GM's move south a blow to Ontario

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GM's move south a blow to Ontario




Rear-wheel-drive cars scrapped or moved to Michigan; company blames new fuel economy rules


From Thursday's Globe and Mail

January 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM EST

General Motors Corp. [GM-N] has scrapped plans to build some rear-wheel-drive cars at its giant operations in Oshawa, Ont., a move that could threaten the long-term future of the largest vehicle assembly plant in Canada and thousands of jobs.

The auto maker has scuttled the rear-wheel-drive version of the Chevrolet Impala, which was scheduled to represent half the output of a leading-edge flexible assembly plant now under construction in Oshawa, industry sources said.

Production of rear-wheel-drive Cadillac and Buick sedans originally slated for Oshawa will be shifted instead to Lansing, Mich., the sources added.

GM will begin producing the reborn Chevrolet Camaro as a rear-wheel-drive muscle car in Oshawa later this year.

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They are reissuing the Camaro eh? I bet this guy is happy:


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Speaking of the Camaro, my mother, who entered a few drag races in the 1960s at the local stock car track, had a Plymouth Road Runner and Chevy Camaro, both V8 monsters, while I had an Austin Mini Cooper. I was totally envious of her Road Runner, but at least I got to drive it often. She wouldn't let me near her Camaro, that was her baby. [img]rolleyes.gif" border="0[/img]


Could this be nothing more than an attempt by GM to get more concessions from the CAW? GM CAW negotiations begin soon.