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GM Oshawa to build new Impala

Published by Steve Coleman on December 16, 2011

General Motors is adding a new breed of Impala to its Oshawa Assembly Plant.

The automaker announced Dec. 16 that it plans to invest another $68 million into its Oshawa operations to add the next generation Impala to the list of vehicles produced.

The decision is expected to keep 350 jobs at the plant with the fifth new product committed to the plant since 2009.

"With the investments for the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS, we are taking big steps forward to ensure we maximize the flexible manufacturing facility and high-quality workforce that exist in Oshawa," Kevin Williams, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada said in a news release. "We are building on the recent capacity increases, product launches and shift additions at our Canadian operations to affirm that Canada will play an important role in the new GM as we continue to transform our product lineup."

GM announced at the beginning of August that it decided to add the Cadillac XTS to Oshawa in 2012 at a cost of $185 million. That decision was expected to add 750 jobs to the plant's payroll.
To keep operations as flexible as possible, the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant will also build the new Impala.

Oshawa has undergone several changes this year, including the recent launch of the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Chevrolet Equinox. The move added two new shifts and guaranteed 1,300 jobs. The plant employs more than 4,400 people and also builds the Chevrolet Camaro.

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