Plans to add a second shift to the Oshawa Car Assembly Plant’s state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing line were announced February 11, 2010 at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The shift will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010 in preparation for the North American production of the Buick Regal, which is slated to commence in the first quarter of 2011.
The new 2011 Regal is a midsize sport sedan based on the award-winning Opel Insignia – the 2009 “European Car of the Year” – and it brings all of Insignia’s award-winning design, technology and European-inspired performance capabilities to the North American market.
The addition of the second shift to support Buick Regal production is expected to return up to 700 employees to the Oshawa Car Plant and is the latest in a string of positive news for GM manufacturing in Canada, including:
Oshawa Car Plant running Saturday overtime since June 2009 to keep up with demand for the Chevrolet Camaro
Production of the Camaro Convertible will begin in Oshawa in Q1 2011
The recent addition of a 3rd shift, plus steady scheduled overtime at CAMI Automotive, plus an additional investment of C$96 million to add a further 50,000 units of annual capacity to keep up with strong demand for the all-new Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain
The recent $200m investment in the high feature V6 engine to increase capacity in St. Catharines and to implement Spark Ignition, Direct Injection technology
The announcement of a planned additional module of the new 6-speed front wheel drive transmission to be built at St. Catharines
The new Buick Regal joins the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain as the third new vehicle in the production commitment that was part of the agreement with the Canadian and Ontario Governments.