General Motors is deploying its military to Canada, where it hopes to build vehicles locally.
GM Defense was founded in 2017 and its parent company has invested GM 6 billion in GM Oshawa and GM CAMI plants in southern Ontario since 2009. The Oshawa production facility currently produces the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Chevy Silverado HD.
The new U.S. Army Infantry Squad Vehicle, or ISV, is manufactured by GM Defense at a dedicated GM defense facility in North Carolina and is based on the Chevy Colorado platform. The brand says it is in a good position to meet Canadian defense requirements, so it is possible that something similar could work for the Great White North.
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“GM’s world-class manufacturing and engineering resources in Canada make this collaboration a normal step forward in expanding our global presence,” said Steve Dumont, president of GM Defense, in a statement. “We have an unwavering partnership with GM Canada that will enable us to provide highly customized solutions to meet the unique needs of our Canadian defense and government customers. We recognize that the Canadian military procurement process requires significant investment in the country, and we are confident that GM’s current and future investments will help us meet our industry technology advantage obligations in support of our Canadian customers. “
Not much is known about what cars GM plans to make in Canada, but the brand recently participated in the Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries trade show in Ottawa from 1st to 2nd June, so we can get some news about its plans in the near future.
GM Defense was awarded a $ 214.3 million contract in 2019 by the U.S. military to build, field and sustain ISVs.