GM's new Colorado ute production begins
23rd October, 2011
The first all-new Colorado mid-size utility rolled off the
production line earlier this month at GM Thailand’s manufacturing facility in Rayong. The range-topping
LTZ extended cab model fitted with an all-new 2.8 litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine was greeted
enthusiastically by the facility’s 3,500 employees and key suppliers.
GM Vehicle Line Executive for Mid-size Trucks Brad Merkel and Chevrolet Colorado Chief Engineer Roberto
Rempel placed a “Colorado #1” licence plate on the initial vehicle in recognition of the manufacturing
team’s success. The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Colorado, which will be sold
in Thailand and exported. Holden will introduce the new Colorado locally in 2012.
The new Colorado range is the result of a five-year, $2 billion vehicle programme developed across five
continents for customers in more than 60 markets around the world. GM Thailand opened a new powertrain
plant in Rayong that is producing engines for the new Colorado.