The Chevrolet Colorado is a capable work truck that offers equal amounts of comfort and utility for buyers.
If you want information on where the Colorado trucks are made, then this article is for you.
Read on to find out where Chevrolet assembles its formidable Colorado models.
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Before we get started: familiarize yourself with the good and bad years for Chevy Colorado.
Where Are Chevrolet Colorados Being Made?
Chevrolet manufactures Colorado models at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri, USA. Meanwhile, Colorados for international markets are produced at the GM Rayong Factory in Thailand and in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Are Colorado for the U.S. Market Produced in the U.S.?
Since Chevrolet released the Colorado in 2012, it has assembled all models sold to American buyers in the USA.
At inception, the manufacturing of Colorado trucks took place at the Shreveport Assembly in Louisiana.
However, Colorado production at Shreveport Assembly stopped after the plant closed in 2012.
Production moved to the GM plant in Wentzville, Missouri, for what would be the model’s second generation.
The Wentzville Assembly started producing Colorado trucks in 2014.
Are They Being Assembled in the U.S.?
Chevrolet has been assembling the US Colorado models at its plant in Wentzville, Missouri since 2014.
During the model’s first generation (2003-2012), the assembly was at the Shreveport Assembly Plant in Louisiana, USA.
Please also read our article about how long the Chevrolet Colorado lasts.
How Can You Check Where a Specific Colorado Was Produced?
There are two ways of knowing where a Colorado truck was made: checking the VIN or checking its release date.
If you’re using the latter, you would do well to know the following:
Colorado trucks produced in the USA during the first generation (2003-2012) were made at the Shreveport Assembly in Louisiana, USA.
Chevrolet Colorado trucks produced in the USA during the second generation (2014-present) were made at the Wentzville Assembly in Missouri, USA.
Decoding the VIN is another method of knowing your Colorado’s production location.
VIN is an acronym meaning ‘Vehicle Identification Number’, a 17-character code that contains digits and alphabets.
The VIN has details about your truck’s identity, including its location of assembly.
For instance, the first VIN character identifies what country made your truck.
Vehicles assembled in the United States usually have 1, 4, or 5 as their first VIN symbol.
Besides, the VIN has a Plant Code that identifies the specific plant which assembled your vehicle.
The plant code is the 11th character in the VIN and can be a letter or number.
The plant code for the Wentzville Assembly is ‘1’ while Shevreport Assembly has ‘8’ for its plant code.
Are Japanese or European Built Colorado Better?
Chevrolet has no factories in Japan or Europe building the Colorado models since it has a weak presence there. As such, this question doesn’t apply to the Colorado models.
Make sure to also read our article about driving the Chevrolet Colorado in snow and winter.
Where Is the Colorado Designed?
The design for most Chevrolet vehicles takes place at GM’s Research and Design facility at the Warren Tech Center in Warren, Michigan.
Thus, we can assume the Colorado is designed at the Warren Tech Center, too.
Where Are Colorado Made for the Australia Market?
Chevrolet manufactures a right-hand drive Colorado variant for sale on the Australia market at its Rayong Assembly in Thailand.
However, it sells the Colorado in Australia as a re-badged Holden model. Holden is a GM subsidiary that manufactures and sells GM vehicles for the Australian market.
Note: GM will stop producing the Chevrolet Colorado for the Australia market in 2020.
Where Are Colorado Made for the Canada Market?
Colorado trucks sold to Canadian buyers come from the GM Wentzville Assembly in the USA.
However, first-generation Canada Colorados were mainly assembled at the GM Shevreport Assembly in Louisiana, USA.
Where Are Colorados Made for the U.K. Market?
Currently, there is no version of the Colorado made for the UK market.
Even so, you can have a right-hand drive version imported from Thailand. Or you can import an American-made Colorado and get it converted to right-hand drive.
Also check our article about how long the Chevrolet Silverado lasts.
Is Chevrolet Planning to Move Its Production?
Chevrolet will stop production of the Colorado models at the Rayong, Thailand after 2020.
According to General Motors, low plant utilization and forecast volumes made continued production at the Rayong Assembly unsustainable.
Is Chevrolet Hiring or Firing in the U.S.?
General Motors has announced plans to retrench a little over 600 workers at its American factories this year.
This is because of falling sales (and reduced production), which has affected every automaker globally.
However, there seems to be some small-scale hiring going on at some GM plants in the US based on an analysis of job listings.
Is Chevrolet an American Company?
Chevrolet is an American vehicle manufacturer owned by General Motors.
Founded in 1913, Chevrolet is one of the oldest automotive brands in the United States. It presently operates in over 100 countries.