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    GM Announces New Upgrades To Plant, Quietly Signals New SUVs

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    February 2, 2012

    GM’s Arlington, Texas plant, the place where the current Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL is going under some renovations. GM announced a new $200 million stamping facility that will produce large stamping components for GM’s next-generation full-size SUVs. The facility will save the company $40 million in logistics and will come online in 2013.

    Since we’re talking about Arlington and next generation SUVs, Motor Trend has uncovered some information about the next generation. All of the SUVs will stick with the underpinnings from Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. GM will use more high-strength steel as well as other alloys to keep weight down. Also being talked about for the next generation SUVs are direct-injected small-block engines, eight-speed transmissions, and a updated two-mode hybrid system.

    The new SUVs are due out sometime in late 2013.

    Source: Motor Trend

    Press Release is on Page 2

    GM Will Build $200 Million Stamping Facility in Texas


    ARLINGTON, Tex. – General Motors will start construction next week on a new $200 million stamping facility that will create approximately 180 jobs. The new facility, part of the company’s Arlington manufacturing complex, will produce large stamping components for the next generation of full-size Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

    "Our investment in GM's Arlington plant is one more example of GM strengthening the economy and creating jobs throughout the many U.S. communities where GM does business," said GM Manufacturing Manager Larry Zahner.

    Currently, Arlington receives stamped components from several GM plants, with some parts coming from more than 1,000 miles away. The new facility, which comes on line in 2013, will save about $40 million a year in logistics cost. The new facility is in addition to a $331 million investment to purchase tooling and equipment and expand the Arlington Assembly Plant that was announced along with 110 additional jobs in May 2011.

    “Today’s announcement is further evidence that the U.S. auto industry is back. An important goal for the UAW is to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States and we are pleased that General Motors has decided to make this investment in Arlington,” said Joe Ashton, vice president of the UAW representing the GM department. “We look forward to more good news in 2012 as our workers continue to build the world’s best vehicles.”

    Tuesday’s announcement is the first manufacturing investment by GM in 2012. Since June 2009, the company has announced more than $6.9 billion of investment to upgrade or expand operations in 12 states, creating or retaining more than 17,600 jobs.

    “This investment is possible because of the teamwork among GM, the UAW, the Arlington community and the great State of Texas,” said Zahner. “We truly appreciate the support we have enjoyed from the Arlington community over the years.”

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    Well there you go doubters, the Escalade is NOT going Uni-body.

    I know that, I would not want it UniBody, but I am still excited by the new versions. :)

    Rumor had it that the Escalade would be switching from the BOF truck platform over to the Lambda platform and become a CUV instead. I bet that Cadillac will still get a Lambda regardless of the SUV Escalade still being offered (much like the Yukon/XL and Acadia and Traverse/Tahoe/Suburban all exist). I feel this will happen when the Lambda is redesigned from the ground up in 2015-ish.

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    Bring on the clones

    No No No, please do not bring on the clones, this has all kinds of bad 90's memories to me. Way to many identical auto's with a different badge.

    Bring on the Variety of the CUV platform.

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    Just being facetious, this IS a bad Idea. Lets think about what each brand is and should be lest we repeat the past and it kills us.

    Got it, I agree, we learn from the past so as to not repeat the mistakes and make a better future.

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    No need for religion talk like that here..
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