2016 Chevrolet Camaro Pilot Production Begins in Lansing

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the most heavily awaited performance car in North America and, incidentally, its predecessor is the best-selling performance car in the U. S. of A. Though in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro “playbook” we’re told that V6 and V8 production starts late this year, guess what happened today at the automaker’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in The Great Lake State.
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You’ve guessed it! Pilot production for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro started and a $175 million investment will see the facility add state-of-the-art tooling and equipment for the manufacturing of the #CamaroSix. Mind you, the fifth-gen Camaro will live on until November 20th, when 2015 MY production ends at the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada.

GM Grand River Assembly plant improvements come in the guise of three new paint systems for Camaro-specific colors: Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot. What’s more, the $175 million investment includes the (re)addition of a second shift of 500 jobs late this summer.

In addition to the previously mentioned, two robotic framers will be installed for improving “dimensional control to provide a more precise drive experience,” whatever that means. “We build the best cars in the world right here in Lansing, and we’re delighted to welcome the 2016 Chevy Camaro to the Lansing-made family of great automobiles,” said Mr. Virg Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing.

“I may be the luckiest mayor in America today. Gearing up for full-scale production of the legendary Chevy Camaro is a new high point in the more than two decades of extraordinary partnership between the City of Lansing, General Motors and the UAW,” added Bernero.

As a brief reminder, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be available in LT and SS grades, with a 2-liter LTG turbo-four acting as the entry-level engine. A 3.6-liter LGX V6 complements the four-banger, but let’s face it - there’s a voice inside our heads that whispers: “get the SS! It’s got the LT1 V8 of the C7 Corvette, man!”
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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