Starting in 1907, Oshawa built vehicles of the McLaughlin Motor Car Company, with the cars carrying Buick drivetrains shipped in from Flint, Michigan. An early alliance! Thank the close friendship between Sam McLaughlin and William Durant for that partnership. The Chevrolet brand set up shop at the lakeside assembly plant not long thereafter, and in 1918 General Motors of Canada Limited was formed from McLaughlin and Chevrolet Canada.
Fast-forward 101 years, and the last GM vehicle has left the factory. Workers put the finishing touches on the final vehicle today.
As a way to keep the plant humming through the end of its soon-to-expire labor contract, GM Canada shipped unfinished previous-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Oshawa for final assembly. Well, nothing lasts forever, and the same can be said of those full-size pickups.
The Canadian Press (via Global News) reports that Wednesday saw assembly of the final pickup, paving the way for 2,600 job losses at the country’s oldest auto plant. The plant’s previous products, the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala, ceased production earlier this fall.