipping some Chevy Silverado HD trucks from the Oshawa plant to dealers due to a lack of rail transport and has elected to store thousands of vehicles in lots situated near the facility. The number of stored trucks is expected to decrease in the coming weeks as GM works to ship the trucks out.