General Motors has big plans for its next generation of full-size SUVs like Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade and they don’t relate only to the traditional U.S. market.
The automaker expects to export more than a quarter of the big sport utility vehicles it plans to build at its re-tooled assembly plant in Arlington, Texas when the new 2015 models launch production in the months ahead.
“Twenty-five percent to 30 percent of the vehicles will be exported,” predicted Jeff Luke, GM executive chief engineer for full-size truck and sport utility vehicles. “They do real well in the Middle East. I was in Dubai (recently) and all the police agencies were using them,” he said.
And the maker sees other opportunities abroad, Cadillac’s global market chief Bob Ferguson suggesting there are “very good” opportunities for the brand’s new Escalade in China once it goes into production next spring.
GM expects to begin building the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon Denali models next January, several months ahead of the more luxurious Cadillac Escalade.
GM truck engineering executive Luke said the Arlington plant is tooled to build roughly 200,000 of the big sport utility vehicles and GM expects to sell all of them. Cadillac manager Ferguson said he is confident the Escalade alone will generate “double-digit” sales gains after its long-delayed launch.
GM’s success in selling its big SUVs, which are also popular with livery fleets and companies that specialize in armoring limousines and other vehicles, adds to the steady growth of exports from automobile plants in the U.S.
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