Camaro Production Returning to the US

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Since 1993, the Chevrolet Camaro has been Canadian built. But that's all about to change when the next-gen model enters production in America.

Not everyone knows this, but since 1993 the Chevrolet Camaro has been built in Canada, that large land mass above the US. The fourth generation Camaro went out of production in 2002 and even when the current fifth-gen premiered in 2010, assembly still took place in Canada, only at a different plant. Despite the fact that this all-American pony car simply bleeds red, white and blue, it's been Canadian GM employees who've handled its final assembly for the past 19 years.

But that will soon change when the sixth-gen Camaro enters production sometime in 2014. General Motors has just announced that the next Camaro will be built in the US at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. The reason GM has given for the change of production venue is due to "lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies." It's currently being built at a facility in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, the same plant that builds other FWD models like the Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS. The Lansing plant has been building two other GM RWD models, the Cadillac ATS and CTS.

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In other words, moving the Camaro's production to a plant that's well equipped for RWD models makes complete sense. As you can imagine, the Canadian Auto Workers Union isn't too happy about this decision. Nevertheless, Camaro production will remain in Oshawa until the next-gen model arrives.

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