GM Teams with Navistar to Help Increase Midsize Pickup Production

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - June 13, 2016

When GM released its two midsize pickups, the GMC Canyon and the Chevy Colorado, what we all expected to happen came to fruition; they sold faster than GM could manufacture them. Recently, GM has entered a contract with Navistar—known as a heavy-truck manufacturer—to help increase production capacity for these hot-selling pickups, According to Automotive News.

No, Navistar won’t be manufacturing the Colorado and Canyon in its Springfield, Ohio, plant. Instead, it will take on the manufacturing of GM’s cutaway versions of the GMC Savana and Chevy Express. These are vans that are built only with a cab and an open back end so the company purchasing it can customize it to its liking—for instance, as an ambulance or an RV.

This deal will free up manpower at GM’s Wentzville, Missouri, plant to allow for additional production of the midsize-pickup twins. GM expects this deal to increase production by roughly 40,000 units in 2017. For reference, through the first five months of 2016, GM has sold a total of 56,142 Colorados and Canyons, so this added production will be a welcomed change for dealers.

Despite the low inventory, GMC and Chevy have been aggressively pricing lease deals on both pickups. The 2016 Colorado is available on a 39-month lease for as little as $299 per month with $659 due at signing for current GM lessees. The 2016 GMC Canyon has an equally aggressive 36-month lease deal that runs just $279 per month with $449 due at signing for non-GM lessees (meaning it includes a conquest incentive). While these deals are awesome, finding a Colorado or Canyon on a dealer lot can be a little tricky. Fortunately, that should change next year.

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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