August 22, 2006
Chevrolet Camaro to be built in Ontario
General Motors announced that the Chevrolet Camaro will be built in Ontario. Click image to enlarge
Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada has announced that the all-new Chevrolet Camaro will be built at the company’s facility in Oshawa, Ontario. The Camaro was introduced as a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.
GM has indicated that the production version will be almost identical to the concept, which was named “Best in Show” at the Detroit event. The facility will build early production versions in 2008, with start of sales in the first quarter of 2009; the car will feature an independent rear suspension, rear-wheel drive, and choice of V6 or V8 engines with manual or automatic transmissions.
The Oshawa plant will be converted to a flexible manufacturing facility, with preparatory work beginning immediately, funded through a $740 million investment. The investment completes GM’s “Beacon Project” announcement made in March 2005, and brings GM Canada’s total investment since that date to more than $3 billion.
The Camaro announcement was made on Monday, August 21 at an event in the Oshawa Car Plant, attended by numerous dignitaries including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, CAW President Buzz Hargrove, and GM of Canada president Arturo Elias.
“This demonstrates GM’s faith in the community and proof that it will be here for many decades to come,” says Oshawa mayor John Gray, also present at the announcement. “There has been doom and gloom said about our community, but those naysayers have been proven wrong today. GM has invested in this community and this is solid proof that GM and our community will continue to grow and prosper.”