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OSHAWA -- Rumours that GM Canada is scrapping production of vehicles at its new flex plant in Oshawa are just that according to company officials and union leaders.

On Thursday, the Globe and Mail sparked concern about job cuts, after reporting GM was dumping plans to build rear-wheel drive versions of the Chevrolet Impala, Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS at its new flexible manufacturing plant in Oshawa -- reducing output by 250,000 vehicles a year.

According to GM spokesman Stew Low, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

He confirmed the Buick and Cadillac models will be built in Michigan, but says they were never slated for Oshawa in the first place.

As for the rear-wheel drive Impala, Mr. Low says the company decided not to move forward with the product.

“You can’t cancel product programs that were never even approved,” he said.

So far, the only product slated for the new flex plant is a rear-wheel drive Camaro. Production will start next year.

Mr. Low wasn’t sure what other models might be built there, saying the company will have to look carefully at new fuel-economy requirements in the United States.

Chris Buckley, president of Local 222 of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union, said he is disappointed GM decided not to move forward with the next generation, rear-wheel drive Impala, but not surprised given the new fuel economy legislation.

“At this point, they’re not telling us what products will be put in that plant but GM owes us a product in Oshawa on top of the Camaro,” he said. “We need to produce enough to sustain full employment there and we need some indication of what that product will be.”

Mr. Buckley will be meeting with high-level GM officials next month and expects to get some answers then.

At the national level CAW President Buzz Hargrove wasn’t fazed by Thursday’s Globe report, saying GM is spending $2.5-billion in Oshawa -- including $435 million from the provincial and federal governments -- much of which is being funnelled into the new flexible plant.

“I am confident GM wouldn’t spend $2.5 billion and just produce the Camaro at that plant,” he said. “We anticipated we might get some other rear-wheel drive vehicles there, but we can build front-wheel drive there too. That’s why it’s called a flex plant.”
 

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imo the other product will be G8 and G8 ST. Also maybe the new GMC 4 door car based, if they produce it.
 

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I'd guess the same Brandon. They have to produce something there besides the Camaro. Otherwise the cost to build the Camaro would go up and many would lose their jobs. GM already said they wanted to move G8 production there so hopefully its soon so they can keep the lines moveing at full capacity!
 

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They must produce something besides the Camaro. That was in the deal right?
I figured this would be the outcome. GM needs to bring in a FWD/AWD vehicle that will meet the new CAFE rules. A high percentage of GMs fleet must get 35 mpg by 2020. When we here in Oshawa build over 300 thousand cars it won't take too long to over shoot those numbers if your building RWD V8s. As i said in another post this week , GM needs to preplan and look carefully into the future and make sure that the investment will bring a return on that money.

They have $2.5 billion in new plants and equipment here so it boils down to a waiting game.
 

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They must produce something besides the Camaro. That was in the deal right?
And what everyone is forgetting or not bothering to understand , is that GM never said that Oshawa was going to get the G8 , Cadillac, Buick, Impala replacement RWD Zeta's. Camaro was the only car in that shelf agreement between the company and union. It was JUST ASSUMED that Oshawa would get additional vehicles ! When its not written down and signed off by Detroit then we can't complain about loseing something we never had !! Its that simple.
 

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I hope yall start producing the Alpha platform WHEN IT COMES OUT.


If that "When" ever turns to an "If"..I'm going to do something....un-kind. :|



 

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Yeah that is true, so far the only thing committed to the new Flex line at Oshawa is Camaro.
I'm still assuming that G8 will move there in a couple years, but that is not factual information.
I think that move would be good for Oshawa though.... and Holden can survive without producing the G8 in Australia.
 

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There has to be a massive cost savings in building the G8 in Canada vs Australia?! Shipping thousands of cars thousands of miles can't be cheap. I love the Holden cars but have faith in Oshawa to build the G8 with the same pride and quality as Holden.
 

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The success of the Oshawa plant getting other product will be based on contract negotiations between the CAW and the Company.How much is the CAW willing to give up to insure other product for the flex plant??????????

Its going to be a very interesting year here in Oshawa !! With the Camaro starting to take shape later in Sept and the contract up in Sept who's going to blink first. Can anyone afford to have Camaro production come to stop at such a critical time right before the launch.
 
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