January 18, 2002
GM of Canada President presents one millionth Oshawa-built pickup to new owner
Oshawa, Ontario – A major milestone was reached at GM of Canada’s Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre on Thursday when the keys to the one millionth GMT800 Series pickup truck built since the start of production in 1998, were presented to its new owner, PPG Canada, by GM of Canada president Michael Grimaldi.
The 2002 GMC Sierra Denali in pewter metallic colour, which features GM’s innovative Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system, will be driven by Ron Stevens, a market manager in PPG Canada’s Automotive Coatings Division, which supplies paint for GM products built in the Oshawa car and truck plants.
In making the presentation in the plant, Grimaldi said that, “The Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre was selected as the lead plant to launch this generation of full-size pickup trucks in 1998 because of the reputation of its employees for quality, productivity and the ability to get the job done.”
He said that, “Since that time the employees have continued to lead the corporation in these important areas, while introducing new features ranging from three- and four-door vehicles to Quadrasteer, GM’s revolutionary four-wheel steering system that enhances both low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability.”
Grimaldi added that, “This is a high quality plant with an excellent record — and there are millions of Chevrolet and GMC truck owners all across North America who will agree with that. The workforce here has contributed greatly to GM’s truck industry leadership and its lineup of the best trucks in the world — bar none.”
General Motors of Canada’s truck production began in Oshawa in 1919, with a total of 675 being built that year. Since then, almost eight million trucks have been built in Oshawa. The first million took 39 years to build and the last million a little over three years.