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New Camaro

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by onlychevy6, Mar 20, 2006.

  1. onlychevy6

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    CAW Approves Camaro Changes

    Plant rules will enable Canadian factories to build Zetas, including Camaro.
    by Joseph Szczesny [​IMG] (2006-03-13)
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    The Camaro That Almost Was by Paul A. Eisenstein (1/23/2006)
    How GM's hot concept pony car got that way.

    2006 Detroit Auto Show, Part XIII by Richard Yarrow (1/10/2006)
    Camaro's backstory, Wrangler four-door-Cherokee?-for New York.


    Members of Canadian Auto Workers Local 222 in Oshawa, Ont., have approved a series of work rule changes that could lead to General Motors announcing soon that it plans to move ahead with plans to build a new Chevrolet Camaro.


    The Camaro was one of the big favorites of journalists and car buffs at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. GM's executives have promised they will decide quickly if they will turn the concept Camaro into a production car before end of the decade.


    With the feasibility study still in the works, GM negotiators recently settled in for eleven days of intense negotiations with CAW representatives from the Oshawa assembly complex where GM now has three assembly plants. CAW officials have said that the negotiations are a prelude to a decision on actually building the Camaro.


    Late last week, the workers at Oshawa voted in favor of what CAW officials described as a cost-saving agreement demanded by GM. The production members of CAW Local 222 voted 74 percent to support the proposal, while skilled trades voted 70 percent. With the union's acceptance of GM's demands, GM Canada management should now be in a position to make its pitch for future product allocation from Detroit, said Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222.


    "Some very difficult decisions have been made, not only by the union leadership, but by our members as well. Without a doubt, this has been a very emotional event."



    The changes will not affect the wages, benefits, pensions, or time off the job for CAW members. However, union officials said that the agreement does make room for as many as 2500 CAW members, nearing retirement age, to leave the GM payroll early.


    The changes in the agreement are designed to make the Oshawa facility more competitive in the global market. The complex currently has about 11,000 employees who staff three different assembly plants and other units.

    GM said last November that one of the assembly plants in Oshawa will close in 2008 as part of cost-cutting initiatives. Targeted for shutdown is the Oshawa No. 2 plant, which currently builds the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick LaCrosse/Allure. The No. 1 plant is set to lose assembly of its Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Impala models in 2009 and would pick up the rear-wheel-drive Camaro along with other models under the proposal approved by the CAW. The Monte Carlo and Impala would likely become all-wheel drive.


    The CAW says turning Oshawa's two car factories into one flexible assembly plant that can produce different vehicles would better position GM Canada to secure as much as $701 million in new investment from General Motors.


    "We were fortunate in Oshawa to have had the opportunity to work on securing our futures," Buckley said. "There are a number of GM facilities in North America which will not, and will unfortunately close, putting thousands of working people on the unemployment line. Our members in the vehicle assembly plants and in the parts suppliers deserve a secure future. CAW members at GM have done their part; it's now time for General Motors to step up to the plate," said Buckley, who said the Oshawa complex now had a good shot a winning the Camaro work.


    In the complicated internal politics of GM product allocation decisions, the CAW maintains it has first claim on the Camaro because the last Camaro had been built at an old GM assembly plant in Ste. Therese, Quebec, that had been staffed by CAW members.


    Despite the likelihood of a smaller work force at Oshawa, the union said it did not want to flirt with the chance of GM opting to close both car plants and losing about 5600 jobs. There is also a truck assembly plant at Oshawa.


    "Nobody wants to be having this vote, so in that regard there is not a lot of good feeling," said CAW spokesman Peter Kennedy.


    Other potential changes that were rejected by the union during contract negotiations last September include outsourcing janitorial staff and getting rid of an in-house construction crew, opening the door for outside contractors to come into the complex, the CAW said.
     
  2. chevyfumes

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    Notice the canadians are building it and the picture of the camaro is RED.. wtf...
     
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    I think manufacturers discontinue a model just so they can bring it back a few years later. Wish they'd bring back the K5. :(
     
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    Would'nt that technically be a GMC Camaro?
     
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    You can call it whatever you want, I'll bet my IRA that I can't fit in it.
     
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    As long as it's offered with a V8 and is RWD, I'll be okay with it.
     
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    isnt the tohoe the new k5
     
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    its tAhoe, and yes and no... the Tahoe was originally the replacement for the Blazer, but dropped the 2 door option in the mid to late 90s.
     
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    2door option for the Tahoe was dropped after the 99 model year.
     
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    No you dont cuz it would be a IFS pansy peice of crap, that sat low like a trailblazer, and would probably look like some kind of space ship, Chevy quit making Blazers and trucks in 91:mad: ...ya ive been drinkin and its been a ****ty day
     
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    Have you seen the tailgates on the 05 models? WEAK!
     
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    you mean lift gates? yes.....:(
     
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    Nah, just an in joke, I should look up that ORC thread where Drey and I are 16 and yelling at each other.
     
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    ya those tailgates are weak peices of crap, and cables...what happened to the strap steel limiters...thats about as weird as a big GMC pickup thats lifted and doesnt have a front driveshaft:haha:


    I tryed lookin up that thread awhile back and couldnt find it. Man did i kiss ass to everyone in there for awhile.
     
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    The cables on our '00 GMC broke while I was standing on it, fell and hurt my tailbone pretty bad. Too bad I didn't actually get hurt, coulda hired an ambulance chaser and be retired by now. :p:
     
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    Hey RJ what ever happened to Dan, ya know the guy with the brown 2wd pickup.

    and make with teh EAOAs again come on man,lol man this hi jacking stuff is fun.
     
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    Am I the only one who thinks they uglied it up?
     
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    i believe there's a recall on them.
     
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    There was, we got it in the mail a month after it happened. 3-6 month wait for stainless cables...not a rant but I seriously don't know what they were thinking, they could have gotten sued big time.
     

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