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GM Arlington SUV Plant To Build Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon Two-Mode Hybrid

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - March 2006 -- General Motors today announced the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Two-mode Hybrid SUVs will be built at its Arlington assembly plant beginning in late 2007.

The vehicles will be equipped with GM's two-mode full hybrid transmission, which will be produced at its Baltimore Transmission Operations in White Marsh, Md. To prepare the Baltimore facility for production of the two-mode full hybrid transmission, GM will invest $118 million and add up to 87 new jobs.

The two-mode hybrid system will be mated with GM's Active Fuel Management technology for a composite fuel-efficiency gain of 25 percent over the base Tahoe.

"Arlington Assembly is known for its outstanding productivity and quality," said plant manager Mike Glinski. "We were the most productive full-size SUV plant in the Harbour Report North America 2005, and the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe were first and second, respectively, in the Full-Size SUV segment of the 2005 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study."

The two-mode hybrid system, originally implemented by GM in transit buses in 2003, is being cooperatively advanced and adapted by BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler and GM for use in a broad variety of cars, trucks and SUVs.

GM has a unique hybrid strategy, with plans to offer several different hybrid systems across multiple brands and vehicle applications at various price points, providing an opportunity for more consumers to own a hybrid vehicle and benefit from increased fuel economy savings.

Arlington Assembly began building the all-new 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe late last year and the vehicles went on sale in mid-January. Production on the all-new GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade began in January. The plant built more than 155,600 full-size SUVs in the 2005 calendar year. Arlington Assembly currently employs approximately 3,000 hourly and salaried employees.




Major Investment To Expand Production Capacity In Important Market Segment

Pontiac, Mich., June 1998 - GM announced  it will invest more than $400 million into its Arlington, Texas truck assembly plant to build a wide variety of new full-size trucks. GM officials estimate the investment will create more than 500 new jobs and increase the plant's production capacity by approximately fifty percent, compared to current levels.

The Arlington investment is part of an ongoing strategy to increase truck production to meet strong customer demand for GM trucks. By 2001, GM will have nearly doubled its full-size truck assembly capacity since 1993. Production of the new models is scheduled to begin at Arlington in the second half of the 2000 calendar year.

Once renovations are completed, the Arlington plant will join GM plants in Oshawa, Ontario, Pontiac, Mich., Fort Wayne, Ind., Janesville, Wisc., Silao, Mexico and Flint, Mich. as manufacturing sites for GM's new full-size trucks. The Arlington plant will have the flexibility to build a wide variety of full-size truck models based upon market demand. With the investment, the plant's body shop, paint shop and general assembly department will be fully renovated.

"This investment is another step in GM's continuing strategy to build more trucks," said Guy Briggs, GM vice president and general manager of the GM Truck Group. "This will allow us to meet increasing customer demand for our full-size truck models and build on our leadership in this competitive market segment."

Over the past several years GM has taken many steps to increase assembly capacity at its full-size trucks plants including:

Converting former car plants in Wentzville and Arlington to trucks

  • Increasing line rates at all full-size plants

  • Implementing flexible work arrangements to add production crews at Flint, Pontiac East and Oshawa

  • Investing in facility improvements at all plants

  • Increased plant productivity through a simplified build process.

Arlington Assembly currently produces GM's Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon Denali and the Cadillac Escalade full-size SUVs and heavy-duty versions of GM's venerable Chevy C/K and GMC Sierra pickups. The plant currently employs approximately 2,000 hourly and 200 salaried employees.

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