ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s some good economic news for the St. Louis region and it comes in the newly-redesigned form of the Chevy Colorado pickup.

The truck will be assembly at the General Motors plant in Wentzville. Plant manager Nancy Laubenthal was in Los Angeles Wednesday, where the redesigned Colorado is making its debut this week.

“We’re very excited as we get ready to start production. We are proud of our launch team that has been training for the last 11 months to build this vehicle,” she said.

The local auto workers union says General Motors’ decision to assemble the truck in Wentzville is great news for the plant’s employees.

“Here in Wentzville, we’ve been open for 30 years but the first five years we built five different vehicles,” Mike Bullock with United Auto Workers Local 2250 said. “The next 18 years we only built the Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana so the arrival of the new Chevrolet Colorado is a welcome addition to our employees.”

The Colorado will be marketed as a mid-size, fuel-efficient alternative for customers who don’t need a full-size pickup.

“It’s going to bring an exciting new exterior with a sleek, sporty, aggressive, more capable front end and a refined interior,” Colorado Chief Engineer Anita Burke explained.


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