CAMI Automotive

Last updated on 13 August 2017

CAMI Automotive was an independently incorporated joint venture of automobile manufacturing in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada and formed the third step of GM's three-pronged initiative of the mid-1980s to capture and practice the Japanese mystique of automotive management. The other two were United Australian Automobile Industries between Toyota and Holden in Australia, and NUMMI in California with Toyota and GM, the latter a wholly owned alternative to apply its learnings into practice. CAMI was the least successful of the trio for decades, but is now the sole survivor.

CAMI is completely owned by General Motors of Canada. Prior to December 2009, ownership of CAMI was split 49-51% between Suzuki and General Motors of Canada Ltd., the former of which withdrew from the venture after poor sales of its later CAMI-manufactured models.[1] From 2013 the plant has produced vehicles based on GM's Theta platform for crossover SUVs; production of the second generation Chevrolet Equinox will continue as of 7 January 2017 because of strong fleet sales demand even as production of the third generation model started on 8 January 2017.[2]

CAMI Automotive has 2,600 hourly and 300 salaried employees as of 24 January 2016.[3] It occupies 570 acres (230 ha) and has 1,700,000 square feet (157,900 m2) of floor space to which 400,000 square feet (37,161 m2) was added in 2016[3] as part of a $560 million investment.[4] CAMI uses the CAMI Production System (CPS), a set of operating philosophies that guide team members in manufacturing vehicles. The basis of the system is working in teams performing standardized work.

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Awards and highlights

  • In the 2005 Harbour Report, CAMI was ranked No. 3 in truck assembly in the Small SUV category of the 45 auto assembly plants in North America.
  • Recognized as the most efficient plant in North America four years in a row (2012,2013,2014, and 2015)
  • J.D. Power Silver Plant Award for the Americas – June 2014
  • J.D. Power Compact SUV segment winners – GMC Terrain (2014 and 2016) and Chevrolet Equinox (2015 and 2016)
  • Landfill Free status achieved in January 2014
  • Clean50 - ‘Leaders in Sustainability’ Top 15 Project winner - September 2015
  • Best GMNA Plant in Wiring Warranty Performance – February 2014
  • Consumer Reports “Recommended Buy” - Equinox and Terrain (2010,2011,2012,2013)

Current products

As of 7 January 2017, CAMI manufactures the Chevrolet Equinox crossover utility vehicle, For General Motors.

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Current generation Chevrolet Equinox

Historical timeline

  • 1986 - CAMI Automotive established
  • 1989 - Production of J1 (Suzuki Sidekick and Geo Tracker), M2 (Geo Metro) begins
  • 1993 - Total CAMI production reaches 500,000.
  • 1994 - Production of M3 (Geo Metro and Pontiac Firefly) begins.
  • 1996 - Total CAMI production reaches 1.5 million vehicles.
  • 1998 - Production of J2 (Suzuki Vitara and Geo Tracker) begins and CAMI receives ISO 9002 registration for its Quality Management System.
  • 2000 - CAMI receives ISO 14001 registration for its Environmental Management System.
  • 2003 - Total CAMI production reaches 11.5 million vehicles.
  • 2004 - Production of Chevrolet Equinox begins.
  • 2005 - Production of Pontiac Torrent begins.
  • 2006 - Production of Suzuki XL7 begins.
  • 2009 - Production of Suzuki XL7 put on indefinite hold.
  • 2009 - Production of GMC Terrain begins.
  • 2009 - Suzuki withdraws from venture; gives General Motors full control.
  • 2016 - Plant expansion
  • 2017 - Production start of third generation Equinox;[2] production of sister second generation Terrain moved to Mexico[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Suzuki to withdraw from automaking joint venture with General Motors in Canada - Yahoo! Canada Finance". Retrieved 2010-10-12.
  2. ^ a b Matos, Nadia (2017-01-07). "Cami Automotive in Ingersoll to begin new Chevrolet Equinox production". CTV News. Retrieved 2017-01-15 – via The Canadian Press.
  3. ^ a b Chessell, Bruce (2016-01-24). "GM's Ingersoll CAMI plant looking to hire assembly line and skilled trade workers". Woodstock Sentinel-Review. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  4. ^ "GM to invest $450 million in Cami assembly plant in Ingersoll: report". Global News. 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2017-01-15 – via The Canadian Press.
  5. ^ Welch, David (2017-01-08). "GM to Move Production of GMC Terrain to Mexico From Canada". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2017-01-15.

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