The first production units of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer are now rolling off General Motors Thailand’s production line in Rayong. The first unit, a 2.8L Duramax diesel powered range-topping LTZ model was greeted by the facility’s 5,200 employees, key suppliers and Thai Chevy dealers last week.

GM Thailand’s Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Trailblazer, which will be sold in Thailand and exported to more than 50 markets across our region and beyond. Based on the Colorado pick-up truck, the Trailblazer is a seven-seat SUV rival to the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

“Production is now getting into full-swing. Since May this year, we have added a third shift to our assembly and powertrain plants. The increase in production isn’t just to meet customer orders for the Trailblazer, but also to address increasing demand for the Colorado truck, which we have started exporting earlier this year. At the same time, demand for other models is also growing. This will be a very busy year for Chevrolet,” said Martin Apfel, President of GM Thailand/Southeast Asia.

Read all about the Chevrolet Trailblazer here. Our review of the Colorado pick-up truck can be found here.