Next-generation Chevrolet Camaro production to move from Canada to Michigan

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2012

General Motors intends to shift production of the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, Mich. The reasons given in GM’s include "lower capital investment" and "improved production efficiencies."

By moving the production of the Camaro to the Grand River plant, GM is allowed to consolidate production of the rear-wheel-drive sports car with the rwd Cadillac CTS and ATS. GM said that the Camaro was the only rwd vehicle built at the Oshawa plant. The transfer in production is likely to take place in 2015. This will be for the 2015 or 2016 model year.

The Automotive News Data Center said that through November, GM sold 78,554 Camaros in the U.S., a 4% drop compared to the same period in 2011. In a recent conference call, CAW President Ken Lewenza said that GM has informed the Canadian Auto Workers that they arrived at a decision two weeks ago. GM cited this as proof that this move wasn’t affected by the passage last week of Michigan's new right-to-work law.

However, Lewenza referred to the move as an “assault on Canada,” adding that the plant makes 100,000 Camaros each year, accounting for around 25-30% of the plant's total output. He said that when 25-30% of a facility’s production is taken out, that means that the same percentage of its members will lose their jobs. GM hasn’t yet confirmed the number of jobs that will be cut.

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