GM Invests $1.4 Billion To Upgrade Arlington Plant
General Motors has just announced its plans to invest $1.4 billion into its Arlington Assembly Plant in Texas, which produces every Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade for the automaker. The investment is the largest of its kind from GM this year and will fund additions and upgrades to several key areas of the plant.
Arlington will receive major upgrades in its paint shop, body shop, and general assembly area. Ground will be broken this summer and construction is expected to last roughly three years. Daily operations at the plant will not be hindered by the construction and production of the full-sized SUVs will continue at its current pace.
Combined with its past investments since 2011, GM has poured nearly $2 billion into the Arlington Assembly Plant –making it one of the most advanced SUV assembly plants in the U.S.
Though GM did not make any comments on its future products, these upgrades are likely in preparation for the next mid-cycle refresh of the SUVs, which will probably come by 2018. Expect updates with exterior design, interior trim work, new colors and optional equipment, and the possible implementation of the 10-speed automatic transmission GM has been co-developing with Ford.
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Why it matters
General Motors makes a lot of money from its full-size, body-on-frame SUVs. These hot-sellers still garner attention from luxury buyers thanks to their posh designs, powerful engines, impressive towing prowess, and level as a status symbol. From the lowly Chevy Tahoe working the graveyard shift as a police interceptor to the decked-out Escalade filling a slot in a multi-car garage inside a regal mansion, the GM SUVs hold a big place in America’s automotive heart.
Keeping these SUVs current and competitive is big business for GM, hence this rather sizeable investment in their assembly plant.
Source: General Motors