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Today, in Canada, at General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly Plant production of the new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible began.

The employees, union guests and executives commemorated the event in the company of Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., two well-known motorsports figures.

The 2011 Camaro Convertible is the second of three new vehicles (Buick Regal and Equinox) launched at the Oshawa assembly plant in the past four months and further demonstrate “the flexible capabilities of the plant,” said Kevin Williams, president of GM Canada.

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The drop-top version of the new muscle car will go on sale in the U.S. in February and will be available with two engine options and four trim packages.

The basic Camaro Convertible comes with 312 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine capable of 29 mpg on the highway. For $37,500 you will get the SS version of Camaro Convertible – the 400hp L99 V8.

Customers can choose from nine production exterior colors with tops offered in black or tan, while all convertible models are fitted with a rear parking assist system as standard.

General Motors expects that the 2011 Camaro Convertible will begin reaching US dealerships in late February.