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GM BEGINS CHEVY EQUINOX PRODUCTION IN OSHAWA

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GM BEGINS CHEVY EQUINOX PRODUCTION IN OSHAWA

By Drew Johnson

Just six months after its initial announcement, General Motors has begun production of its popular Chevrolet Equinox model at its Oshawa, Ontario production facility. The move will allow GM to increase production of the Equinox and the GMC Terrain.

GM’s CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario was previously in charge of all Equinox and Terrain production, but that single plant couldn’t keep up with consumer demand, prompting GM to look to its underutilized Oshawa plant. Under the new plan, the CAMI plant will ship Equinox bodies to Oshawa for final assembly and paint.

Additionally, the move will clear room for more Terrain production at the CAMI plant.

“The incredible efforts of the teams at CAMI and Oshawa will better enable us to meet soaring customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada.

GM says the move will allow it to produce between 60,000 and 80,000 additional Equinox and Terrain models per year.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/gm-begins-chevy-equinox-production-in-oshawa.html

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GM starts ‘shuttle’ between Ontario plants to build more crossovers

Vanessa R. Williams

Automotive News -- September 20, 2010 - 2:45 pm ET

General Motors Co. today began regular production of the Chevrolet Equinox in the Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant as a part of the “Equinox Shuttle” plan, designed to increase production of its two top-selling crossovers.

Besides the Equinox, GM also will boost production of the GMC Terrain.

The Equinox Shuttle uses the extra production capacity at the recently built body shop at the CAMI Automotive Inc. plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to transport Equinox bodies about 125 miles from the CAMI plant to Oshawa for final assembly.

By doing so, the CAMI plant, which is operating on three shifts, is able to increase production of the GMC Terrain.

CAMI formerly was a joint venture between GM and Suzuki Motor Corp. GM acquired Suzuki’s half of the company last December.

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain sales have increased 49 percent in Canada and more than 140 percent in the United States, where GM exports more than 85 percent of production, GM said in a recent press release.

“In a fraction of the time required for typical capacity increases, our teams have effectively implemented a fast, flexible, innovative and cost-effective approach to increase capacity for both vehicles,” Kevin Williams, managing director of GM of Canada, said in a statement.

Through August, GM has sold 35,092 of the GMC Terrain in the United States and 6,746 in Canada, while 87,397 units of the Chevrolet Equinox have been sold in the United States and 12,676 in Canada.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100920/OEM01/100929990/1261#ixzz107bgP3Dd

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Oshawa is really turning into a "do it all" plant. Impala, Camaro, Regal, Equinox... I miss any?

Flex production indeed.....

LOL, Oshawa does not build the Ford Flex. Although it is probably flexible enough to do it.

Boy those Canadians can sure work their ass off, they are building half of GM's lineup it seems.

I hope this vehicle shuttle thing does not compromise vehicle quality.

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Oshawa is really turning into a "do it all" plant. Impala, Camaro, Regal, Equinox... I miss any?

Flex production indeed.....

I think your going to see more of this... look for both Lordstown and Orion assembly to build multiple models as well. the two plants will be able to interchange the Cruze and the Aveo. So if say the Aveo sells well and Orion cant keep up they can run Aveo's in Lordstown. they days of having one assembly plant to just build one car is about over.

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I hope this vehicle shuttle thing does not compromise vehicle quality.

The two plants that made up Lansing car assembly basically had to do the same thing, just with less distance between.

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