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GM Invests $174 Million in New Stamping Plant for Cadillacs and "Future Car"

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/14/2014 Karla Sanchez
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General Motors has announced it will invest $174 million into a new stamping plant that will make components for the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and a "future product."

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The new facility will be part of the company's Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and is expected to be up and running in 2016. The Lansing assembly plant currently builds the ATS, CTS, and CTS Vsport models, so it only makes sense the new stamping plant be dedicated to making stamping components for the ATS and CTS. However, the Detroit-based automaker revealed the new stamping plant will also make components for a "future product." The Lansing plant added the fifth-gen Camaro to the assembly line in 2012, which means the "future product" that's in question could very well be the sixth-gen Camaro that's scheduled for 2016.

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We've reported before that changes to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro should be major. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will reportedly ride on GM's rear-drive Alpha platform, which currently underpins the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS. As for its source power, we expect the carryover 3.6-liter V-6 base engine (possibly with more than the 323 hp currently available) in the base Camaro, and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's LT1 6.2-liter V-8 producing 455 hp in the Camaro SS. We spotted the next-gen Camaro for the first time last month, and we knew it wasn't the current car because it boasted a significantly lowered roofline and shortened trunk. Certain elements like the quad-tip exhaust and hood vents hinted that it wasn't just an ordinary Camaro, but perhaps the 2016 Camaro ZL1.

The new stamping plant brings even more good news to those in need of a job, since GM says the extension will open up about 145 jobs.

Source: GM

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