GM’s Oshawa Plant Gets Another Extension
General Motors Co. says it will continue to operate its assembly line in Oshawa, Ontario, to 2017. The plant has been scheduled for closure off and on since 2005.
GM says it will spend $9 million (C$12 million) there and at its CAMI Assembly unit in Ingersoll 126 miles away to expand output of Chevrolet Equinox midsize crossover vehicles at the two facilities.
The Oshawa plant also builds the Buick Regal sedan, the Cadillac XTS large luxury sedan and Chevrolet Camaro sport coupe and both previous- and current-generation Chevy Impala large sedans. The factory in Ingersoll also makes the GMC Terrain midsize crossover.
Although “Detroit” is synonymous with “automotive production,” the only major OEM that actually manufactures vehicles within the city limits is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as it runs the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are built.
General Motors Co. says it hopes to claim equipment and inventory from a bankrupt interior trim supplier to avoid being forced to idle all 19 of its U.S. assembly plants.
From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.