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First Colorado, Canyon trucks head to dealerships - Nov. 19, 2003
Drivers ready to deliver first Colorado, Canyon pickups - Nov. 14, 2003

Billion-dollar plant - Oct. 5, 2003
GM workers record song - Oct. 5, 2003
Colorado goes head-to-head with its competitio - Oct. 5, 2003
Trucks powered by inline engines - Oct. 5, 2003
Fuel economy drives new prototypes - Oct. 5, 2003
'Quality produces customers' - Oct. 5, 2003
GM suppliers begin hiring - Oct. 5, 2003
Parts supplier opens warehouse in Shreveport - Oct. 5, 2003
Stamping plant thunders ahead with 130 workers - Oct. 5, 2003
GM eyes adding new line - Oct. 5, 2003
Colorado, Canyon and soon ... plant could be humming with new H3 - Oct. 5, 2003
Daily deliveries multiply as suppliers locate near plant - Oct. 5, 2003
Colorado, Canyon hit streets - Aug. 20, 2003
GM suppliers gear up for full production - Jun. 8, 2003
Made in Shreveport - Jun. 6, 2003
GM supplier to hire 75 by year's end - Jun. 4, 2003
Auto supplier to hire 40 - May 29, 2003
Chevrolet Colorado draws eyes at Dallas Auto Show - Mar. 28,2003
Chevy Colorado: GM launch team proud of truck, plant - Mar. 2,2003
First trucks go on new GM line - Feb. 25, 2003
Gear up now for GM supplier jobs - Feb. 16,2003
General Motors counts on local plant, workers - Jan. 26, 2003
GM says new Colorado pickup will provide consumers variety - Jan. 12, 2003
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GM workers celebrate launch of new pickups
Full production starts today for Canyon, Colorado
David Westerfield/The Shreveport Times
Posted on October 7, 2003


Greg Pearson

General Motors employees celebrate the launching of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the new Shreveport plant on Monday.

Spotlights flashed, music sounded and a large U.S. flag unfurled Monday morning as 2,500 local GM employees cheered the unveiling of "summit white" Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups - going into full production today at General Motors' Shreveport plant.

With prayers, shouts and even a few tears, the celebration resembled a tent revival at one moment and a patriotic rally the next. "I appreciate God letting me be part of this. It's a blessing," said a teary-eyed Marilyn Killingworth, who started with GM 21 years ago.

At 6:18 a.m. today, employees, robots, conveyors and assembly lines go to work on the first Colorado and Canyon pickups to be sold to the general public. They should be at GM dealerships in November, ranging in price from about $16,200 to nearly $28,000.

The next key date for the local plant is Oct. 20. By that date, the plant should have built 2,000 trucks - enough to start filling dealer orders. If GM executives give the green light, deliveries will start that week.

"Toyota has been kicking our butt in the 'smile market' with their two-wheel drive high stance. Now we can get that back," said Janet Eckoff, marketing director for the Colorado, referring to the warm weather region from California to Florida where pickup buyers like the look of the four-wheel drive pickups, but do not need that extra traction.

"In California, 92 percent of the sales in this segment have been in the two-wheel drive. Our Z71 two-wheel drive should do very well."

Chevy hopes to sell 185,000 Colorado pickups a year, while GMC is looking for 30,000 sales a year in the Canyon.

The stakes are high for GM: The world's largest automaker invested nearly $1 billion here to build a 2.9-million-square-foot plant for the Colorado, Canyon and other vehicles. Analysts say GM will add a Hummer H3 sport utility to the new line.

"I want to thank General Motors for having confidence in Louisiana and spending their money and making jobs available here," Gov. Mike Foster said Monday before a festive unveiling of the two trucks inside the new plant.

"Hallelujah," United Auto Workers Local 2166 Chaplain Jerry Kennedy said to open the ceremony. "We are crossing the River Jordan to come over here and this can be our promised land."

At a time when some auto plants around the country are on the verge of closing, the local work force certainly had reason to celebrate.

