What the Canadian Auto Workers Union is describing as “a kick in the teeth,” General Motors is moving production of its beloved Chevrolet Camaro from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada to the Michigan Lansing Grand River assembly plant for the next-generation model that is expected to launch in 2015. Currently, Lansing Grand River serves as the birthplace of the Cadillac ATS and CTS.
Those of you who have been following industry reports closely should have seen this move coming, as the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is going to utilize GM’s state-of-the-art Alpha architecture — the same architecture currently used by the Cadillac ATS, and soon-to-be-2014 CTS. It makes perfect business sense to assemble all three vehicles under the same roof, rather than investing for tooling in two plants.
It’s still too far out to gauge what kind of impact the transition will have on the Oshawa facilities, but considering the plant’s importance, something should fill the gap left behind by the Camaro.
Update: GM Canada officially confirmed the impending transition.