General Motors Co. is developing a family of high-end electric SUVs and pickup trucks to produce at its assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, sources tell Reuters.
GM had intended to shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck facility at the end of this year. But last week it offered to keep the plant open and spend $3 billion to turn it into an electric truck factory.
The facility would handle GM’s “BT1” electric SUV and pickup truck program. Reuters says the plan aims to roll out its first model, a low-volume electric pickup under an unspecified brand, in 2021. The EV will be followed by three models in 2023: a pickup for GMC and two SUVs, one of them a Cadillac model.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
Honda is an engine company.