GM Wentzville Assembly Plant Adds Third Shift for Building 2015 Model Year Trucks

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While General Motors is fairing poorly with the millions of vehicles recalled since the beginning of the year, sales and new models don't fail to deliver. That's why the Wentzville Assembly plant is adding a third shift that'll build the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon lineup of mid-size pickup trucks.
In addition to those, the Missouri-based facility is also producing the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans. Although the plant currently employs 2,600 hourly and salaried workers and operates two production shifts, this third shift will add 750 more jobs in early 2015, which is good news for the people living in and near Wentzville.

General Motors explains that this action comes as a consequence of dealerships that have ordered nearly 30,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado trucks to date, which is very high for early orders even for a vehicle as popular as the pickup truck. With the addition of the new mid-size trucks, Chevrolet and GMC are currently offering the most broad pickup truck portfolio in the U.S. truck building business.

Both the Colorado and Canyon show that not only size matters, but fuel economy and comfort as well. That's why the 3.6-liter V6-powered variants boast with 26 mpg highway, the best fuel economy in the mid-size truck segment. But we expect better from the upcoming 2.8-liter Duramax diesel that'll debut sometime next year, which might have what it takes to go beyond the segment-leading 28 mpg of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. As for other notable features, there's a class-leading payload and trailering capacity of 7,000 pounds (3,182 kilograms) when the truck is properly equipped, while OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot enables you to keep up with all the latest happenings on the world wide web.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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