CAMI Automotive

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CAMI Assembly
Industry Automotive industry
Founded 1986 (1986)
Headquarters Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
43°1′0.79″N 80°53′15.18″W / 43.0168861°N 80.8875500°W / 43.0168861; -80.8875500
Number of locations
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Products crossover utility vehicles
Services Automotive manufacturing
Owner General Motors of Canada
Parent General Motors

CAMI Automotive, originally known as Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc.,[1] 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.[2] The plant currently produces vehicles based on GM's Theta platform for crossover SUVs.

CAMI Automotive currently employs 2,772 employees. There are 570 acres (2.3 km2) of property as well as 1.7 million sq.ft. of floor space. 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.

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.

Current Products[edit]

CAMI currently manufactures the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain crossover utility vehicles for General Motors.

Current generation Chevrolet Equinox
Current generation GMC Terrain

Historical timeline[edit]

  • 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.

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