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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The extended hood and lowered deck of the Chevrolet Camaro are stretched to the far edges of the brawny fender forms to enhance its aerodynamic features. It’s fast-sloping rake windshield with a 67-degree angle also results to an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.37 Cd on V6 units and 0.35 Cd on V8-operated SS models.

The design and development process of the Camaro paid particular attention to the openings of its wheel arch. Whether it comes with the optional 19-in or 20-in wheels or the regular 18-in wheels, the proportional relationship between the base of the fender and the top of the tire is made consistent throughout the range. All Camaro models also highlight its iconic “V” design theme on the nose, as well as with the 2.5-in (63.5 millimeters) power dome of the aluminum hood – these details are common among the top-performing Camaro cars. A simulated air intake is also situated in the front upper fascia while the lower air intake has a bigger size among Camaro SS grade models.

Designers and developers took some inspiration from the Corvette in designing the car’s top portion and from chiseled double cockpits along the roof to give the car a unique Chevrolet appearance. On the outside, the B-pillar is hidden to achieve a hardtop coupe’s genuine look. The B-pillar’s design also enhances the rigidity and form of the car.

In order to improve the development process, the car is also built utilizing single-piece body stamping that produces a clean side view that has no gaps, plastic appliques or seams. The signature “gills” that can be seen in front of the back quarter panel are also some of the design cues that are famous to the Chevrolet Camaro.

There are 10 available colors for its exterior which include Victory Red, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, and Rally Yellow. Red Jewel Tintcoat can also be chosen as an option. The color palette also features White, Aqua Blue Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, and Inferno Orange Metallic.

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