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GM PLEDGES $1.5 BILLION FOR NEWISH MIDSIZE TRUCK PRODUCTION IN MISSOURI

The Wentzville Plant Builds The Current-Generation Chevrolet Colorado And GMC Canyon

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Sand Dune Metallic
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

General Motors recently announced plans to invest $1.5 billion to bring its next generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize truck siblings to market. The GM Wentzville, Missouri plant, which builds the current trucks as well as full-size vans will receive $1 billion of this investment to upgrade the facility. The investment is expected to retain 4,000 jobs at the Wentzville site.

Since reintroducing the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in 2013, GM has sold more than 700,000 midsize pickups in the United States. GM sees the Colorado and Canyon pickup trucks as important players to both its balance sheet and its sales statistics. With all the truck sales from both the Chevrolet and GMC brands combined, GM says that it has sold 600,000 more pickups than its closest competitor in the United States from 2013 through Q3 2019.

The next chapter in GM’s midsize truck story will be the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, which will be available early next year.

GMC Canyon AT4

As we’ve originally reported, General Motors will be launching the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon by the 2023 model year, but they will largely be based on the existing 31XX architecture underpinning the current-generation midsize truck siblings, known internally as 31XX-2. The rumored 32xx program has been either delayed or cancelled. Unfortunately, this decision also meant the demise of a unique GMC product in the form of a body-on-frame midsize SUV.

Being that the current-generation trucks are under the 31xx program, it would be safe to assume that the next round of midsize trucks would be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. Which, to us, is just fine. The formula worked out well for the Corvette (C5-C7), and Dodge has seen success with the Charger and Challenger by slowly evolving the vehicles each year. Current safety regulations are also in sync with what these platforms can support, as well.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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