US: GM ready for announcement surrounding Lansing grand River factory image

The largest US automaker will later on today headline crucial news in regards to its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, with the “positive news announcement” also being about the 2016 Camaro.

The automaker is rumored to headline the production start date for the plant’s assembly process of the sixth-generation of the muscle car, with the 2016 Camaro forecasted to reach dealer lots before the year’s end – GM executives, plant officials and employees have all hinted the production output could start this fall for the model. The news is crucial since the Camaro has not been produced in the United States since the early 1990s – the outgoing generation has been produced at GM’s Oshawa (Ontario) Assembly plant in Canada, with sales exceeding half a million since the middle of 2009. The successor, the 2016 Camaro, has been presented May 16 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit and has the same platform as the rear-wheel-drive Cadillac ATS – a model produced at the Grand River Assembly facility.

The factory has also lost a second assembly shift this year because of dismal sales of passenger cars, which have been overtaken by sport utility vehicles and crossovers in the United States over the past months. Numerous rumors surrounding the Camaro shift to Lansing revolve around that lost shift, but GM executives have stressed the return of the employees actually hinges on the marketplace and Camaro sales. The GM news release will feature Scott Whybrew, GM’s North American manufacturing manager, Lansing regional plant manager Mike Trevorrow, United Autoworkers Local 652 president Mike Green and Al Oppenheiser, the Camaro’s lead engineer.