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Hello, I got a chance to tour Fort Wayne Assembly yesterday with GM's Tim Herrick, Executive Chief Engineer for Chevy and GMC full-size trucks. I thought this group might be interested in my video about it. Thanks.
A 2019 Trail Boss From The Media First Drive In Wyoming Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 9/4/2018 It hasn't moved one inch. Our 2019 Silverado has sat outside the Fort Wayne Production Factory for a few days shy of one month after being built. Why? We're still not sure. Also, according to Chevy.com's Chat, our order doesn't have an event code. Without an event code we're not sure where our Silverado is in the system or what its status is. As we said early last week, the reasons for our truck still being at the factory a month after completion range from quality defect to shipping issues. No matter the reason, this is starting to all look pretty silly. In reality, ordering a truck may have been the wrong move. Buying the first random truck to hit our dealer's lot may have been the better move. The 2019 Silverado and Sierra launch is arguably one of the most important the company has ever worked on. Are they moving slow and making sure things don't go wrong? Or is GM secretly having issues producing and moving the all new platform? We're not sure. We want to say the former, but the longer our truck sits in Indiana, we're inclined to believe the later.
This is an RST.... not our LTZ that has been vacationing in Indiana this month... Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 8/26/18 We got really excited when the 2019 Silverado LTZ we ordered in May was built at the beginning of this month. We had assumed that since baby blue was off the line and marked at GM Event Code 4000 (Available To Ship) that our new pickup would head our way quickly. Turns out we couldn't have been more wrong. Our 2019 Silverado has sat in the parking lot of the Fort Wayne truck plant for the last twenty days since it was marked ready to ship on August 6th. After talking to Chevy chat, our dealer, and even the lead engineer on the truck, we're more confused than ever to why our Silverado has been quietly vacationing in Indiana for the last month. Our dealer thinks it might be because of the color (Northsky Blue Metallic) as other blue trucks in our area have not shipped yet. Last month 2019 Silverado Chief Engineer Tim Herrick emphatically told us that the new 2019's were shipping from the factory ahead of schedule and there were not any issues with particular colors. Chevy Chat thinks the truck might have been pulled for quality control Our own research on GM Event Codes leads us to believe that it might be as simple as our truck waiting for the next ride to NH (of which there apparently are not many?) In any case, our 2019 Silverado LTZ is still in the parking lot at Fort Wayne. Produced, alive, but sitting still for the moment. Hopefully on the way to us soon... but we're not holding our breath anymore.
Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 4/6/2018 Mainline production of the 2019 Silverado and Sierra has begun on a limited scale. Automotive Sales Consultant Mike Davenport just posted four photographs from outside General Motor's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant to his Facebook Page. The pictures are confirmation that 2019 T1 Platform production has indeed begun, if only on a limited scale. The 2019 Silverado High Country and 2019 Sierra AT4, both high level trims, are destined to GM's "Captured Test Fleet", a standard practice for a new model launch. Basically, GM employees will end up driving these trucks and getting the final kinks out of the production process. It's also interesting to note that both are also equipped with the 6.2L V8- an engine we still don't know the power output of. Mike was kind enough to let us use these photos, so do him a favor and check out his facebook page and youtube channel The same High Country was also videotaped and posted to YouTube on March 31st so it's a fair bet we'll be seeing a LOT more of the 2019 T1 pickups very soon.