A GMC Acadia Denali this week marked the one millionth example of General Motors’ Lambda crossover line. The Crystal Red Tincoat crossover was built at GM’s plant in Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday.
The Lambda crossover family comprises the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and the erstwhile Saturn Outlook. The first two Lambda products were the Saturn and GMC, which bowed for model-year 2007 with a 275-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The Buick Enclave debuted for 2008, and the Chevrolet Traverse joined the lineup for model-year 2009. Shortly afterwards, GM added direct fuel injection to the engine range, which helped boost output to 288 hp.
The first Lambda product to be built was a white Saturn Outlook, which rolled off the line at the Lansing Delta Township factory on May 24, 2006. The factory employs about 3954 people and in 2010 built 277,696 Lambda crossovers. Of those, 118,220 were the Chevrolet Traverse, 82,555 were the GMC Acadia, and 74,414 were the Buick Enclave.
Last year’s tally also includes 2507 examples of the Saturn Outlook -- the car was built in small numbers to use up excess parts, even though Saturn production officially ended in 2009.