On Monday, January 23rd, the Italian-Japanese supplier inaugurated a new production line at its Marelli Hortolândia plant in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, dedicated exclusively to manufacturing interior panels and trim components that shape the dashboard of new third-generation Chevy Montana. As such, Marelli is one of General Motors Brazil’s strategic suppliers for the assembly of Chevrolet‘s first unibody compact pickup.
In particular, the new production line at Marelli’s Hortolândia plant, which has already started manufacturing dashboard panels for the new Chevy Montana, required an investment of 150,000,000 Brazilian reais – close to $30M USD at current exchange rates. The investment was recently completed to install plastic injection lines and assembly equipment, as well as to create the molds and materials to manufacture the parts ordered by GM.
Marelli announced that the new production line for the all-new Chevy Montana’s dash started with an initial production rate of 62,180 panels per year, representing approximately one-third of the facility’s total announced capacity of 180,100 dash assemblies per year. The facility will be responsible for providing the instrument panel, center console, and other dash parts for the new Montana.
In fact, 100 percent of the new Chevy Montana’s dashboard panels and consoles will be supplied from the Marelli Hortolândia plant, with a nationalization rate of more than 90 percent. Once manufactured on its new production line, Marelli sends the separate components of the Montana’s dashboard to GM – which performs the final assembly along with its respective accessories at its São Caetano do Sul plant.
The GM Brazil supplier also mentioned that the contract to manufacture the new Chevy Montana’s dashboard is the first project completed worldwide after the creation of Marelli in 2019, when Japanese company Calsonic Kansei acquired Magneti Marelli from now-extinct Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). It is also the first self-manufacturing unit of the Interior Experience subdivision of the auto parts manufacturer in Brazil.