By on April 4, 2022

On Monday, General Motors’ added a second shift for Heavy Duty variants of the Chevrolet Silverado at Oshawa Assembly to ensure the automaker can meet demand. There are also plans to launch a third shift to spur production of light-duty pickups after GM spent the last two years struggling to deliver vehicles in a timely manner.

GM Canada recently representatives from the Canadian federal government, eager to show that its $2 billion investment into Ontario manufacturing (specifically at Oshawa and CAMI Assembly) had already borne fruit. While this is said to eventually include the production of BrightDrop’s all-electric and perpetually connected Zevo vans, GM is presently focused on swelling production on some of its most valuable products. 

This comes hot on the heels of the automaker opting to tamp down the output of Cadillac’s sedans and the Chevrolet Camaro, which we previously speculated was being done to avoid any additional shorting of GM’s more-lucrative models.

Premier Doug Ford stated that the investment is a vote of confidence in Ontario by General Motors exists as concrete proof that the cars of the future (he’s talking about those Zevo 400/600 delivery vans) will be built within his province. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau similarly praised GM for spending some money in Canada by focusing on EV production.

“In Oshawa, Ingersoll, and communities across Ontario, auto manufacturers are stepping up to meet demand for clean vehicles and creating thousands of good jobs in the process,” Trudeau said. “Today’s investment is an investment in our workers, our communities, and our future. Partnerships like these are critical to putting Canada on the cutting edge of the clean economy, creating thousands of new jobs, and making sure that future generations have a clean environment to live in.”

To reciprocate, federal and Ontario governments have announced investments of up to $259 million apiece for General Motors’ Oshawa plant and its CAMI facility in Ingersoll.

Production of the BrightDrop Zevo 400 and Zevo 600 electric vans will reportedly commence at the CAMI plant by the fourth quarter of 2022. Both are wholly dependent upon GM’s Ultium model battery design and Ultium drive motor technology and have been sighted in for 30,000 units annually. Meanwhile, production of the light-duty Silverado 1500 will commence at Oshawa Assembly comparatively swiftly after the automaker retooled the plant for its HD equivalents late last year.

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8 Comments on “GM’s Oshawa Plant Increasing Truck Production, CAMI Getting Electric Vans...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “the investment is a vote of confidence in Ontario by General Motors”

    ‘Confidence’ in a plant GM planned to close, but stayed thanks to healthy Canadian federal ‘investment’ by the taxpayers.

    The plant exists on life support. GM rescinded the DNR order when Canada showed up with money.

    But, it’s still good to see something coming out of there.

    • 0 avatar

      @ SCE to AUX…I always respect your opinion. However, I can’t agree with your analysis on this one .

      ..As I understand it GM mothballed vast sections of the Flex line…GM then waited for us “legacy people ” to punch out for the last time. Yes ,I’m confident that GM had no problem taking taxpayers money ..For that matter neither did Honda or Ford.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        @mikey: Not sure where we disagree here. Your perspective on these matters is always tops.

        The actual desperation was Ontario’s, of course, since they were concerned about the loss of the plant and the jobs to Mexico, as I recall.

        As you indicate, corporate welfare is a part of every host region and the companies who settle there.

  • avatar

    how about these incompetent asses start shipping units built 4-5 months ago. upper management should not get any bonus, in truth they should be immediately fired for gross incompetence!

  • avatar

    @Buickman….Trucks are parked anywhere in Oshawa where GM can find a piece of real estate.. Everywhere except… GM dealers ?? Who knows ??

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    With how diverse and robust the Canadian economy is, why would they dump money into a corpse of a company from such a terrible country.

    • 0 avatar

      Not sure which part of your comment is supposed to be sarcastic/insulting, but if you think the Canadian economy is diverse and robust, I’d have to vigorously disagree. We have the biggest housing bubble in the world, which is in the edge of collapse.

  • avatar

    How many vehicles of each type can they now produce? (I would have thought that would be relevant to mention in an article specifically about production level increases)

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