"This secures our future in Shreveport. We can put our years in and support our families and maybe get our children jobs out here," said employee J.R. Southern, who started with GM when the original plant opened here 22 years ago.

"Starting tomorrow it's full speed ahead with new things on the horizon."

Lula Davidson, a materials department worker who also helped open the plant in 1981, said this opening is just as significant, if not more so.

"This is more exciting because we were so new before. We were just thankful to have a job," she said. "Now, we have more insight and we know what this means."

Dave Kitterlin, president of UAW Local 2166, said the impact of GM's investment goes beyond the local work force.

"This isn't just about us. It's about our kids and grandkids and them having a good place to come to work. I want our kids to stay in Shreveport," he said. The new plant has also brought 17 auto suppliers and nearly 1,200 more jobs to the Shreveport area.

Employees wore white T-shirts with the words "Climbing to new heights" printed on the front to Monday's unveiling. After the ceremony, they shared a lunch of red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo and more.

"Today is a tremendous day in the history of our plant. We are beginning a new chapter in the Shreveport Assembly story," said Plant Manager David Gibbons.

"This is like a tent revival," said Troy Clarke, GM vice president for manufacturing and labor relations. "That's appropriate because this is the revival of a product and the revival of a spirit that's always existed in this plant.

"If today's enthusiasm is any indication of how you will face the future, then I have no concerns. Our confidence is well-placed."

Ready to roll

The new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups start full production today. Workers should build 2,000 trucks by Oct. 20, when, if all goes well, GM will start shipping the trucks to dealers across the country. For more information on the trucks and the plant, go to http://www.shreveport%20times.com/autoinsider

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Investment creates new vehicles, new jobs, high expectations
David Westerfield The Times
Posted on October 5, 2003


Greg Pearson

Robots weld a fender pieces.

The 2004 Colorado and Canyon pickups will carry the weight of a billion dollars in their beds when the new trucks go into full production this week on General Motors' new 2.9-million-square-foot plant west of Shreveport.

"This is the single biggest investment in any manufacturing complex we have made in recent history - by far," said GM spokesman Dan Flores.

"We're investing about $1 billion and that's a big vote of confidence in Shreveport. We have great expectations. There's a lot at stake here."

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon shift into high gear this week with the official start of production of the midsize pickups. The launch has created 1,200 new jobs with GM suppliers, generated national attention for Shreveport and opened the way for a future vehicle - the Hummer H3, according to many reports.

Success is critical for GM, fighting intense competition from U.S. and foreign automakers during a time when incentives and rebates have cut into profits. In turn, GM's success is critical to Shreveport. With 2,500 employees and a total annual payroll of $160 million, the GM plant is by far the region's largest manufacturing operation. It's also the state's only auto plant.

"General Motors' investment and supplier construction is a huge investment that equals jobs, housing, sales tax and growth in our population. That's a windfall for Shreveport and North Louisiana," said Mayor Keith Hightower.

"Plants are closing around the country and we are adding on. That's attributable to our work force and their productivity. And we hope there will be more good news in the future."

That good news could be a vehicle that would draw international attention: the Hummer H3. General Motors has made no official announcement about the H3, but numerous local and national sources indicate the sport utility vehicle will be built in Shreveport - and soon.

When and if that happens, the region could gain at least another 500 jobs.



Like a first date

The focus today, though, is on the Colorado and Canyon - two "heart of the market" pickups that go straight to the heart of the intensely competitive battle waged between domestic and foreign automakers. The trucks, ranging in price from about $16,000 to nearly $28,000, should show up in the nation's 4,184 Chevrolet dealerships and 2,525 GMC dealerships before the end of the year.

Chevrolet spokesman Tom Wilkinson compares the launch of a new vehicle to a first date. "You want to make a good first impression," he said.

"The launch is critical. It's hard to recover, to get any momentum, if you have problems. But we have a lot of confidence and great potential for a solid launch."

Chevrolet, in particular, is staging an aggressive battle to sell more vehicles. The midsize pickup is one of nine new vehicles coming out in the next 18 months for Chevrolet in an effort to boost the brand's annual sales over three million vehicles. Last year, Chevrolet sold 2.6 million vehicles.

