General Motors’ Thailand plant’s millionth vehicle a Chevrolet Trailblazer
Earlier in February, General Motors Thailand and Southeast Asia Operations celebrated the production of its millionth vehicle, a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Operations at the Rayong Assembly plant began in 2000.
GM CEO Mary Barra, and President Dan Ammann visited. Barra said, “Today’s milestone demonstrates why Thailand is so important to GM’s growth in Southeast Asia, and helps reinforce our commitment to continually strengthen our investment in this facility.”
“Everything starts with great products,” said Ammann. “Our plant in Rayong is an important member of GM’s regional and global manufacturing operation. It also is a key component of our consumer-centric and market-driven strategy for growing our product lineup and Chevrolet brand in the region.”
GM’s Rayong Assembly plant has 4,300 employees, and has the ability to produce different models and variants on the same line without excess downtime. This has facilitated launch a totally renewed lineup in the past 2 years. Exports were brilliant last year, shipping almost 44,000 vehicles to 77 countries.
GM CEO Mary Barra, and President Dan Ammann also visited GM Thailand’s Powertrain Facility and congratulated the team for building 100,000 engines since opening in September 2011 to May 2013. The plant produces 2nd-gen four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engines and is GM’s only diesel engine plant in the region. It’s also General Motors’ 1st powertrain facility to manufacture four-cylinder Duramax engines.