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Entries in General Motors Canada (64)


Cadillac XTS debuts in Toronto

CIAS will see a lot of cars this year. One of them is Cadillac’s new XTS luxury sedan. As of today, journalists and car guys alike will be able to view the new XTS first hand and see what Cadillac is trying to do to move into the decade swiftly and with class.

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Oshawa takes back car crown from Windsor

Oshawa has once again reclaimed the title of automotive capital in Canada. 2011 was a good year for the auto city as Oshawa built more cars than Windsor, Oakville and Cambridge.

Oshawa produced approximately 303,500 units last year, according to industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. Windsor came in second at 301,500 units and Cambridge finished third with 290,400 units.

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Chevrolet Impala to stay in Canada

Last Friday, General Motors announced that the next generation Chevrolet Impala will be assembled in Oshawa, Ontario. This is great news for GM employees as this announcement secures 350 jobs. The flexible plant will also see $68 million of upgrades to produce the Impala.

Back in May we reported that employees were nervous as GM announced plans to produce the next generation Impala at its Hamtramck plant in Michigan. Now we know GM plans to tool up both plants to produce the new Impala vehicle.

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Electric Chevrolet Equinox being tested in Ontario

Source: Hybrid Cars

Magna E-Car Systems and GM Canada have announced that they’re testing 9 fully electric Chevrolet Equinox models in Ontario in an effort to gain real-world insight into the performance of electric vehicles in the crossover segment.

The project is uniquely Canadian, with development taking place at GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario and Magna E-Car System’s facility in Aurora, Ontario. And let’s not forget, the Equinox is built in Ingersoll, Ontario.

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Chevrolet Volt begins shipping to Canadian dealerships

The Chevrolet Volt finally made its way to Canadian motorists last week. The electric vehicles have set sail for Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City.

Last Thursday Kevin Williams, president and managing director for General Motors of Canada had the following to say:

"Today is an historic milestone for Chevrolet in Canada,” said Williams. “The Chevrolet Volt deploys transformative vehicle technologies that are redefining automotive transportation. Very soon, enthusiastic Volt customers will be able to eliminate gasoline from their daily commutes while having the flexibility to go further, something no other electrified vehicle can provide.”

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General Motors Canada offering tour of the CAMI Assembly Plant

GM is holding an open house this week at their CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, ON in an effort to thank Canadians for their support of the company through the challenges of the last 2 years.

The open house at the CAMI facility is part of a broader initiative to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the company’s manufacturing operations. Open houses have taken place or will take place at 54 of GM’s manufacturing locations across North America.

The open house at CAMI is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24th. How do you register? Find out after the jump.

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New auto test centre in Oshawa produces snow, ice, heat

After nearly eight years of planning, the opening of the $100-million General Motors Automotive Centre of Excellence at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa has officially opened.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a wind tunnel for vehicle testing that can produce winds of up to 240 km/h, temperatures between -40 and 60 C and humidity ranges from five per cent to 95 per cent.

The five-storey centre also has two climate chambers to test cars under other weather conditions, such as desert heat. John Komar, the centre's director of engineering, said sports teams could use the rooms to try out equipment or train for extreme conditions.

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Camaro enthusiasts make pilgrimage to Oshawa

Thousands of auto enthusiasts from across North America are rumbling into Oshawa, Ontario this weekend to pay homage to their favourite car - the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and its close cousin, the now out-of-production, Pontiac Firebird.

The destination is GM's assembly complex in Oshawa, which is is the only plant in the world that builds the Camaro coupe and convertible version. GM exports the two models to more than 50 countries.

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General Motors Canada intrigued by Nova Scotia teen’s anti-rollover technology

For a school science fair, Brandon Fillmore, 14, invented a clever self-levelling suspension design that is getting some attention from General Motors Canada.

Brandon says his system is very different than other systems on the market. "The closest thing would probably be StabiliTrak, which General Motors uses now. But it uses brakes to make up during emergency situations, whereas this would prevent them," he said.

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GM Impala plan causes nervousness at Oshawa plant

The General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, ON is currently the home to the Chevrolet Impala. However, production of the next generation Impala is planned for GM’s Hamtramck plant in Michigan. What does this mean for GM workers in Oshawa?

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