GM Ready to Stem the Flow of Old Pickups, Just Not Quite Yet

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Production of crew cab and double cab variants of GM’s full-size 2019 pickups is already underway, but the automaker won’t fully turn off the taps on the older-generation models until after the middle of next year.

GM provided a run-down of its pickup production plans Wednesday, assuring those who aren’t fans of the new Silverado’s styling that there’ll be a toned-down alternative available for some time.

According to chief financial officer Dhivya Suryadevara, via Automotive News, production of the older K2 Silverado and GMC Sierra crew cabs will cease early next year, with double and regular cab models wound down starting in the “early second half” of 2019.

Production of new-generation (T1) pickups kicked off with the crew cab version at GM’s Fort Wayne, Indiana plant in July, with double cabs models coming online in October. Starting in January, the company’s Mexican truck plant will begin assembly of regular cab models, in addition to more of the all-important crew cabs.

Suryadevara said, without actually saying it, that the roll-out of new pickups was in no way similar to the botched launch of Ram’s next-gen 1500. Some 45,000 next-gen GM full-sizers found buyers in the third quarter of 2018, she said.

GM credits the successful concurrent production of both models on a train of unfinished double cab trucks sent to GM Canada’s Oshawa plant for final assembly. Known as the “Oshawa shuffle,” the transfer of some older-gen trucks across the border frees up capacity at Fort Wayne. While already tasked with building the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala, Oshawa’s pickup line got a boost last summer with the arrival of heavy-duty models in need of final assembly. A second shift was announced in June.

It’s good times for a plant once feared to be on the verge of closure. That said, the phase-out of the older-gen trucks will undoubtedly lead to a decreased need for hourly workers. Kim Carpenter, a spokeswoman for GM, told Automotive News that the older-gen final assembly program is expected to “run into late 2019 based on market demand.”

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  • After too many decades, Chevy finally appears to be successfully emulating Honda. Not in quality, of course, but that its newest models make the preceding versions look far more attractive.

  • Fred Fred on Nov 01, 2018

    I had a 99 Silverado which was the first year of that generation. I'd suggest you skip it, let them get the bugs out. Bonus for saving some money.

    • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Nov 03, 2018

      I don't know, my 2007 Tahoe (first year for the GMT-900 SUV's) has been pretty reliable for the 11+ years I've owned it. The only issue being the oil consumption due to the AFM system which was new that year.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Another Hyunkia'sis? 🙈
  • SCE to AUX "Hyundai told us that perhaps he or she is a performance enthusiast who is EV hesitant."I'm not so sure. If you're 'EV hesitant', you're not going to jump into a $66k performance car for your first EV experience, especially with its compromised range. Unless this car is purchased as a weekend toy, which perhaps Hyundai is describing.Quite the opposite, I think this car is for a 2nd-time EV buyer (like me*) who understands what they're getting into. Even the Model 3 Performance is a less overt track star.*But since I have no interest in owning a performance car, this one wouldn't be for me. A heavily-discounted standard Ioniq 5 (or 6) would be fine.Tim - When you say the car is longer and wider, is that achieved with cladding changes, or metal (like the Raptor)?
  • JMII I doubt Hyundai would spend the development costs without having some idea of a target buyer.As an occasional track rat myself I can't imagine such a buyer exists. Nearly $70k nets you a really good track toy especially on the used market. This seems like a bunch of gimmicks applied to a decent hot hatch EV that isn't going to impression anyone given its badge. Normally I'd cheer such a thing but it seems silly. Its almost like they made this just for fun. That is awesome and I appreciate it but given the small niche I gotta think the development time, money and effort should have been focused elsewhere. Something more mainstream? Or is this Hyundai's attempt at some kind of halo sports car?Also seems Hyundai never reviles sales targets so its hard to judge successful products in their line up. I wonder how brutal depreciation will be on these things. In two years at $40k this would a total hoot.So no active dampers on this model?
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