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    Arlington To The Rescue! GM Plant Goes Full Tilt On New SUV Production

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    Redesigned Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans are making their way to dealerships just as General Motors could use a boost to its bottom line and many of its retailers have run low on inventory during the pandemic.

    "Next to the pickup trucks, [large SUVs] generate the highest profits for General Motors, which it desperately needs right now as we hopefully come out of the pandemic and to provide money to invest in future products and future technologies," said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader.

    Production of the redesigned 2021 Tahoe and Suburban started in June, shortly after GM's eight-week shutdown of North American production. GM retooled the Arlington, Texas, plant that builds its large SUVs during the closure. The company began shipping Tahoes to dealerships in June and Suburbans in late July.

    GM had to complete production of the previous generation of Tahoe and Suburban at Arlington Assembly while GM's other North American plants were closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As workers who volunteered for the assignment finished the buildout, they helped develop health and safety protocols that GM implemented nationwide when the plants reopened.

    "We were able to come online sooner than we thought. We've had great success with the protocols put in place there," said Jim Danahy, executive chief engineer of Chevy's full-size trucks and SUVs. "We're running three shifts six days. ... We continue to work with the state and local folks as the pandemic continues to ebb and flow and change. And that's how we've been able to keep up."

    Dealers are clamoring for the SUVs, having coped with tight inventory levels over the past few months.

    "It's important to support their dealers with fresh new products that they can sell easily and for good prices," Krebs said. "Those are solid, important vehicles for the brand. Fresh and new usually wins."








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    Re: Arlington To The Rescue! GM Plant Goes Full Tilt On New SUV Production

    Someone once told me the production line in Arlington is 'paved with gold'. I guess an estimated 4,000 units a week of Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and Escalade models certainly prove the point.

    I have yet to see the new GM trucks in person, but I did see my first Corvette yesterday.

    GM is most certainly on a roll.









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    Re: Arlington To The Rescue! GM Plant Goes Full Tilt On New SUV Production

    A dealership near me has a 2021 Tahoe. List price is $83K. Thats insane.

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    I've seen a few 2021 Tahoes on the road and two Yukons on a transporter here. They looked great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeobandit View Post
    A dealership near me has a 2021 Tahoe. List price is $83K. Thats insane.
    When I read this, I was thinking, "what"? "Next to the pickup trucks, [large SUVs] generate the highest profits for General Motors"

    On a per-unit basis, SUV's gotta be more profitable, on total volume profit it probably is trucks, but not many "cheap" SUV's and even the ones that are "cheap", aren't "cheap".
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    Re: Arlington To The Rescue! GM Plant Goes Full Tilt On New SUV Production

    Quote Originally Posted by zeobandit View Post
    A dealership near me has a 2021 Tahoe. List price is $83K. Thats insane.
    I think possible if you try hard, I started with a high country and found every option I could check and got to 82K. But if they can find buyers for it, good on them. If I were a SUV buyer though, I'd definitely go for the slade to get that dash.

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    Tahoe Z71 looks amazing in person. I'm talking the best SUV I've ever seen.
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    Re: Arlington To The Rescue! GM Plant Goes Full Tilt On New SUV Production

    Quote Originally Posted by Perian View Post
    Someone once told me the production line in Arlington is 'paved with gold'. I guess an estimated 4,000 units a week of Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and Escalade models certainly prove the point.

    I have yet to see the new GM trucks in person, but I did see my first Corvette yesterday.

    GM is most certainly on a roll.









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    you wouldn't know it from this site.
    I am yet to see a C8, or any of these new SUV's

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    you wouldn't know it from this site.
    I am yet to see a C8, or any of these new SUV's
    I've seen a new Tahoe and a couple of Corvettes on the freeway thru town. They are quite nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    When I read this, I was thinking, "what"? "Next to the pickup trucks, [large SUVs] generate the highest profits for General Motors"

    On a per-unit basis, SUV's gotta be more profitable, on total volume profit it probably is trucks, but not many "cheap" SUV's and even the ones that are "cheap", aren't "cheap".
    I never paid attention to Suburban/Tahoe pricing 30 years ago, any clue what it was like? Meaning was a maxed out 1990 Suburban priced the equivalent of $50k today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    I've seen a new Tahoe and a couple of Corvettes on the freeway thru town. They are quite nice.
    I saw the new Trailblazer yesterday, pretty nice looking little ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    I never paid attention to Suburban/Tahoe pricing 30 years ago, any clue what it was like? Meaning was a maxed out 1990 Suburban priced the equivalent of $50k today.
    A 1999 Tahoe 4 door 2WD was $29,920. 2020 dollars that's $46,298. Tahoe starts $10k over that mark. You can easily argue they've added $10,000 worth of stuff.

    A 1999 Tahoe 4 door 4WD was $32,250. 2020 dollars that's $49,903.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Tahoe Z71 looks amazing in person. I'm talking the best SUV I've ever seen.
    Saw one last week in dark grey...it is pretty badass, but that price is a m%@%#&#er..

    Quote Originally Posted by zeobandit View Post
    A dealership near me has a 2021 Tahoe. List price is $83K. Thats insane.
    With that list price, what is the point of GMC again?...oh to sell you a reskinnedd version for $83.1k before you step up to a $81k Base Escalade...madness.

    Good luck to GM, Its a beautiful truck...just at the wrong time IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    On a per-unit basis, SUV's gotta be more profitable, on total volume profit it probably is trucks, but not many "cheap" SUV's and even the ones that are "cheap", aren't "cheap".
    Cheap for GM--not for you.

    The SUVs they mention are variants of the pickup truck line. There is very little in these trucks that require high-end engineering efforts (the largest cost structure of any product). Most if not all things in these vehicles are based off of technology from decades ago. Even the MyChevrolet thing in the middle is basically the same that exists in all other vehicles... Even the rear axle was a solid rear axle until this generation!

    In contrast there's a lot of engineering that goes behind making a fuel-efficient Equinox, XT4, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Saw one last week in dark grey...it is pretty badass, but that price is a m%@%#&#er..



    With that list price, what is the point of GMC again?...oh to sell you a reskinnedd version for $83.1k before you step up to a $81k Base Escalade...madness.

    Good luck to GM, Its a beautiful truck...just at the wrong time IMO
    I'll bite... why is it the wrong time? Certainly they were due to be replaced and upgraded. They've always sold exceptionally well and GM absolutely OWNS this segment.
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