Navistar to Build GM Cutaway Vans in 2017
Move Allows GM to Allocate More Production to Canyon, Colorado
Medium and heavy truck manufacturer Navistar today announced its manufacturing partnership with General Motors that would move production of cutaway versions of the GM G-series van at its Springfield, Ohio, plant, freeing up more capacity at GM’s Wentzville, Missouri, plant to build more of the hot-selling Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks. Wentzville will continue to build the conventional cargo and passenger versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans.
Navistar’s Springfield plant previously had some underutilized capacity that will be brought back online to accommodate production of the cutaway vans. The company plans on hiring an additional 300 workers as part of the initiative. The Springfield plan will begin producing the cutaway vans in the first half of 2017. Neither company disclosed any additional details of the partnership.
The new Colorado and Canyon have been hot sellers for GM since their debut. Combined sales of the trucks are approaching the total of the Toyota Tacoma but have not yet come close to matching or surpassing it. Some believe sales of the trucks are partially capacity-constrained and dealers would sell more of them if they could. Earlier this year, GM announced it was prioritizing production of the midsize truck twins over the aging Express and Savana.