Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon Diesels Held Up by 'Final Validation' Issue

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

General Motors has delayed delivery of its Canyon/Colorado diesel trucks for an unspecified problem at their “final validation” stage, the automaker told TTAC on Wednesday.

“Those trucks are still in final validations and we hope to ship soon,” said Brian Goebel, a spokesperson for GMC.

More than 60 trucks ordered by customers are in varying stages of production, according to customers who shared order details with TTAC. Several of those trucks’ delivery dates have been pushed back multiple weeks, and many of those orders go as far back as the beginning of August.

According to the automaker, the final validations aren’t related to the emissions certification obtained by the automaker from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Goebel didn’t detail specifically why those trucks didn’t pass GM’s “final validation” standards, but only that the issue was with all diesel models of the trucks and not just specific trims or packages.

Ryan January said he placed his order for a Colorado in August and his production week has been pushed back three times since then. On Wednesday, January said his target production week was re-listed as Jan. 18, 2016, well beyond the initial Fall 2015 shipping date initially quoted by General Motors.

January said GM’s customer assistance wouldn’t specify when his truck would be produced, but that conversations with his dealer revealed the Jan. 18 date.

Meanwhile, Goebel said that GM hasn’t technically passed its initial on-sale date for Fall 2015, although that would require the automaker to deliver those trucks within five days.

Goebel didn’t specify when the trucks would be delivered to customers.

Fleece Performance, a tuner in Brownsburg, Indiana, said they had ordered a Colorado, but that they hadn’t yet received the truck.

Spokespeople for Chevrolet didn’t respond to repeated calls for comment. A spokesman for the Wentzville, Missouri plant where the trucks are built didn’t respond to repeated calls for comment.

“We’re not going to open the gates until we know the truck is ready for consumers,” GMC’s Goebel said.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Dec 17, 2015

    I wish these weren't so corny and cartoony looking. Just look at the headline pic - how could anyone take that truck seriously?

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    • Hummer Hummer on Dec 17, 2015

      @bumpy ii None of them look that bad, it's like a hot wheels donk, it has more ground effects with the sheet metal over extending downward and the snow plow up front than a riced out Honda.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Dec 17, 2015

    Funny the online builder doesn't show the diesel option anywhere. But I can get the "smokers" package!...........LOL I'll take an LT trim CC LB 4WD with the baby duramax and all the trailering goodies! Just might be my next truck.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 17, 2015

      Carlson Fan - smoker's package.... the irony of that being a Colorado option!

  • Yuda 1) EVs are garbage and a complete waste of time and money 2) Ford IS a business after all, cars and trucks ain't free, they take a lot of time and money to Actually make, manufacture, and build 3) SD trucks are actually useful and practical
  • Tane94 If there is market demand, build the vehicle. That's what Ford is doing. Kudos
  • Cprescott Looking like that? Egads
  • The Oracle This thing got porky quick.
  • Kwi65728132 I'll grant that it's nicely kept but I'm not a fan of the bangle butt designs, and I know better than to buy a used BMW while living anywhere in the world other than in the fatherland where these are as common as any Honda or Toyota is anywhere else.