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GM SUV Plant In Texas Gets $20 Million Upgrade

Arlington Assembly Is A Money Printing Machine For The General

The next generation GM SUV family is right around the corner, and the automaker announced this week that it will invest another $20 million for its Arlington Assembly Plant to upgrade plant conveyors in preparation for the launch of the next-generation Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon family. Since 2015, GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly, mostly toward a new paint shop, and for body shop and general assembly area upgrades.

Arlington remains the sole assembly plant for all of GM’s fullsize, body-on-frame SUVs. The updates are expected to be completed next year. Arlington Assembly, built in 1954, employs 4,500 people, and operates three shifts. Additionally, the plant runs entirely on wind power.

The automaker has absolutely dominated in this coveted, high-profit margin space. Dealers sold over 282,000 full-size GM SUV models in 2018 — outselling Ford Motor Company’s offerings nearly 4:1.

GM has invested more than $23 billion in its U.S. manufacturing base since 2009. And even though American plants like Lordstown Assembly and Detroit-Hamtramck are shuttering, and its investments in China and Korea continue, that’s more than one-quarter of every dollar spent by any automaker.

With the all-new GM SUV products set to launch in 2020, expect them to show face later this year. Sources have indicated that the 2020 Cadillac Escalade will lead the charge, followed closely by the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, as well as the 2020 GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali family.

Don’t expect the formula to change, too much, however. Body-on-frame design, rear-wheel-drive layout, and V8 engine will all be present and accounted for. That said, it might finally be time that GM offers alternative powertrain offerings, such as hybrids. On the other end of the spectrum, it was once rumored that these SUVs would see a supercharged LT4 V8 under the hood. Between a Chevrolet Suburban Hybrid and a Suburban with potentially 650 horsepower, we’d know which one we’d choose.

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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