by Nate Wooley | December 19, 2012 2:54 pm
Automaker General Motors (NYSE:GM) has announced that the next Chevrolet Camaro will be home-grown.
The new muscle car will be manufactured at the Lansing Grand River factory in Michigan, Reuters reports. The firm says the move is brought on by improvements in efficiency and reduced capital investments.
The jobs coming to Michigan are being lost in Canada, as the Camaro currently is built at a plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
Part of the reason for the move is to consolidate rear-wheel drive manufacturing. The Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive vehicle made at the Oshawa plant, and GM makes rear-wheel drive Cadillacs in Lansing.
Cost is another factor. A stronger Canadian dollar is making it less cost-effective to make cars up north. The Lansing plant also has lower labor costs due to its higher percentage of newer, lower-wage workers while the Oshawa plant has a more established, costlier staff.
The Canadian Auto Workers union, having just agreed to a new contract last fall, is calling on GM to replace the production at the Oshawa plant to maintain jobs.
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