"The Colorado is one of the most important. Chevrolet is synonymous with pickups and the level of competition is intense. We are looking to bring some heat to the midsize market," Wilkinson said.

"It's a tough business. No one will give us an inch, and we won't give them an inch either. We want to have a hit, and we are working hard to do that."

The competition is both American (Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota) and foreign (Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier). Those trucks should get upgrades within two years, when another key competitor could enter the midsize market for the first time - Honda.

"We pride ourselves on having the best truck lineup in the industry. This is an opportunity for us to capture younger customers and bring them into GM," Flores said.

"The Nissans and Toyotas of the world are working hard to take our customers. It's a big challenge for Shreveport, but Shreveport has always built a high quality product and we have tremendous employees there who take the business personally. Our challenge is to make things better and more efficiently."



Balancing the dollars

Using 0-percent financing and rebate offers taking as much as $4,000 off the price of a vehicle, General Motors has fought hard to maintain its market share this year. In August, when GM's share held firm at 28.5 percent, the market share for The Big Three (GM, Ford and Chrysler) fell to an all-time low of 57.9 percent. Market share has fallen steadily for GM for the past 25 years, down from a high of 46 percent in 1978.

At the same time, GM is also working to control expenses like health-care costs, which hit $4.5 billion last year for 1.2 million employees, retirees and dependents. Pension costs are just as high: GM paid $4.6 billion to retirees and surviving spouses last year. Net income in 2002 was $1.7 billion on sales and revenues of $186.8 billion.

The automakers just negotiated new agreements with United Auto Workers for more than 630,000 hourly workers, including 115,000 at GM. Cost savings are also coming through cutbacks. Just four years ago, GM's hourly employment stood near 140,000.

The new union contract reflects the industry's tough times: Union negotiators completed their work in relatively rapid style, even though the agreements with the Big Three include plant closings and job cuts.

Employment levels are expected to remain steady in Shreveport and will likely grow if GM does move forward with the H3. GM has yet to say what will become of the original plant it opened here in 1981.

Incentives have helped to a small degree. GM has been talking with the governor's office about new tax incentives for a new truck line at the plant. Also this year, the state expanded the property tax exemption to make it a 100 percent exemption when a company creates at least 500 new jobs and spends at least $50 million. Helping suppliers: The state's tax credit for automotive manufacturers has been doubled to $5,000 per job created.



Workers hold the key

Flores said GM's primary investment in Shreveport is not in a new plant, but in the workers who operate it.

"The key is not technology - the key is people. The whole focus of our Global Manufacturing System is not rocket science," he said.

"It's a commitment to put the assembly line worker in position to build the highest quality product in the most effective manner possible."

Eighteen suppliers, providing everything from instrument panels to wheels, have located around the plant and hired nearly 1,200 people to support the plant. Parts are shipped on a "just-in-time" basis, helping to reduce storage costs and control quality by having the source of those parts only a short distance away.

The quest to improve quality - which GM has been doing in recent years, according to reports from J.D. Power and Associates - is a never-ending one, Flores said.

"It's a marathon without a finish line."

Plant Manager David Gibbons said he is confident in his workers as well as the new pickups, although there is an element of risk with any new product.

"We are increasing worker responsibility and going to smaller teams. There are state-of-the-art conveyor systems with a better environment and better lighting," he said.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to see a long future in Shreveport. The key is how well the market is received. We believe we have a great success story. Our expectation is to grow our business and increase market share."

Jacques Lasseigne, regional manager for the state's Office of Workforce Development, said GM's expansion in Shreveport came at an opportune time for the community.

Suppliers have hired assembly, clerical, purchasing, shipping and other workers for their Shreveport operations. Starting pay typically ranges from $9 to $12 an hour, he said.

"To get those jobs at any time would be great, but it's really good for us now because they offset some losses, like those at General Electric. The trend in manufacturing is to go overseas, so this is a big coup for us," Lasseigne said.

