With this being the week of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, Chevrolet is going all out to celebrate the Camaro's 50th birthday. That's when they invited us to check out the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant and see the shiny 2017 Camaros being born and rolling off the line. We couldn't wait, and let's face it; we're suckers for assembly plants, feeling like kids at an amusement park. We pointed the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Special Edition we'd been driving all week west, and headed along interstate 96 towards Lansing. The 455-horse, direct-injected, 6.2L LT1 was eating up the highway mile-markers like Pac-Man on steroids.
In celebration of the Camaro's 50th Anniversary, the fine folks at Chevrolet had also arranged plant tours for hundreds of Chevy enthusiasts. There were Camaros from all six generations from owners all over country who were in town for the Woodward Dream Cruise. They proudly displayed their rides in the parking lot outside of the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant. Chevy also showed off the 2017 ZL1 and 2016 COPO models for all to drool and have fantasizes over when driving home.
So, check out our awesome behind-the-scenes photo gallery from the Chevy Camaro plant and see the care, passion, and love these individuals put into every car that rolls off the line.
Also, make sure to watch the video of 2017 Camaro SS come together. We also caught a LT1 as it barked to life for the first time.
A Quick History of Camaro Production
Starting with the Fourth Generation models in 1993, the Camaro was built north of the border. First, it was the Sainte-Thrse Assembly in Quebec, but after production was halted in 2002, this chapter in the Camaro's (and its cousin the Firebird's) long, storied career closed. When the Fifth Generation Camaro came out in 2009, production was moved to the Oshawa assembly line in Ontario. By 2015, the last Canadian-built Camaro came off the line and it signaled an end of over a decade of Canadian production of one of America's most popular pony.
When the Sixth Generation was being developed, the plan to bring production back to the US was already in place. Now, the 2016 Camaro is made in Lansing, Michigan, just a few miles from the state capital building. The reason was simple: By moving the Camaro to the General Motors' Lansing Grand River Assembly, GM was able to reduce costs and have better operating efficiencies, since the plant builds other rear-drive vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS and ATS. The facility is also GM's second newest plant, as it was totally refurbished and opened in 2001. Lansing Grand River Assembly engulfs over 2.5 million square feet on 111 acres. For you history buffs, the Lansing plant was the same site that made Oldsmobiles for many decades. So many a Cutlass, 442, and other models powered by Rocket V8 engines came from these same grounds.