With the introduction of the next-generation Camaro, in 2016, production will shift from Oshawa, Ontario to Lansing, Michigan, General Motors revealed this week.
The Camaro has been built in Oshawa since its resurrection in early 2009 as a 2010 model. The previous, fourth-generation (1993-2002), Camaro and Firebird were also built in Canada, at GM's then plant in Ste. Therese, Quebec.
GM says the decision to move the next-generation Camaro to theLansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant is based on a comprehensive business case that included lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies.
Higher unionized assembly worker wages and the strength of the Canadian dollar have made Canada progressively less-attractive to automakers than the U.S. and Mexico over the past decade.
In addition, the Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle built at Oshawa, while the RWD Cadillac ATS and CTS are already being built at Lansing.
Production of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro will continue in Oshawa until the end of the current product lifecycle.
The Buick Regal and the Cadillac XTS are also now built in Oshawa as will be the next-generation Chevrolet Impala which is scheduled to launch in 2013. GM previously announced it will add a third shift to support the launch of the new Impala there.
The current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox will continue to be produced in Oshawa until June 2014.
In spite of labour rhetoric over the Camaro decision, GM says it will continue to meet the production targets agreed to with the Canadian and Ontario governments during the company's 2009 restructuring.