It certainly looks like the Chevrolet Colorado is on its way to the Philippines soon as, following its global launch in Thailand in October 2011, General Motors Thailand is now preparing to export the midsize pickup truck to the global market.
"In spite of record demand in our Southeast Asian markets, we do not anticipate any capacity issues as our car and truck lines have been designed with a high level of flexibility," said Martin Apfel, president of GM Thailand and Southeast Asia. "We are able to react quickly to increasing requirements, and will meet our customers’ demands."
To ensure it can meet the increased demands from the local, regional and global markets, GM will be establishing a third shift for its lines in its Rayong, Thailand, plant. The Duramax Engine plant will also implement a third shift this month.
Like the Thailand-market Colorados, those bound for the global markets will also be powered by the same all-new 2.5- and 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engines "that provide a leading combination of performance and fuel economy across various specification levels."
A total of 26 Colorado variants--consisting of three body styles, with either a two- or four-wheel-drive drivetrains and in either low- or high-stance configurations--will be made available to motorists in Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia and South America.
GM Thailand added that roughly 45 percent of the total production of the Colorado in Thailand will soon be bound for export markets, and that, to date, a total of 18,576 units of the new Chevy pickup has been produced since its launch.
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