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CHEVROLET CAMARO PLANT PART OF GM’S MEGA MICHIGAN EV ANNOUNCEMENT

What Does It Mean? We’ll Tell You.

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Z28 GM Design sixth-generation gen 6
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General Motors announced a record $7 billion USD investment that’s said to create 4,000 new jobs, retain another 1,000, and the creation of an all-new battery assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan. Being the largest investment announcement in GM history, however, there’s much more to the story. For instance, the Chevrolet Bolt EV plant in Orion Township has been earmarked to build the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV electric pickup trucks, there are planned upgrades to the Lansing Delta Assembly plant for next-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave SUVs, and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant – where the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 family is built alongside the Chevrolet Camaro will get “plant upgrades.”

Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant Details

“Plant upgrades,” is a wildly vague morsel in an announcement that’s otherwise full of details. So, what does it actually mean? Considering that this record announcement largely centered around electric vehicles, there’s reason to believe that LGR will be a part of that strategy, and GM isn’t ready to show its hand as to what sort of future products that might be just yet. Although if you’ve been following this as close as we have, you may recall that a Cadillac electric vehicle is reportedly set to begin production at the facility as soon as 2024. Sources indicate that this is still the case.

General Motors Lansing Grand River Assembly will close yet again because of the semiconductor chip shortage. The plant is home to the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5 models.
Image Via GM.

The Future Of The Chevrolet Camaro

Regarding this $7 billion announcement, it’s unlikely that Lansing Grand River is seeing a dime towards any major sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro investment. While rumors have swirled about LT2 and LT5 engines making it to the pony car as type of “send-off”, we haven’t heard anything from our end that confirms this. According to our intel, what we are expecting is that the final Camaro “send off” edition will consist of commemorative badging, placards, and will come exclusively in yellow. This 2024 model year Camaro package will be offered on multiple trim levels, including the SS and ZL1.

The seventh-generation Camaro, or rather what was going to be the seventh-generation Camaro, was canceled during GM’s major 2018 restructuring. This shake-up also claimed various engine programs, such as the 6.6L LT3 that would have went in the stillborn sixth-generation Camaro Z/28 (likely pictured up top), and entire vehicle programs, such as the body-on-frame GMC midsize SUV based on the Canyon pickup.

Reports claim that the Camaro will eventually be replaced by an electric sedan sometime after 2024, while various temperature checks of whether or not the market will accept “eMuscle” will continue to be monitored.

Electric Copo Chevrolet Camaro

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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    1. For many, MANY of us, the true muscle car guys & girls, eMuscle is not a thing, and never will be. A huge part of what makes muscle cars truly stir the soul, is the sound and feel and look of a high-performance internal combustion engine. Sorry, but the whirring hum of an electric motor is not exciting. At all. Does not matter how fast it may accelerate a car, or how much torque it makes. Give me a cammed-up, fuel burning, nasty-sounding hot rod all day. Walk through any car club gathering, or muscle car show, and notice how many hoods are raised so people can see the muscular power plant.

      • I hear you. Respect. Hopefully eMuscle builders know sound is part of the experience. It’ll likely be gearbox noise. Search “The New Sound Of Formula E” on YouTube. An F16 sounds more like a hair dryer than a V8 but it puts smile on my face. Twin screw superchargers and timing gears are pleasing to some ears. It’ll be different, but it can be good.

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