GM to close one of the two lines at its Oshawa assembly plant

Article by Christian A., on June 5, 2012

One of the two lines at General Motors Co.’s Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant will be closed by June 1, 2013. The original plan was for the consolidated assembly line, which has about 2,000 workers, to cease production in 2008. GM announced this in November 2005. GM said that the output was extended because of the demand for the Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Equinox crossover.

GM said that it’s still too early to make an accurate prediction of how the jobs will be affected by these scheduling actions. Canada communications director Faye Roberts said that the company has been notified b y the Canadian Auto Workers employees that one of three shifts on the consolidated line will be removed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

A second shift will be halted in the first quarter of 2013 and the consolidated line will cease totally when production of the existing generation Chevrolet Impala ends, which is likely to happen in June 2013. The Oshawa plant's second assembly line, a flex line, makes the Chevrolet Camaro, Camaro Convertible, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS. Beginning in 2013, this will serve as a manufacturing location for the next generation Chevrolet Impala.

With the 2014 Impala, Chevrolet hopes that customers will see that in addition to having a new design, this flagship sedan will also pay tribute to what made this model a classic. On its sides are coves which have been sculpted and help add to the emotion that the design already brings with it. With the greenhouse region being long, visibility is maintained while helping improve the sleek appearance.

Though the deck lid does look short, it helps complement the car’s overall proportion. In addition, despite the size, the trunk actually offers cargo space amounting to 532 liters (18.8 cubic feet). Of course, the fender in the rear has that sweeping signature cue, a sort of homage to the design of the class Impala. Completing the look in the rear are the signature diagonal dual-tail lamps with the LTZ trim, adding in the exhaust outlets outlines in chrome. Speaking of proportions, the new Impala is low yet long. Because of the wind-swept profile, it gives the impression of always being in motion.

The choice of the wheels, the 18-inch version, a 19-inch variant, and the 20-inch option, has been customized in that it would give the Impala’s body just that right stance. The front shows the use of the projector beam low-profile headlights. Under the LTZ trim, there are instead the HID headlamps plus the daytime running lamps in LED, with the latter helping provide excellent visibility while giving a more modern look.

These same headlights on the base model are able to stretch on the corners and allow it to frame the Impala’s grille. By having a power dome hood, it reveals performance. Colors offered for the exterior include Black, Blue Topaz Metallic, Cyber Gray, Silver Topaz Metallic, and Tin Roof Rusted. Additional colors offered as well are White Diamond Tricoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Champagne Silver Metallic, Blue Ray, and Crystal Red Tintcoat.

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