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     BANGKOK, THAILAND – GM Thailand, maker of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck and Trailblazer SUV, today celebrated the start of production for its latest global export program sending the Trailblazer to the Central Asian Nation of Uzbekistan. The Thai-built Trailblazer goes on sale in Uzbekistan in the coming months, with the program representing thousands of units of additional annual production for GM’s manufacturing facility in Rayong.

     “We expect Trailblazer will do extremely well in Uzbekistan where varied road conditions demand a durable and capable, yet comfortable, four-wheel-drive SUV,” said Hector Villarreal, President of GM Southeast Asia. “Furthermore, Trailblazer’s presence will help reinforce Chevrolet as the dominant market leader in Uzbekistan while providing GM Thailand with yet another international export market.”

     Between the Colorado pickup truck and Trailblazer SUV, GM’s Thailand’s manufacturing plant now exports to 16 markets across Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Central America and Central Asia with the addition of Uzbekistan.

     Villarreal added: “We’re proud of our world-class manufacturing facilities in Thailand and we know Uzbekistan will be getting world-class vehicles. Both GM Thailand’s vehicle and engine plants achieved GM’s ‘Built-In Quality Level 4’ manufacturing certification in 2018, placing them among GM’s highest-quality manufacturing facilities in the world.”

     GM’s vehicle assembly plant in Rayong has produced more than 1.35 million vehicles since 2000, and the GM Powertrain plant recently celebrated production of its 500,000th engine, with almost 70 percent for international export.

     GM Thailand also was the first automotive company in Thailand to receive ISO 50001 certification for energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its manufacturing processes.