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DURAND, Mich. –– After months of anticipation, Chevrolet produced the first 2016 Camaros in Lansing on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in the suitable American colors red, white, and blue.
It’s the first time the Camaro is being produced on U.S. soil since 1992 when General Motors moved production from California to Canada. The three pony cars are of the 100 first Camaros produced for consumers. Until this point, the plant has manufactured pilot Camaros for testing purposes only.
The Camaro’s prodigal return to America is being hailed as a monumental as it has resulted in the ushering in of hundreds of new manufacturing jobs for Michigan’s capital area. After investing $175 million into its Lansing plant, GM hired 450 employees over the summer to hold down the second shift and to sustain production during high demand.
The first 2016 Chevrolet Camaros produced in Lansing will debut the muscle car’s “new ball game,” in the words of Scott Whybrew, GM’s North American manufacturing manager who spoke with USA Today. Whybrew noted the sixth generation Camaro reaches 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and covers a quarter of a mile in just over 12 seconds.
To reach high performance standards, the Camaro 1LT packs a 2.0L 4-cylinder or 3.6L V6 engine, and the 1SS contains a 6.2L V8 engine. Both models are available in coupe and convertible body styles.
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