LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Muscle, metal and money are all coming to the capital city.
“It don’t get no better than this, have your people get with my people, we’ll build you a car,” said Mike Green, president, UAW Local 652.
On Thursday General Motors announced they’re investing $175 million in Lansing to build the 6th Generation Chevrolet Camaro and bringing back 500 jobs to get the wheels turning on production.
“The investment that their making into North America is $5.4 billion. I think Lansing Grand River has a big chunk of that, right, we talked about $500 million over in LDT and we just talked about $180 million here. I think we’ve gotten more than our share,” said Michael Trevorrow, plant manager, Lansing Regional complex.
The new 6 cylinder sports car has some bells and whistles too, customized for Camaro lovers.
“We offer everything from memory seats to being able to select one of 24 different colors for the interior lighting,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.
Engineers say this generation of the Camaro is 200 pounds lighter and faster than past models. It’s a car they think is going to sell and selling more of these is good news for Lansing.
“The vehicle itself has been best-selling sports car for the past five years. That’s volume and volume is our friend in an assembly plant and I think for our employees that’s very positive for them,” said Michael Trevorrow, plant manager, Lansing Regional complex.
As for pricing engineers say we’ll have a better idea for how much the car costs for customers once we get closer to the production date, but they’re ball parking it will cost somewhere between 23- 41 thousand dollars