Automotive News reports that production of the next generation Camaro will move from its existing Canadian assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, to the Lansing Grand Rover Assembly Plant in Michigan. The Camaro will share an assembly line with the Cadillac ATS and the upcoming all-new CTS. Both the ATS and the upcoming new CTS share the new “Alpha” platform.
This all but confirms that the Camaro will also share the Alpha platform. GM will only say that the move will occur in the 2015 or 2016 model year. Keep in mind that the Alpha platform is all but state-of-the-art, and is also enormously lighter than the current Camaro platform. Conceivably, the Camaro could end up lighter than the 2015 Mustang… or at least on even terms.
Typically, the reaction of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union was a knee-jerk reaction, accusing GM of a quote “assault on Canada”. In reality, the decision was made for simple economics, consolidating all the production for the same platform in the same plant.