A $400-milion investment will fund required upgrades for Oshawa according to The Globe and Mail. That upgrades will make Oshawa perform final assembly of General Motors pickups. It will use bodies produces in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and shipped to Canada.
The investment in Oshawa’s Flex line will potentiate it to produce the trucks. That will envelop installing interiors and other stuff such as work performed by Consolidate Line workers to produce Chevrolet Equinoxes. They will use bodies made by CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario.
Regular and double-cab light and heavy-duty pickups are producing at the moment by GM’s Port Wayne Assembly.
After many negotiation, Jerry Dias, president of Unifor lauded the deal made with General Motors. He said “I am pleased to announce to our members…that we have found a solution for your facilities.” We can’t be sure if the solution is necessary for existence of pickup request or making project work to keep Oshawa open till next round of negotiation, planned for 2020.
According to sources of The Globe and Mail, full-size SUV bodies will be shipping from Arlington, Texas, for final montage. This means 1,460-mile journey to Oshawa.
Because of suspension, General Motors closed its truck factory in Oshawa
The distribution of new production is far away from what Oshawa lost in 2009. Because of suspension, General Motors closed its truck factory in Oshawa.
General Motors moved production to Silao, Mexico, as the economy recovered the sales of full-size pickups increased.
Oshiawa also lost Chevrolet Camaro (which production is moved to Michigan) and Chevrolet Impala Limited, a generation before Impala, that was in production this summer.
Oshawa will produce the Cadillac XTS until 2019 as addition to the new pickup line.
Next generation of Buick Regal will be producing exclusively in German. Current generation of Chevrolet Impala is now producing in Oshawa and Michigan, but request for full-size sedans is going down.