February 17, 2013

GM is planning to suspend truck production at its three pickup assembly plants for 10 weeks across 2012 as it prepares them for the launch of its new generation of trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, due for rollout in the second quarter of this year.

The company is switching from its GMT900 truck architecture to the new K2XX architecture, a move that involves a complex production changeover at the Flint, Michigan, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Arlington, Texas plants. Taken together it will mean intermittent closures totaling 21 weeks.