The automaker cites "lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies" as key reasons for the move – indeed, the Camaro is the only rear-wheel-drive vehicle made in Oshawa; the Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS are currently manufactured there, and the upcoming Chevrolet Impala will join the front-wheel-drive group in 2013. Meanwhile, the Lansing facility currently produces two rear-wheel-drive vehicles – the Cadillac ATS and CTS – which makes the Camaro a natural fit.
The Canadian Auto Workers Union is, as expected, none too pleased by the "callous and poorly thought-out" announcement, "reacting in anger and frustration" according to a statement. CAW National President Ken Lewenza added, "General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the company out of bankruptcy."
The CAW says that "GM must replace lost Camaro production on a one-to-one basis." The automaker's own statement says it will "continue to meet the production targets agreed to with the Canadian and Ontario governments during the 2009 restructuring." In any case, production of the current Camaro will continue in Ontario until the next-gen model is ready to go on sale sometime within the next few years.
Feel free to read statements from both General Motors and the CAW below.
GM announced today the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro will be assembled at the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. This decision is based on a comprehensive business case.
Lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors in the business case. The Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle built at Oshawa. Assembling the next-generation Camaro at LGR consolidates the RWD assembly with the Cadillac CTS and ATS. As a result, GM will continue to deliver top-quality vehicles as efficiently as possible.
GM will continue to meet the production targets agreed to with the Canadian and Ontario governments during the 2009 restructuring.
Production of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro will continue on the flexible manufacturing line at Oshawa Assembly until the end of the current product lifecycle. The Buick Regal continues to be produced there, and GM recently invested $185 million to support the launch of two new products on the flex line as well: the all-new Cadillac XTS and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala scheduled to launch in 2013. In addition, GM recently announced it will add a third shift to support the launch of the new Impala there. The consolidated line at Oshawa Assembly will continue to produce the current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox until June 2014.
GM Must Replace Lost Camaro Production on a One-to-One Basis, says CAW
Press Conference Details Below
OSHAWA, ON, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW is reacting in anger and frustration at the leaked announcement by General Motors that the company will allocate the next generation of Camaro to its Lansing, Michigan assembly plant, instead of the Oshawa Flex Plant where it is currently built.
The decision will cut between one third and one quarter of production in Oshawa and will occur in late 2015, early 2016. The union is calling on General Motors to replace the production on a one-to-one basis, ensuring that no jobs are lost.
"General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the company out of bankruptcy," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza. While the exact number of jobs that may be lost has not yet been accounted for, removing Camaro could have the effect of closing down a number of auto parts companies. "This decision will cause yet another devastating shock to the Durham Region and the country's auto industry," said Lewenza. Lewenza called the announcement and its timing both "callous and poorly thought-out."
"The timing of this announcement couldn't possibly be any worse," said CAW Local 222 President Chris Buckley. "Our members are now going into the holiday season wondering what will happen to them and if they'll have jobs in the future. General Motors must now explain to our members and Canadian tax payers why they are pulling more production out of the country."
The CAW will be responding via a media conference call today at 2 p.m. at the CAW Local 222 Hall in Oshawa - 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue.
Please call 1-888-886-7786
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)