Detroit, Michigan – General Motors is increasing production at several North American assembly plants, including Ingersoll, Ontario, in response to increased sales.

The company will add shifts and overtime, and reinstate forecasted down weeks at select facilities, scheduling an additional 60,000 vehicles in the third and fourth quarters of 2009.

General Motors of Canada also announced that, due to demand for the Chevrolet Camaro, overtime at the Oshawa, Ontario plant where it is built will continue until at least through the end of October. The plant has been running on Saturdays since June.

Extra shifts will be added at CAMI in Ingersoll, which builds the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, and in Lordstown, Ohio, which produces the Chevrolet Cobalt, bringing approximately 1,350 people back to work. The company also reports increased demand for the Chevrolet HHR and GMC Canyon, and consumer interest in the new Cadillac SRX and CTS Wagon, and Buick Allure.

“We are running our plants to maintain maximum flexibility and keep production tightly aligned with customer demand,” said Tim Lee, group vice president of global manufacturing and labour. “The uptick is an encouraging sign that vehicle sales are turning around, and we will ramp up quickly to meet that demand.”

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