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GM Spending $500m For Next-Generation SUV Assembly

Next-gen full-sizers will be ICE

  • Arlington, TX, getting massive investment for ICE full-sizers

  • Plant has built GM’s big SUVs since 1997


General Motors is going big on electrics, but the internal combustion SUV is far from dead. To help keep it going, GM is spending $500m on its Arlington Assembly plant to prepare for the next generation of its full-sizers.

The Texas plant is home to GM’s biggest (and most profitable) SUVs. That lineup includes the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon.

With a half-billion-dollar investment, Arlington is getting new tooling and equipment for its stamping, body shop, and general assembly areas. “Preparing the plant to produce future ICE full-size SUVs reflects our commitment to our valued customers and the efforts of the dedicated Arlington Assembly employees, who have been breaking production records this year,” said Gerald Johnson, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability.

Arlington Assembly first opened in 1954, building Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. Since then it has built GM’s full-size cars including the last of the Chevrolet Caprice and Buick Roadmaster models. In 1996, it was converted to start building GM’s full-size SUVs, the role it has served since. More than 12 million GM vehicles have been assembled on the site, which employs more than 5,000 people.

 

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