GM Authority can exclusively reveal that the Chevy Silverado HD heavy pickup truck and its corporate cousin, the GMC Sierra HD, will be the first vehicles to be built at GM’s Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada when it reopens this fall .
The Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are also built there, but production of these light trucks will begin at a later – and as yet unspecified – date.
Vehicle manufacturing in the area dates back to the 19th century when the McLaughlin Company first built horse-drawn carriages and later automobiles. It then became the birthplace of many GM vehicles, most recently including the now-discontinued Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS.
Vehicle production in Oshawa ended in December 2019 – a GMC Sierra built at the time was raffled and raised $ 117,000 for the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. After that, General Motors intended to use the factory for parts production and metal stamping, and built a test track for autonomous vehicles.
But within a year (and with the support of the Canadian union Unifor), GM reversed its original decision and decided to invest at least CAD 1 billion in rebuilding the plant.
Michelle Burnham, Buick GMC Product Communications Manager, GM Canada, declined the opportunity to reveal production mix plans when speaking with GM Authority. However, she said: “We are planning the facility in Oshawa flexibly so that we can gear our production to customer demand.”
The 2022 Chevy Silverado HD and the 2022 GMC Sierra HD will only differ in detail from their 2021 model year equivalents. Both are powered by either the naturally aspirated 6.6-liter V8 L8T, which produces 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque and mated to GM’s six-speed automatic transmission, or the turbocharged 6.6-liter V8 L5P -Diesel of the Duramax family that makes 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a 10-speed automatic.
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