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The Lansing Grand River Assembly Restarted Camaro Production On June 21

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Chevrolet Camaro production has kickstarted back up after an on/off/on-again/off-again affair at the Lansing Grand River Assembly facility in central Michigan. The ongoing semiconductor microchip shortage continues to be pinned as the reason for these setbacks.

A Lansing Grand River spokesperson told local broadcast outlet WKAR that GM’s supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams are finding “creative solutions” and “making strides to maximize production of high-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles.” Meanwhile, CNBC reports that the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage and rising inflation will set back General Motors up to $3 billion USD during the second half of 2021.

GM previously provided guidance that Chevrolet Camaro production would resume on June 21.


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.
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Semiconductor Shortage Snubs Slow Sellers

General Motors has been forced to allocate its supply of semiconductor microchips to more lucrative and high-volume selling vehicles such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade full-size SUVs, as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra family of full-size pickup trucks. Considering that Chevrolet Camaro sales have bottomed out over the past year or two, it’s unfortunately not on the short list of essential vehicles for the Detroit-based automaker.

2022 Chevrolet Camaro Updates

On the positive side, updates for the Chevrolet Camaro seem to have been a big hit. The recently introduced Camaro LT1 trim level, which is the most affordable V8 muscle car on the market today, now makes up roughly 25 percent of all sales. The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro updates seem to be continuing things in that direction, with the introduction of the Design Package 3 – in effect replacing the Wild Cherry Design Package. The low-selling 1LE package for both the Camaro Turbo and Camaro V6 have also been dropped in favor of pushing more Camaro LT1 volume, while vibrant new colors such as Vivid Orange and Rapid Blue join the palette. Just don’t look for a 55th Anniversary Edition Camaro.

Along with the Chevrolet Camaro family, the GM Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant also produces the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, as well as the CT4-V, CT5-V, and the upcoming 472 horsepower CT4-V Blacking and 668 horsepower CT5-V Blackwing.

General Motors will start offering Vivid Orange Metallic on the 2022 Chevrolet Camaro.
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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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