General Motors is delivering its troops to Canada, where it hopes to produce cars locally.
GM Defense was founded in 2017, and its parent company has invested $ 6 billion since 2009 in the GM Oshawa and GM CAMI plants in southern Ontario. The Oshawa plant currently produces the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Chevy Silverado HD.
The new U.S. Army infantry vehicle, or ISV, is manufactured by GM Defense at a special GM facility in North Carolina and is based on the Chevy Colorado platform. The brand says it meets Canadian defense requirements, so there may be something similar at work for the Great White North.
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“GM’s world-class manufacturing and engineering resources in Canada make this cooperation a natural next step in expanding our global presence,” said Steve DuMont, President of GM Defense. “We have an ongoing partnership with GM Canada, which allows us to deliver highly customized solutions to meet the unique needs of Canadian defense and government consumers. We understand that the Canadian military procurement process will require significant investment in the country, and we are confident that GM’s current and future investments will help meet our commitment to industrial technology incentives to support Canadian consumers. ”
There is not much information about what cars GM plans to make in Canada, but the brand recently participated in the Canadian Defense and Security Industry Association exhibition in Ottawa on June 1-2, so we may get some news. about plans for the near future.
In 2019, the U.S. military awarded GM Defense a $ 214.3 million contract to build, deploy and support ISV.