General Motors Co. today began regular production of the Chevrolet Equinox in the Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant as a part of the “Equinox Shuttle” plan, designed to increase production of its two top-selling crossovers.
Besides the Equinox, GM also will boost production of the GMC Terrain.
The Equinox Shuttle uses the extra production capacity at the recently built body shop at the CAMI Automotive Inc. plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to transport Equinox bodies about 125 miles from the CAMI plant to Oshawa for final assembly.
By doing so, the CAMI plant, which is operating on three shifts, is able to increase production of the GMC Terrain.
CAMI formerly was a joint venture between GM and Suzuki Motor Corp. GM acquired Suzuki's half of the company last December.
Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain sales have increased 49 percent in Canada and more than 140 percent in the United States, where GM exports more than 85 percent of production, GM said in a recent press release.
“In a fraction of the time required for typical capacity increases, our teams have effectively implemented a fast, flexible, innovative and cost-effective approach to increase capacity for both vehicles,” Kevin Williams, managing director of GM of Canada, said in a statement.
Through August, GM has sold 35,092 of the GMC Terrain in the United States and 6,746 in Canada, while 87,397 units of the Chevrolet Equinox have been sold in the United States and 12,676 in Canada.