General Motors Eyeing $38 Million Investment in Michigan Plant to Welcome Next-Gen Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is shedding its Canadian accent as it moves across the border from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to the U.S. in its next generation. Now we have a better idea where it’ll be made: Lansing, Michigan, alongside the Cadillac ATS and the third-generation Cadillac CTS that’s set to debut this month in New York.
General Motors is mulling the idea of a $38 million investment in its Lansing Grand River facility to upgrade its facilities and hire on more workers in preparation for its expanded role.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said that the expansion could add as many as 150 new jobs as well as inject $1.7 million in new taxes into its local economy over the next 12 years. If it goes through, GM will break new ground as early as July and be done with the project by 2015. A spokeswoman for General Motors told the Detroit News that the automaker is still hashing out the business case for the upgrades.
Already employing 1,643 workers, the Lansing plant recently took in a $190 million to add another shift for the 2013 Cadillac ATS–and likely prepare for the redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS. Both Cadillacs will share General Motors’ lightweight Alpha platform, and it is assumed the Camaro will go on a diet and implement the Alpha in its next generation, too. The next Camaro is anticipated to debut as a 2015 or 2016 model.
Formerly an Oldsmobile plant, Lansing Grand River has manufactured Cadillac products since 2003. Last year, Lansing made nearly 75,000 ATSs and CTSs, and Oshawa produced just under 100,000 Camaros. GM’s Oshawa plant will manufacture the Cadillac XTS and 2014 Chevrolet Impala in addition to the last batches of the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro.
Sources: Detroit News, Automobile Magazine
By Jacob Brown