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

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
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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!

  • Vap65689119 As a release engineer I also worked in quality, if they are serious they should look at Toyotas business model which has their suppliers as genuine partners, thats how you get a quality product
  • Mike-NB2 I seem to have landed in an alternate universe. $12,000 for a Jeep that's going on a quarter-century old and with an automatic transmission? Wow.
  • Stuart de Baker This driver wants physical knobs and buttons that are easy to use while keeping eyes on the road, and does not want effin screens that require eyeballs to be taken off of roads, mfgs be damned.
  • Tassos 25 years old, 200k miles, $12,000 devalued worthless Biden Dollars?Hard pass.
  • GrumpyOldMan Lost me at the last word of the second paragraph.