"And if we get the H3, that would be another huge boost for us. We have a large base of people here who have been in manufacturing. And we got a lot of calls from people who had left the area for a manufacturing job and wanted to come back."

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Drivers ready to deliver first Colorado, Canyon pickups
Cooper Transport expects green light from GM next week
David Westerfield / The Times
Posted on November 14, 2003

Jim Hudelson / The Times



Kenneth Talbot, standing next to a car carrier at Jack Cooper Transport, and other drivers expect to load up and move new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks as soon as next week.




With more than 2,200 sparkling new Shreveport-built pickups waiting at their terminal, truck drivers for Jack Cooper Transport wait by the phone, like military reservists waiting for the call to duty.

Once alerted by General Motors that the trucks are ready to roll, they will deploy quickly - possibly as soon as early next week, to ship the first Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups to some 2,500 dealerships in about 21 states.

The lot could be emptied in only two or three days by Cooper, which is now investing in both equipment and people to bolster its link in the automotive supply chain from plant to dealer. Cooper is adding 25 tractor-trailer rigs now and will add more drivers soon to handle the demands of delivering the new GM midsize pickups to the marketplace.

"We are gearing up to see business like we haven't seen around here for a long time," said terminal manager Dennis Gilley. "We'll probably see a 25 to 30 percent increase in volume and that will create 25 to 30 new jobs.

"For us, this launch means longevity. It will take a lot of these guys to retirement."

If GM follows through on plans to build a Hummer H3, that could mean another 25 to 30 local jobs. While numerous sources say the "Baby Hummer" is headed to Shreveport, GM has not made an official announcement about it.

The Jack Cooper Transport Shreveport terminal opened in August 1981 to support the new GM plant. It also delivers vehicles built in other locations by various automakers and shipped to Shreveport by rail. Cooper Transport is based in Kansas City, Mo.

About 70 percent of the pickups built in Shreveport are shipped by rail, the rest by truck. Cooper employees also load the rail cars - one man can load 120 vehicles a day. Truck delivery is much faster. A shipment to Michigan, for example, could take 10 days by rail and only two days by truck.

Kenneth Talbot started driving "car haulers" 38 years ago and could have retired eight years ago. But after a full career based out of Houston, he moved to Shreveport and kept driving because he just didn't want to stop. His longest trip: a Houston-to-Seattle delivery.

Now he's eager to deliver his first Colorado/Canyon load. GM started building the trucks last month in its new $1 billion Shreveport plant and has been storing them on the plant grounds and at Cooper until it had enough ready for dealers nationwide.

"There's a sense of pride for these new models," Talbot said. "You drive up with a load of new cars at a dealership and people swarm out eager to get them off. We are all anxious to go."

Drivers are union employees who get paid by the mile, and they are looking forward to getting back on the highway. Production slowed at the plant as GM made the transition from the S-10 pickup to the Colorado.

"We are ready to go and I know the dealers are ready. We'll be going in every direction," said Donnie Ruff, assistant terminal manager. "Dealers have been calling us to see when the trucks would be shipped. The phone doesn't stop ringing."


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Today, Cooper Transport has about 130 employees, including 100 drivers, and 77 trucks based in Shreveport. Projected total by February: 160 employees, 110 trucks.

Colorados/Canyons Ready to Roll - Nov. 14,2003

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2004 Chevrolet Colorado
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If you bought a compact pickup truck in the last 22 years, there's a good chance it was a Chevrolet S-10. This tough, reliable, compact truck has been a mainstay to both pickup fans and its builders at Chevrolet. But, you know, nothing lasts forever, even pickups, so Chevrolet is phasing out the S-10 in favor of a new member of the bow-tie truck brigade. It was born in Detroit, but goes by the name Colorado!



