GM’s Arlington Assembly Plant Sets 70-Year Record with Production of 34,000 SUVs in March

The record of 34,000 vehicles was achieved with three shifts working 27 days, the company said. The final number broke the previous monthly record set in March 2022.

Overcoming many challenges—including supply chain disruptions—the General Motors Arlington Assembly plant set a 70-year monthly production record in March by producing more than 34,000 vehicles.

The record was achieved with three shifts working 27 days, the company said. The final number broke the previous monthly record set in March 2022.

“This production record is a testament to the work and dedication of every team member,” John Urbanic, Arlington Assembly plant executive director, said in a statement. “Challenges, such as supply disruptions, are overcome by the team on a daily and hourly basis. Our celebration of this milestone is not just about the number, it’s about the people who build consistent quality into every SUV that we produce. Recent recognitions and milestones are proof our workforce does it better than any other manufacturer.”

The company said that the Arlington team’s efforts make possible its No. 1 position for full-size SUV sales for the 48th straight year.

The Cadillac Escalade is No. 1 in the full-size luxury SUV segment sales for the ninth straight year. The Chevrolet Tahoe Is ranked first in Large SUV in Initial Quality according to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study, the company said. The Tahoe received the lowest rate of reported problems among large SUVs in the J.D. Power 2022 study of new vehicle owners’ experiences after 90 days of ownership.

Over 1,400 robots are part of the 1-million-square-foot body shop at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant. [Photo: GM]

Specializing in SUVs

Arlington Assembly produces the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade V.

It exports vehicles to more than 30 countries.

The plant currently employs over 5,600 workers and has employed tens of thousands since opening in 1954. The plant operates six days a week over three shifts.

General Motors Co. said in its recent quarterly report that it and its dealers delivered 603,208 vehicles in the U.S., up 18%, in the first quarter of 2023. It grew market share by an estimated 1.5 points, the largest of any automaker, the company said.

GM also said it had a strong start to the year with sales of more than 20,000 EVs as it scales production of vehicles on the Ultium Platform, and expanded truck leadership with launches of new HD and midsize pickup trucks.

A global company, General Motors is focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all, the company said. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles.

General Motors, its subsidiaries, and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun, and Wuling brands.

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