On Tuesday morning, around 3:00 am, Lansing Police were called to meet with General motors security about ‘several stolen cars.’ According to the local news service WLNS 6, the vehicles were stolen from the GM property near William St., and S. Martin L. King Blvd., which is a lot located near the automaker’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant, which solely builds the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CT4 and CT5, as well as their Blackwing performance variants.
Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant: Theft Details
The number of vehicles remains undisclosed, but GM has taken inventory to give the police an exact number. Security at the facility told LPD the suspects entered the GM property and later drove off with multiple vehicles. However, some of the cars didn’t make it far as they had already been recovered by nearby jurisdictions in other parts of south Michigan a few hours after the heist took place.
General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly plant is located in Lansing, Michigan, and is GM’s second-newest U.S. assembly plant. It was constructed in 1999 and designed around GM’s Global Manufacturing System (GMS). The 3.4 million-square-foot facility has around 1,401 hourly and salaried workers for assembly operations. Lansing Grand River manufactures all variants of the Chevrolet Camaro as well as the Cadillac CT5 and CT4 family of vehicles. Undoubtedly, the vehicles stolen bared these nameplates. However, GM could also have had other vehicles stored on the lot, especially when taking into account that there is an assortment of other assembly plants located within the state.
Vehicle theft right from the assembly plant appears to be on the rise in Michigan. Late last year, the Ford Mustang plant in Flat Rock was targeted by thieves, which made off with several muscle cars. If not for the Dodge Charger and Challenger being built in Brampton, Ontario, we’d wager this plant would be a target, as well. Vehicle theft has otherwise taken place anywhere, from dealership lots to driveways. And that’s especially true for trucks.
The Lansing Grand River Plant has been more recently part of GM’s electric vehicle transformation, with a few hundred million dollars of investment going towards retooling the facility for upcoming EVs. The first of which is suspected to be a Cadillac EV due out sometime in 2024. Rumors allege that the Camaro may go electric, as well, or be replaced outright by an electric performance sedan.