GM’s Equinox sales are up across North America.
OSHAWA: Production of the Chevrolet Equinox began today at General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant to increase production capacity for the crossover and the GMC Terrain.
The Terrain and Equinox have been assembled at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., but to meet increasing demand for both vehicles, GM announced in March it would do some of the finishing of the Equinox vehicles at its Oshawa plant.
GM said Equinox and Terrain sales have increased 49% in Canada and by more than 140% in the US, where more than 85% of production is exported.
GM’s “Equinox Shuttle” plan uses excess volume from the new CAMI body shop to transport additional Equinox bodies to Oshawa for paint and final assembly on the Consolidated Line, which also produces the Chevrolet Impala. The plan also allows higher volumes of GMC Terrains to be produced at CAMI, which continues to operate three shifts with scheduled overtime.
More than 200 Equinox vehicles were built in Oshawa leading up to today’s first regular production run to ensure quality and smooth operations on the assembly line.
With announcement of the plan, GM brought back 600 workers to Oshawa and 110 to CAMI. GM said in March it would also hire 70 new employees at CAMI.