GM Prepping Ft. Wayne, Indiana Manufacturing Plant with $275 Million Upgrade For Next-Gen Trucks

By Joel Arellano | October 26, 2011
General Motors has been playing magic tricks on the public. While the automaker has enraptured the average car buyer with its fuel-sipping Chevrolet Cruze, it has quietly been upgrading its plants in preparation for the next generation of pickups. We eagle-eyed members of the media, of course, have not been fooled by this slight-of-hand. Last year, GM announced it will be investing several hundred millions to update the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, both of which have not been significantly refreshed since 2006. The plans looked to go awry when CEO Dan Akerson announced earlier this year that the investment made no sense given the rising gas prices at the time. But GM kept on truckin' and announced a couple of months later that it had invested $328 million into its Flint, Michigan plant. Today, the automaker released a statement it will be spending around $275 million to prep its Ft. Wayne, Indiana plant for the new trucks. “This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning pickups that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing features and functionality,” Larry Zahner, GM manufacturing manager, said in a statement. “We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size pickups.” Little is known about the next generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Speculation on the autosphere is that both trucks will be built on an all-new chassis. Engines offered for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra will definitely more fuel-efficient to meet the revamped CAFE regulations, with some speculating that GM will introduce small-displacement diesel-powered V-8 engines. The interiors will be revised as well.
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