More product going elsewhere with not much new product coming in
While one of Oshawa’s two lines is set to go out of service in 2016, Derek Kreindler at TTAC is seeing a future where both lines are shut down once GM’s “vitality commitment” is fulfilled.
According to Automotive News, the next-generation Buick Regal is set to be produced in Russelheim, Germany, the home of Opel Group. That means the Oshawa plant will again have to share volume on one of the models it produces.
The line slated to be shut down in 2016 currently produces the previous-generation Chevrolet Impala as well as the Equinox, which is slated to be produced exclusively in Ingersoll for its next generation.
Oshawa’s other production line makes the current-generation Impala and Cadillac XTS, a duty it shares with a Michigan-based plant. The Chevrolet Camaro is also built on this line, but it will be moved exclusively to Lansing, Michigan in 2016.
With the Buick Regal going to Germany, this leaves only two lower volume vehicles feeding one production line in Oshawa, with Kreindler stating “it’s hard to imagine that GM will keep producing cars in one of the world’s most costly jurisdictions.”