GM shifts some auto production to Michigan


Ron and Shirley Sieja of Sylvania, Ohio, look at a Chevy Camaro during the Toledo Auto Show in January, 2012.

The Blade/Jeremy Wadsworth

OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors says it will move production of the Camaro from its Canadian plant operation in Oshawa, Ont., to a plant in Michigan.

The Camaro is currently made at GM's Oshawa flex plant, which employs some 2,000 people and also produces the Buick Regal and soon, the Cadillac XTS. The Canadian Auto Workers’ most recent contract with GM, which was ratified in September, guaranteed production of the Camaro in Oshawa only until the end of the current generation model.

GM said in a statement that “lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors” in the move. GM also says it will continue to meet production targets agreed to with the federal and Ontario governments in 2009.

Canada contributed $13.7 billion to help bail out GM and Chrysler.