Come on summer! General Motors celebrated the start of production of the highly anticipated 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible at its Oshawa assembly plant yesterday, which means if you want a genuine pony car convertible you now have a decision to make. Mustang or Camaro?
Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were on hand when the first production vehicle rolled off the line.
Kevin Williams, president and managing director of GM of Canada said, “This is an exciting new chapter in the ongoing revival of the tremendously popular Chevrolet Camaro. The launch of the new convertible opens Camaro design and performance to a new set of enthusiastic customers, while further demonstrating the flexible capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant.”
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The Camaro Convertible is the second of three new models to be assembled at the Oshawa plant. To support the new product two additional production shifts have been added. “The entire team here at Oshawa Assembly is dedicated to bringing this stunning vehicle to market with outstanding quality,” plant manager Dan Hermer stated.
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports purchased the first production Camaro Convertible through Barrett-Jackson with proceeds going to charities. "I grew up loving the Chevrolet brand, and I’ve never raced anything else. As a Chevy enthusiast, it’s been exciting to see the Camaro return as such a world-class, high-performance car. The folks in Oshawa make some of the best products on the road, so the opportunity to meet them and thank them for what they do is a real privilege," Hendrick stated.
In addition to Rick Hendrick, Nascar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was also at the factory celebrating the start of production. “Chevrolet has been a great partner on and off the track, and I’m very happy to be here on this special day. While I still enjoy my 1972 Camaro, I can’t wait to take home one of these awesome new convertibles”
The new Camaro Convertible is scheduled to arrive at Canadian dealerships this month.