GM Ends Chevy Equinox Production At CAMI Plant29
Production of the Chevy Equinox compact crossover at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario has come to a conclusion, with GM shutting the plant down to begin retooling and preparation for production of its BrightDrop Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 electric delivery vans.
The last Canadian-built Chevy Equinox rolled off the assembly line at CAMI on Thursday, April 28th, although the compact crossover will continue to be produced at the GM San Luis Potosí plant and GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. The new Chevy Equinox EV will arrive for the 2024 model year, however GM has not yet confirmed where this model will be produced.
Bitter sweet time at CAMI. As our stamping dept winds down first. Last Equinox off the line in assembly scheduled for later this week. CAMI has built the Chevrolet Equinox since 2004! #Zevo600 pic.twitter.com/YEN6CyOhnM
— UNIFOR 88 🇨🇦 (@Unifor88) April 25, 2022
Production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 will commence at the Canadian facility in the fourth quarter of this year, GM said in a release, with Zevo 400 production set to ramp up at the facility in early 2023. The first 500 examples of the Zevo 600, which were ordered by FedEx, are being produced by a third-party supplier at a separate facility in Michigan while renovation work at the CAMI plant is underway.
GM says its team will have installed the BrightDrop production equipment at the facility by September, with employees returning to work in October for training on the new line. The plant will operate on one shift rotation until Zevo 400 production comes online next year. A third production shift may be added if there is enough demand for the two commercial van models, the automaker also said.
Marissa West, newly-appointed president and managing director of GM Canada, said the automaker is targeting a record turnaround time for the Ingersoll plant renovations.
“CAMI Assembly is playing a key role in GM’s vision for a zero-emissions future,” she said. “We plan to retool our Ingersoll plant in record time to support the start of BrightDrop EV production in Canada before year-end.”
The BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 ride on a dedicated EV architecture, tapping GM’s Ultium model battery design and Ultium drive motor technology. The larger Zevo 600, which will launch in dual-motor all-wheel-drive form, has an estimated range of around 250 miles and boasts 600 cubic feet of cargo space, with a GVWR of fewer than 10,000 pounds. It will eventually also launch in a single motor front-wheel-drive configuration. The Zevo 400, meanwhile, utilizes the same platform and powertrain technology but has a shorter wheelbase of just over 150 inches and 400 cubic feet of cargo space.
The CAMI plant will have a max annual production output of roughly 30,000 units between both the Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 models.
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Where else in the US, besides Mexico will the Equinox be produced?
The Equinox has never been produced in the United States. You do know that CAMI is in Ingersoll Ontario Canada, right?
Some 2nd Generations were built in Spring Hill, TN
Yes I know that but they are no longer producing the Equinox in Canada. Will be in Mexico now.
Great. Another one of gm’s top sellers being made outside of the US/Canada…
Next time GM need a bail out, they can get it from Mexico.
First they drop some engine availability. Then they produce it in Mexico. Signs say dropping the Equinox in the near future.
Yeah, they are replacing it with an EV Equinox.
$29,000,000.00 . . .
To build cars elsewhere.
I’m sure the ICE Equinox will be dropped when the all electric Equinox comes out and the new Trax will takes its spot and it will have dimensions close to Equinox. It will be built in Korea.
gm better hope they never need any aid from Canada or the US again. All opponents will need to point to will be the percenrage of vehicles gm makes in these countries to the percentage the transplants make.
You realize they are retooling the plant to build EV delivery trucks? It’s not a permanent shut down.
True but they’re building 30k Brightdrops vs. 250k Equinox.
La Pontiac Torrent se ve mucho mejor a pesar de no estar en producción. Pero los bean counters…
See ya! Nothing but problems with our 2021 Equinut, One trip from NY to Tennessee and it was in the shop. Sway bar links wore out , and one of the El cheapo control arms bent. Before that the infotainment center went black they fixed that and the all wheel drive didn’t work . They fixed the all wheel drive and infotainment went black . They did get everything working eventually in synch , but what a pain in the a** . Our 2017 was great , I’d trade the 2021 for the prior gen any day.
I purchased a 2022 Equinox over a month ago. It was supposedly in transit. Then I’m told there has been a delay. Cancelled my order. First time in 20+years Chev has played this game
Thank you GM for 10yrs of employment as well as taking our jobs away for free/next to nothing labour.
10 years of excellence in quality and quantity, blood sweat and tears. Dealijg with the lost of many employees due to suicide, because of the harshness of being mandated to work 6-7days a week for 6 years straight. Despite the drama and the emotional up and down Rollercoaster ride, being an employee working on the equinox is a memory worth Remember.
Many of us came face to face with many life challenges extending from divorces, not being able to attend funerals and wedding of our friends and families due to being mandated while working on the equinox, and for the ones like myself who wernt favored, the worst was having to deal with most of the hardship on our own or having to fight hard to gain the necessary help from management.
Nevertheless, I met some really great people, bought my first home, gain some amazing life long experiences, being challenged both mentally and physically made me who I am today.
I wish all my fellow workers the best in life as we part ways to what was a settling, clean and well organized work environment to be apart of. We achieved excellence and we overcome hardship. Good luck.
Next time GM need a bail out, they can get it from Mexico.
Where do you think all your yuppie cars are built?
We also purchased a 2022 equinox. Said it was in Toronto waiting for a driver. LOL. ITS BEEN THREE WEEKS. Now they say its in transit. Liars. Will never by GM again. If this Fri we get the runaround again we will cancel. And look at different Company. Ford. Suburu. Toyota. No more GM
Let’s stop being so biased against Mexico, it is a part of North America for those who choose not to see it that way, if gm chooses to locate the production of the Equinox at that location, then so be it, that won’t stop customers from purchasing one at US Dealerships if they choose to do so.
A part of North America that pays third world wages…
Check another one off the UAW buy list,my 20 Equinox is my last.
The real reason the Equinox is discontinued is because of dangerous issues that GM will not stand behind warranties claiming they don’t have a fix for electrical issues linked to the start stop system. 2018 Equinox brought brand new issues started at 22,000.
Just turn 38,000 still no recalls yet. I will not buy another GM product period! Lemon law Attorneys out for themselves and GM not the consumer!
We have had four Equinox’s since 2015 and three were assembled in Mexico and the fourth at the Cami plant. The Canandian built 2019 is by far the poorest built of all. The doors are much more tinny sounding, not sure if they didn’t coat the inside or what but sound cheap when you close them. Also the 2019 gets an average of 1.5 mpg less from oil change to oil change. We are still driving the 2018 as well and it was built in Mexico and is by far a better built car.. We are trading the 19 in on my truck whenever it gets here. Of course that is a big unkown since I have been trying to get a truck built and delivered since March of 2021. Currently it is supposed to be awaiting a train ride from the Ft. Wayne plant. Hopefully this US built truck has better quality.
Does anyone have any data on quality for Equinoxes built in CAMI vs in the two Mexico plants? Thanks!