Earlier this year, General Motors was planning to end the production of the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala at the company’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. But following a change of heart, the automaker decided to extend the production of the two models till January 2020. Now, after a 40-day-long strike by the UAW, GM is extending it once more until late February. But what happens then?
In a report released by auto industry forecast company LMC Automotive, GM is rumored to be working on an electric pickup and SUV allegedly bearing a nameplate that was phased out a decade ago. The said nameplate is believed to be the Hummer brand, which will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning 2021.
Aside from the Hummer revival, GM is also reportedly set on giving the green light for the production of a van in the same year. This is in addition to a zero-emissions variant of the Cadillac Escalade, which will allegedly begin production in mid-2023, around the time the Detroit-Hamtramck plant begins work on a GMC Sierra EV.
While GM refused to respond to LMC Automotive’s claims, it’s been confirmed a new electric pickup truck was committed to the Detroit plant through the new four-year labor agreement reached by GM and UAW in October.
In a separate statement, GM said investments in the plant will pave the way for other vehicles to be built there.
GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is a 4.1-million-square-feet facility that has built over 4 million vehicles for the brand since 1985. The first model to be rolled out of the production line was a Cadillac Eldorado. The facility spans two cities with the assembly plant located in Detroit and the body shop in Hamtramck, hence the name.