Chevy Colorado a "Go" for U.S.By John O'Dell October 11, 2011
General Motors made it official the redesigned Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup will be sold in the United States, continuing the nameplate after the planned closure next year of the companys present midsize pickup plant in Shreveport, La. The automaker didnt say where the U.S. version of the new Colorado would be built or when it will begin appearing in dealers showrooms. Extension of the Colorado nameplate has been expected. AutoObserver previously reported that the United Auto Workers unions recent summary of its new contract with GM says there will be a midsize pickup built at the General Motors plant in Wentzville, Mo.
The 2012 Colorado designed for overseas markets went into production last week at GMs plant in Rayong, Thailand. The truck was introduced as the Colorado Rallye concept at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Typically, GM builds its pickups small and large as both Chevrolet and GMC models. But the company didnt say whether it planned to do a GMC version of the new Colorado. The present generation model is sold as the GMC Canyon. The plan to continue the Chevrolet Colorado nameplate in the United States was announced by Mary Barra, GMs senior vice president for global product development, during a Chevrolet Centennial celebration at the automakers design center in Warren, Mich.