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Several readers alerted us to a report out of Canada on Friday stating that GM has selected its Oshawa, Ontario plant to build the new Camaro. A formal announcement is expected on Monday.

The news caps a good week for the Canadian Auto Workers union, who also learned that GM's plans to eliminate 1,000 jobs in the city were scuttled because Impala sales are so strong. That, plus the Camaro announcement, clear up the picture for the 2 years remaining on the CAW's contract with GM, during which no permanent layoffs are expected at the Oshawa facilities, according to sources who spoke to The Globe and Mail.

General Motors is expected to detail plans to create a flexible manufacturing facility in Oshawa with an annual production capacity of up to 500,000 vehicles, including the Camaro. Reports put GM's annual sales projections for the new musclecar at 100,000 units. The Zeta rear-drive platform that it will be built on is expected to be used for a host of other GM vehicles in the pipeline.

Thanks to tipsters bojac, CTG and Matt D!

[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, I live 20 minutes from Oshawa.
      So, its going to be great seeing the first batch of Camaro make there way to dealers.

      On that note, I believe when the Charger was being built (In Ontario as well) The first batch of Chargers were sent to America first. I could be wrong, but I believe it is true.
      So for all the Americans who got there Canadian built Chargers first, be happy.
      Maybe the same will happen with the Camaro?

      All in all I am very happy that they are building the car period.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Once the Camaro and Firebird were built in Los Angeles (Van Nuys plant) near to their biggest market.
      From what I gather, labor/management relations were pretty much a "what not to do" textbook for the Japanese, and the behavior of some of the UAW workers there still blackens the reputation of the union.
      • 8 Years Ago
      David:

      It's not the rest of the world's fault that the US citizens don't demand more for their tax buck. After all, every single other first world nation has at least basic universal health care, and somehow manages to only maginally higher personal taxes. In the case of Canada, some regions are consistantly lower in taxation than the American average, and still manage to provide it.

      Let me let you in on a little secret: Free marketeers like to refer to any group of people uniting to get a discount "Socialism". What I find funny it that when corporations do the same thing, they are persuing the noble strategies of "finding synergies", or achiving "economies of scale".

      Riddle me that, Batman.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 1966 Auto Pact laid the foundations for the later free trade arrangements between Canada and the US. The treaty allowed US-built cars duty-free into Canada with the stipulation that for every car imported to Canada, one must be assembled in Canada.

      This worked out great for Canada, since now the ratio is about 1:3 (for every car exported to Canada from the US, 3 are built by the manufacturers in Canada). Seeing the positive results of the Auto Pact quieted the protectionists on the Canadian side, and allowed for the US-Canada and eventually NAFTA free trade agreements.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WillDaThrill:

      Well, when GM doesn't have to pay huge UAW/Healthcare dues for each car it builds, then maybe they'll start building more cars in the US again. Remember, Canada has universal healthcare: Therefore, no healthcare required for workers up there. Same goes with Japan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hey the last gen Camaro's and Firebird were built in BoisBrillant.... I'm sure the thousands who lost their jobs when the models were killed would LOVE to get their job back and reopen the plant.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those who worked at Ste-Therese/Boisbriand (as well as at the long-defunct Scarborough Van plant) got preferential hire at Oshawa. Oshawa is the last plant standing in Canada (with the exception of a couple small parts plants).
      • 8 Years Ago
      And what better place to build one of America's dream hotrods than Canada? Hey, while your at it, why don't you save some Canadian jobs too. Isn't outsourcing fun boys and girls?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's see... the last gen Camaro and Firebird were built in Canada and Oshawa has consistently been one of GM's best plants, if not the best. Makes perfect sense to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fair enough. However, we are losing jobs, too. When I started at GM in Oshawa in 1983, there were over 20 000 employees in Oshawa alone. We're about half that now. Our other Canadian assembly plants, in Scarborough and Ste-Therese, have long since closed. We will down even more jobs, as plant 2 will eventually also close, even though getting the flex plant will keep it going a while longer...we'll build out the present Impala while they gut and retool plant 1 for the Camaro et al.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Canadians make the best quality cars outside of Japan. The only Lexus plant in the world outside Japan is in Ontario, Canada. Toyota and Honda both have high-rated plants in Canada, and GMs top rated plant is in Ontario, Canada. So basically if GM wants a good car, its either Japan or Canada.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, the Taurus was built in Chicago and Georgia.

      Not sure if I call building in Canada outsourcing, and I am one of the biggest outsourcing critics. They build in Canada, because among other reasons, Canada actually allows American-built cars to sell cars there and has the market to buy them, unlike Japan and countries without a middle class.

      This is a two way street, one of the few.
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