2004 Chevrolet Colorado
Engine Vortec 3500 inline 5-cylinder
Horsepower 220
Torque 225 lb feet
0-60 mph 8.7 seconds
1/4 mile 16.5 seconds @ 85 mph
60-0 mph 145 feet
EPA Mileage 19 mpg city 24 mpg highway


And like the wide open spaces of America's 38th state, the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado is designed to be bigger, bolder, and more rugged than the S-10. The Colorado, and its close kin, the GMC Canyon, also offer buyers a landscape full of choices. Both two- and four-wheel-drive, as well as Regular, 4-door Extended, and 4-door Crew Cabs are available.

The new ladder-style frame measures either a short 111.3-inch Regular Cab wheelbase, or a longer 125.9-inch wheelbase for the Extended and Crew Cabs. All Colorado models are wider and taller than the S-10, with the Extended and Crew Cabs also longer. But the dimensions have grown only sparingly, and fall way short of the mid-size Dodge Dakota pickup. This slightly inflated compact truck chassis is, however, surrounded in fresh, more angular, and very attractive bodywork that strongly favors the full-size Silverado.

The fact that most small trucks are purchased for personal use rather than work is evident in this ''Baby Silverado'''s bed lengths. 6-foot for Regular and Extended cabs, or an even shorter 5-foot box for our test LS Crew Cab 4X4. A bed extender is available for longer loads, and all models have a novel two position tailgate with lock.

For motivation, the Colorado's base engine is a 2.8-liter twin-cam 4-cylinder. It's 175 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque is a big jump over the S-10's base 2.2-liter 4.

Our LS is powered by the new Vortec 3500 inline 5-cylinder that's derived from the well-regarded 4.3-liter straight-6 that powers the TrailBlazer SUV. With output of 220 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque, this 3.5-liter dual-cam 20-valve motor provides real V6 kick. Available with all cab styles, it's attached to a new 5-speed manual, or our truck's beefed-up Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic.


Put it in drive and mash the gas, and the Colorado conquers 60 in 8.7 seconds. The quarter mile runs out in 16.5 seconds at 85 miles-per-hour. More than respectable for any 4,150 pound truck. The inline-5 is strong off the line, a bit soft in the midrange, but then lights up again as the tach passes 5,000 rpm. Contrary to speculation, even with an odd number of cylinders, power delivery is smooth and vibration free. As are the shifts, if also firm with well matched gear ratios to the engine's power curves. This flexible powertrain also allows for a maximum payload rating of 1,366 pounds, and a maximum towing capacity of 4,000 pounds.

In handling tests, the Colorado is all pickup. There is heavy front plow that, along with minimal steering feedback, slows its progress through corners. Body roll is plentiful, giving it a heavy feel. There is a ZQ8 sport suspension package with 17-inch tires that vastly improves cornering capabilities. But, in typical driving situations, Colorado is far superior to both the S-10 and other compact trucks when it comes to delivering a tight, comfortable ride. It also seems more nimble than rivals with turning diameters between 37 and 43 feet, depending on model.

Our LS delivers off-road as well, with a shift-on-the-fly part-time 4-wheel-drive system with electric engagement, and optional locking rear differential, and a minimum of 8.5-inches of ground clearance. Off-road hobbyists will likely trade up to the Z71 package and more aggressive tires. But otherwise our LS delivered solid traction and excellent control on dirt and gravel.

Back on the blacktop, the ABS-equipped front disc/rear drum brakes delivered 145 foot stops from 60. That's not short. Yet, chassis stability is first rate, pedal feel is solid, and nose dive minimal.

Like most modern pickups, the Colorado is well-equipped for the ''personal-use'' role. The interior feels far roomier than the S-10, even if dimensions show only small changes. Both foot wells are now wider and flatter. An important addition are optional side curtain airbags, the only ones in a small truck. Controls are large, intuitive, and easy to reach. That includes our truck's standard CD stereo. XM satellite radio is an upgrade with OnStar also available Seating is firm, with supportive buckets up front and a 60/40 split folding bench in the surprisingly spacious rear. You really can carry three back here in a pinch.

The affordable price is no surprise, however. Chevy compact trucks have always offered good value for the money. Prices start at $16,200 for a rear-drive 4-cylinder Regular Cab model. Extended Cabs with the 4-cylinder begin at $18,545. If you want a 4-cylinder Crew Cab, pay $21,010, while 5-cylinder models start at $24,170.

