The Last Chevrolet Camaro Built in Canada Ends the 5th Gen Era
Much earlier this year, we learned that General Motors would continue building the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro until the new 6th generation, 2016 Camaro begin reaching dealerships around the country. As reported last week, the first 2016 Camaro was delivered in Texas two weekends back so it should come as no surprise that this past week marked the end of 2015 Camaro production.
The End of an Era
The final 2015 Camaro actually marks the end of three different eras. As we all know, the last 2015 Camaro was the last 2015 Camaro built was the end of the 5th generation Camaro, but it was the last Camaro built at the Oshawa Assembly Plant and it appears to be the very last Camaro built in Canada. Every 5th generation Camaro was built in the Oshawa plant and every 4th generation Camaro was built in the Boisbriand plant in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, Canada, so dating back to the 1992 calendar year – every new Camaro has been built in Canada.
Starting with the 2016 model year, all new Chevrolet Camaro coupes and convertibles will be Made in the USA, at the same Lansing Grand River facility that has been building the most popular Cadillac models over the past decade or so. Fortunately for the folks at the Oshawa plant, production of some other models will be increased to keep the crew working, unlike the Boisbriand plant which was shuttered after the final 4th gen Camaro rolled off of the assembly line.
The Last 5th Gen Camaro
I spoke with Chris Frezza of The Camaro Show, and he was able to provide me with some details on the very last 5th gen Camaro built. The final 2015 Camaro built was a ZL1 coupe in bright red (similar to the one shown above) and that car is destined for a very special home. Since it is such a historically significant model, it will be shipped to the GM Heritage Center in Warren, Michigan, where it will live alongside some of the most important cars in GM history.
General Motors hasn’t issued a statement on the end of 2015 Camaro production, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will see an announcement with some final production figures for the 5th gen Camaro.