Report: GM Retooling Signals Spring 2018 Launch for New Fullsize Trucks
Current Excess Inventories Part of Plan
General Motors has an excess inventory of fullsize trucks on dealer lots at the moment. Normally, that would be cause for alarm. However, according to a report from Automotive News, this is all part of GM’s grand plan in advance of the introduction of its all-new fullsize trucks. Speaking at the 2017 New York Auto Show, GM North America President Alan Batey shared that the company is making strategic adjustments to its manufacturing to manage inventories. Speaking about pickups specifically, Batey said pickups account for a “big part” of plant retooling planned for later this year.
Based on intel from anonymous sources and analysts, it’s believed the new GM fullsize trucks will be launched in the second half of 2018, as 2019 models. This redesign cycle is the shortest on GM fullsize trucks in many decades. The long-running C/K “squarebody” style from the ‘70s and ‘80s ran from 1973 to 1987, and its successor, the GMT400, ran from 1988 to 1998. The GMT800 went from 1999 to 2006 and GMT900 from 2007 to 2013. The current-generation K2XX trucks were introduced in 2013 as 2014 models and received a refresh for the 2016 model year.
Ram is also expected to give its 1500 1/2-ton trucks a ground-up redesign for the 2019 model year. The Ford F-150, which was new for 2015, is not expected to get a full-fledged redesign until 2020 or 2021.
Source: Automotive News