By on November 1, 2018

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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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12 Comments on “GM Ready to Stem the Flow of Old Pickups, Just Not Quite Yet...”

  • avatar

    So cynically we can keep stacking ’em deep and selling ’em cheap?

    Just wait for “TRUCK MONTH” at your Chevy and GMC dealers!

  • avatar

    Just to clarify ..The XTS, and the Impala are run on a one shift basis using the Flex Plant . GM created the truck line by using pieces of the former Consolidated plant.

    The Caddy and the Chev are welded together here. However most of the metal stampings are brought up from the USA. As stated in the article the truck is welded together in the USA , and assembled here.

    With virtually no product allocation, the future looks pretty grim for the Shwa.

    • 0 avatar

      The Impala deserves another generation

      Current Impala > Current Malibu

      • 0 avatar

        Still love, love, love the current Impala. It’s better than the Malibu in every category except price – and RTP of the two is close enough that buying a ‘Bu over the Impala just doesn’t make sense.

        • 0 avatar

          @eggsalad – It makes sense only building regular cabs in Mexico, since reg cab margins are so thin, and Mexico consumers buy mostly regular cabs.

          Except building crew cabs in both the US and Mexico protects GM from strikes at North American crew cab plants that could otherwise bring GM to its knees.

          • 0 avatar

            “Mexico consumers buy mostly regular cabs. ”

            I don’t know if that is correct in all circumstances because where I live people from Old Mexico come across the border in droves in search of old four-door GM pickup trucks to take back to Old Mexico with them.

            GM dealers in the borderland love taking in trades of old GM trucks because they can sell them to the Mexicans for more than Americans are willing to pay for them.

          • 0 avatar

            I was talking about “new” crew cab pickups. Thing is, our used pickups, say 10+ year olds, are “new” to them. Especially if ours were “used” less for work, more for the pickup “lifestyle”.

            Mexico consumers buy “new” pickups almost strictly for work, forget the “lifestyle”. And they’re rarely the hard loaded Platinum 4X4 crew cab types. If they do have the income or wealth for $60K+ vehicles, not just pickups, it’s generally not advised to “show off” wealth in Mexico, unless maybe they’re “connected”.

            So by the time there’s (bought new) are 10+ years old, they’ve lead a hard life, beat to hell, bad roads, etc. And they mostly started out as base trucks, 2wd and V6 too.

            Naturally they look for USA low mileage, clean and loaded crew cabs with 4wd to take home to Mexico, diesels especially. Really prized possessions.

  • avatar

    Am I reading that all regular cab Silverados will be made in Mexico?

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    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.

  • avatar

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      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.

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