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Company Increasing Production of Hummer H3 SUV, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon Pickups
Third Shift In Plant’s Paint Department To Begin During Q1 2006


PONTIAC, Mich. – General Motors today announced it will invest approximately $20 million by early 2006 at its Shreveport, Louisiana truck assembly plant to increase production of the HUMMER H3 SUV, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups. To prepare for the increased output, the Shreveport plant will add a third production shift to its paint department during the first quarter of 2006.

H3, the new mid-size HUMMER, continues to drive record sales for the division and broaden its appeal from a niche brand to a wider audience. HUMMER is helping GM attract a younger, more-affluent customer base. The average age of a HUMMER owner is 44. About 70 percent of vehicles traded in by H3 buyers are non-GM models. HUMMER sales in October were up 129 percent compared to year-ago levels. Chevy Colorado sales were up 17.6 percent on a calendar year-to-date basis (January – October) compared to the period last year, while GMC Canyon sales have increased 42.6 percent.

In the last five years, GM has invested more than $20 billion in its U.S. operations. GM’s total recent investments in Shreveport for production of the HUMMER H3, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon top more than $1 billion.

Shreveport Assembly has built trucks since 1981, beginning with the Chevy S-10. Shreveport Assembly employs about 3,200 employees.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 325,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
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not to flame, but the only one of the three that sells is the Hummer... unless GM made a Humer Pickup off of that name, I think we have a problem... The Colorodo isn't very popular, at least at my dealership it isnt... its too expensive too... unless ur getting a single cab you might as well get a silverado...
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I think the canyon/colorado are nice trucks but they really need something stronger in the powertrain department. the 4.8 V8 would be a strong addition especially if they could add DOD to it. Then I can see more going for it.
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Actually, I think the time for the Colorado/Canyon to shine has come. GM did well in not anabolize the midsizers (Dakota, anyone?).
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Agreed. The midsize GM trucks are right on the money for size and they have the right powertrain for these uncertain times concerning gas prices. A diesel engine option and more differentiation between Chevy and GMC would only increase their appeal. Other "small" trucks have gotten too big, and like I've said before... what's the point of having trucks in two sizes if there isn't enough of a noticeable difference?
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Agreed.  The midsize GM trucks are right on the money for size and they have the right powertrain for these uncertain times concerning gas prices.  A diesel engine option and more differentiation between Chevy and GMC would only increase their appeal.  Other "small" trucks have gotten too big, and like I've said before... what's the point of having trucks in two sizes if there isn't enough of a noticeable difference?

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lol i'm still waiting for a delta mini truck... off of the HHR body style...

but with prices starting at 15,9 but realistically trying to find a 4banger... they start at 17k... those trucks are so expensive... if they were to start around 13k they would steal the market... if you can get a base silverado for 19k...

if u could get a I4 170hp for 13k, and a I5 220hp for 15, and the trailblazers 291hp I6 for 17-18k on a single cab... those trucks would seriously take the market by storm...

but they also need better gas mileage... for the motor to be class leading and still only 19-24... i think we need to see 21-28 or so, and then i'd be impressed...
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lol i'm still waiting for a delta mini truck... off of the HHR body style...

but with prices starting at 15,9 but realistically trying to find a 4banger... they start at 17k... those trucks are so expensive... if they were to start around 13k they would steal the market... if you can get a base silverado for 19k...

if u could get a I4 170hp for 13k, and a I5 220hp for 15, and the trailblazers 291hp I6 for 17-18k on a single cab... those trucks would seriously take the market by storm...

but they also need better gas mileage... for the motor to be class leading and still only 19-24... i think we need to see 21-28 or so, and then i'd be impressed...

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A mini truck would be an industry first and I think would be a HOT niche market! That would stab the stake (that the HHR started) further into the heart of the UGLY Scion Bx and the Honda Element!
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A mini truck would be an industry first and I think would be a HOT niche market! That would stab the stake (that the HHR started) further into the heart of the UGLY Scion Bx and the Honda Element!

