The 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GM Canyon made their formal introductions last summer, with both models ushering in all-new third generations for their respective nameplates. As GM Authority has covered in the past, there are currently a large number of units of 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon pickups stored at and around the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, the facility where the two truck models are produced. Now, GM Authority has learned that thousands of units of unshipped 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon pickups, as well as GM vans, have been damaged by hail.
According to GM Authority sources, the GM Wentzville plant was in the path of a significant hailstorm over the weekend, and as a result, roughly 3,300 unshipped vehicles were damaged. The unshipped vehicles that were damaged include units of the 2023 Chevy Colorado, 2023 GMC Canyon, and GM vans (Chevy Express, GMC Savana), all of which are produced at the Wentzville facility.
The damaged vehicles, and in particular the 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon pickups, were not all parked at the Wentzville plant. Rather, some of the damaged vehicles were parked at nearby lots which GM is using as storage areas, including a nearby quarry. Some of the vehicles are waiting for retrofits and / or quality control, as GM Authority has covered previously.
Most importantly, the hail damage will result in yet further delays with regard to shipping and customer deliveries for these vehicles.
Late last month, GM Authority took an exclusive look at what’s going on with 2023 Chevy Colorado and 2023 GMC Canyon deliveries. Per the exclusive, GM Authority has been inundated by hundreds of queries from readers asking for an update on their new pickup, with some claiming to have been waiting weeks, sometimes months to take delivery. In a statement emailed to GM Authority, the Director of Chevy Truck Communications, Shad Balch, said that “Production of GM’s midsize pickup trucks is well underway and we are shipping to dealers every day. During launch, it is a common practice for us to temporarily build and hold vehicles to ensure quality before shipping to dealers.”