Production begins on Trailblazer SUVs set for SA
While we’re anxiously awaiting the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV, the first production units are rolling of the line at General Motors Thailand factory in Rayong.
The first range-topping LTZ model fitted with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine was greeted by the facility’s 5,200 employees, key suppliers and Chevrolet dealers from across the country. The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Trailblazer, which will be sold in Thailand and exported to more than 50 markets across Southeast Asia and beyond, including South Africa.
The seven-seater Trailblazer is based on General Motors’ new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture. The company promises premium ride comfort and handling dynamics for urban and highway driving, matched by off-road capabilities.
“The Trailblazer will be built in Thailand for Thailand, and soon also make its way into the rest of the world. And delivery of the Trailblazer to our customers in Thailand starts right now,” said Martin Apfel, President of GM Thailand/Southeast Asia.
Local benefits for Thailand
According to Apfel, parts suppliers are ready to support GM, and the expected demand for the Trailblazer. As much as 70 percent of the Trailblazer’s parts will be sourced locally from Thai suppliers.
“Production is now getting into full-swing. Since May this year, we have added a third shift to our assembly and powertrain plants,” he continued.
“We will also continue to look for more skilled workers to join us, as we respond to the increased demand for our products, locally and overseas.” Apfel added.