With the introduction of the Colorado, Chevy is writing yet another chapter in the bow-tie brigade's successful truck heritage, and pumping new life into the flagging small pickup segment. After all, not everyone wants or needs a full-size truck. The 2004 Chevrolet Colorado shows how careful engineering can derive more from less than ever before.

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First Colorado, Canyon trucks head to dealerships

Chevyland general manager expects pickups to sell quickly
David Westerfield / The Times
Posted on November 19, 2003

Jim Hudelson / The Times
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Lary Ennes of Stonewall loads a new Chevy Colorado onto his car carrier Tuesday morning. Drivers began loading and transporting the new models Tuesday. Ennes, who has worked for Jack Cooper Transport Co. Inc. in Shreveport for about 10 years, was heading to Alabama and Mississippi with the trucks
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Lary Ennes of Stonewall loads a new Chevy Colorado onto his car carrier Tuesday morning. Drivers began loading and transporting the new models Tuesday. Ennes, who has worked for Jack Cooper Transport Co. Inc. in Shreveport for about 10 years, was heading to Alabama and Mississippi with the trucks.

The Shreveport-built Chevrolet Colorado hit the road Tuesday for the first deliveries to auto dealerships nationwide, with a trio of trucks quickly going to two local dealers.

"Our customers have been crawling all over them, sitting inside, looking under the hood and opening the tailgate," Rob Feron, general manager of Chevyland in Shreveport, said of the silver crew cab and white sport-suspension regular cab he received Tuesday morning.

"I think these could be sold by today or tomorrow, but we have more coming. I've got about another 15 on the way."

General Motors launched production of the new midsize Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups last month in a new Shreveport plant that was a $1 billion investment for the world's largest automaker.

Red River Motor Co. in Bossier City received one silver crew cab Tuesday. "We won't sell it for a few days because we want to show it. We have a list of 30 to 35 people to call who want to look at it," said Bruce Davis, truck manager.

Jack Cooper Transport called back laid-off drivers and started shipping out Colorado and Canyon pickups (not yet delivered to a Shreveport dealer) to at least a dozen states, from Kansas to Kentucky and Texas to Tennessee. About 70 percent go by rail, the rest by truck. About 25 drivers had been laid off when production slowed and then stopped almost two months ago on the Chevrolet S-10 previously built at the plant.

"We've got all but five of our drivers recalled. I've been seeing a lot of happy faces," said Ron Smith, office manager at Cooper Transport. "We hope to call the others back in just a week or two. We are geared up and ready to go."

Cooper had more than 2,200 of the trucks sitting on its lot waiting for shipment. Smith said he could not estimate how many of those went out Tuesday.

Dora Nowicki, a Chevrolet marketing manager for the Colorado, said national advertising for the trucks will kick off early next year.

"You will see some exciting TV commercials and newspaper and magazine inserts," she said. "We are extremely optimistic. People like to see what's new and we have the only new midsize pickup out there.

"The ultimate goal is to take buyers away from our competitors. But we realize they are not going to roll over and play dead. It will be a vigorous year."

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General Motors hopes to sell 200,000 Chevrolet Colorado and at least 30,000 GMC Canyon pickups per year. For continuing coverage of GM and the automotive industry, go to http://www.shreveporttimes.com/autoinsider.

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Compiled by the staff of: WARD'S AUTOMOTIVE REPORTS

Ward's Auto World, Dec 1, 2001

General Motors Corp. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. have joined forces to
develop the next-generation S-10 family of small pickups, a program
expected to yield 500,000 units annually the largest project
undertaken by the two in their 30-year partnership.

The Isuzu-badged concept truck, recently unveiled in Tokyo,
will give way to production versions for both Isuzu and GM
with distinct exteriors. The joint effort leverages resources
and engineering expertise, says Isuzu President Yashinori Ida.
The Chevrolet Colorado/Isuzu pickups will be built in
Shreveport, LA, as well as in Thailand and Brazil.

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