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Staff reports Updated: December 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

OSHAWA, Ontario (AP) — General Motors is moving production of the next version of its Camaro sports car from its Canadian operation in Oshawa, Ontario to a plant in Michigan.

GM Canada said a statement Wednesday that "lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors" in the move.

The Canadian Auto Workers' most recent contract with GM, which was ratified in September, guaranteed production of the Camaro in Oshawa only until the end of the current generation.

GM said the Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive vehicle assembled at Oshawa.

Production of the new Camaro will be consolidated with the production of Cadillac CTS and ATS, also rear-wheel drive vehicles, in Michigan in a bid to improve efficiency.

A consolidated line in Oshawa will continue to produce the current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox until June 2014.

GM said it will continue to meet production targets agreed to with the federal Canadian government and provincial Ontario government in 2009.

Ottawa and Ontario contributed $13.7 billion to help bail out North American automakers GM and Chrysler more than three years ago and combined own about 9 percent of GM's common shares.

 

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