CHICAGO The next-generation Chevrolet Camaro will be
assembled at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing,
Mich., General Motors Co. said Wednesday, citing lower capital
investment and improved production efficiencies as key factors
in its decision.
The Camaro is the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle built at
Oshawa, Ontario, and assembling the next-generation Camaro at
Lansing consolidates the rear-wheel-drive assembly with the
Cadillac CTS and ATS.
GM will continue to meet production targets agreed to with the
Canadian and Ontario governments during the 2009 restructuring,
the Detroit-based company said.
Assembly of the current-generation Camaro will continue on the
flexible manufacturing line at Oshawa until the end of the
current product life cycle.
Oshawa continues to produce the Buick Regal, and GM recently
invested $185 million to launch two new products on the flex
line: the Cadillac XTS and next-generation Chevrolet Impala,
each of which are scheduled to launch next year.
GM plans to add a third shift to support the launch of the new
Impala there. The consolidated line at Oshawa Assembly will
continue to produce the current-generation Impala and Chevrolet
Equinox until June 2014.
GMs decision will cut production in Oshawa by between
one-quarter and one-third by late 2015 or early 2016, the
Canadian Auto Workers union said. As a result, the union is
calling on the automaker to replace that production on a
one-to-one basis, ensuring no job losses.
While the exact number of jobs that could be lost hasnt
yet been accounted for, removing the Camaro could have the
effect of closing down a number of auto parts companies, the
Union members are starting the holidays wondering if
theyll have jobs in the future. (GM) must now explain to
our members and Canadian taxpayers why they are pulling more
production out of the country, CAW Local 222 president
Chris Buckley said.