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I also would like this idea. I don't want or need even a Colorado type vehicle as a truck. I would take something even lighter duty. I want a truck, but something that gets better mileage than a Colorado and is smaller. If anything, just to make it a little easier to throw a few things in the back, nothing heavy though.
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Well, untill they get as new upgraded interior I will not be replacing my Sonoma with a Canyon. I hate the cheap plastic on the doors and dash and the seats reek of 1983 Camaro. If it was still 1983 that would be fine but not in 2005.
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Rumor is that there is going to be a price drop..GM doesn't plan to just let this market get away..
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Is this investment also to prepare for the rumored H4 with the shortened Colorado/Canyon/H3 platform?
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mshu, i wrote an entire article proposing a new el camino. as a canyon owner, i would be the first to trade in for one. theres really no need for a delta micro-truck. thats traditionally been the el camino market niche, and a 4-banger front drive mini-truck bearing the el camino badge will sell like snow in russia. as for the making the 355 twins better? absolutely start them at 13 grand. bring the interiors to level with the h3. rumor has it that the h3 is going to get a small diesel and v8 come 2008, so those three things would essentially give the trucks everything they need to run the market.
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The 2006 Holden Rodeo (I think Colorado is based on the same platform) is about to arrive with the HF 3.6. We have not been told what the power output is yet (Do dealers all over the world share this problem?) but I believe it will be somewhere around 235hp. This engine should also give pretty good fuel economy. Why does GM USA stick with the I5 when it has the HF V6 that is supposed to be in everything? Torque maybe?
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Is this investment also to prepare for the rumored H4 with the shortened Colorado/Canyon/H3 platform?

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I think so, sci. I'm sure that the C twins will get a refresh too...
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they could let the GMT355s grow a little with a V8 to justify the price and then import a really cheap small truck from South America - they still sell an updated S10 there
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Putting a V8 in these pickups would be counterproductive and would make them redundant... you'd have the price, power and gas mileage of a Silverado... without the room. Stupid.

Upgrading the interior is fine with me, maybe even slapping a turbo on the I-5, but the whole point of having a smaller truck is to improve operating efficiency over a full-size.

Anyone who dismisses the I-5 for the sole reason of cylinder count hasn't driven the truck.
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Though I find the trucks to be a little expensive, GM must have the price right on if they are needing to increase production to keep up.
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Don't forget the I5 is being bumped up to 3.7 L. Along with other upgrades that should increase power to be competitive with Nissan's 4.0 L V6, and more than Toyota's. The diesel is waiting for a reasonable NOx solution, currently a urea additive which the EPA doesn't think people will bother topping up (frequency would be similar to an oil change). H3 and Colorado models built in South Africa and Thailand don't have to worry, but will probably get a more powerful version of the current 3.0 L. A V8 SS model for the Colorado and a V8 H3 Alpha will come, probably with DOD to keep fuel economy low.
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Putting a V8 in these pickups would be counterproductive and would make them redundant... you'd have the price, power and gas mileage of a Silverado... without the room.  Stupid.

Upgrading the interior is fine with me, maybe even slapping a turbo on the I-5, but the whole point of having a smaller truck is to improve operating efficiency over a full-size.

Anyone who dismisses the I-5 for the sole reason of cylinder count hasn't driven the truck.

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I've driven it, and I dismiss the I-5 because it's rough, noisy, and sluggish....5-cylinders or not....
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Putting a V8 in these pickups would be counterproductive and would make them redundant... you'd have the price, power and gas mileage of a Silverado... without the room.  Stupid.

Upgrading the interior is fine with me, maybe even slapping a turbo on the I-5, but the whole point of having a smaller truck is to improve operating efficiency over a full-size.

Anyone who dismisses the I-5 for the sole reason of cylinder count hasn't driven the truck.

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I've driven the truck, and I think the I-5 is fine....

It just depends on what you need it for....
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My wife is one of the biggest haters of American cars. In her mind - GM/Ford/Chrysler = crap. We were driving home a few nights ago, and were passed by a red H3. She poked me and said "I WANT one of those. They're soo cool". The H3 is changing people's perception of GM product. -RBB
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O.C., I bought my Colorado in January of '04, so it's an early one. My problems have been minor, and my fuel mileage is averaging 4 mpg better than the old 4.3 in my last S-10, a '98 ZR2. This Colorado is better made than any of the 5 S-10s I've owned, all brand new.

I don't agree with your assessment of the 3.5L I-5.

It seems to me the market agrees with me. The trucks are selling well, last I've seen.
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My wife is one of the biggest haters of American cars.  In her mind - GM/Ford/Chrysler = crap.

We were driving home a few nights ago, and were passed by a red H3.  She poked me and said "I WANT one of those.  They're soo cool".

The H3 is changing people's perception of GM product.

-RBB

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My mom likes the H2 though she said she'd never own one. She isn't very fond of the H3. She's usually a Toyota gal but she likes the new G6 coupe ("neat looking") and Impala ("classy").
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive...ts/1674631.html

Could this be the future of the Colorado? A beefier combination of the H3 and the Colorado with a V-8 engine? Let's only hope.

GM will have to reduce the price of this truck to take over the market share in this class of trucks. Why pay the same for a mid-size when you can get a full size?

GM is definately moving in the correct direction.
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