Locally built Chevy Colorado named truck of the year

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WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) - It’s an accolade St. Louisans can be proud of: The Chevy Colorado pick-up truck, built exclusively at Wentzville’s General Motors plant, was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year on Wednesday.

Since September, workers at the Wentzville GM assembly plant have been busy creating America’s hottest new truck: the Chevy Colorado.  Plant Manager Nancy Laubenthal says, “The entire GM Wentzville team is just thrilled to have the opportunity to build this truck.”

Now that this popular mid-sized pick-up is Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, Laubenthal predicts the Colorado will sell even faster.

UAW Local 2250 Chairman Mike Bullock adds, “More sales means more job security, and more jobs. We’re adding a third shift starting the late third quarter of this year, probably another thousand jobs are going to be added because of that.”

Every year, Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year is awarded to a new or significantly updated truck.  Citing its size, smooth ride, value and efficiency, motor trend judges unanimously picked the Colorado as the 2015 winner.

“On and on and on, against each one of our criteria, the Colorado came out ahead,” explains Edward Loh, the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.

Bullock adds, “It’s really a proud moment. We’ve been open 31 years here, and have never won an award of this size.”

Wentzville residents are also proud this award-winning truck is made right in their hometown.  Travis Jeffries says, “I know a lot of people from here that work there.  The way that jobs are right now, it’s cool to see.”  Stacey Larson explains, “Having them here, in our neck of the woods, we are so happy that it’s going to bring more money and more jobs to our area.”

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