General Motors will invest $68 million to prepare the Oshawa Assembly Plant to build the next generation Chevrolet Impala, securing approximately 350 jobs, although the model’s production will be split with a plant in Michigan. “With the investments for the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS, we are taking big steps forward to ensure we maximize the flexible manufacturing facility and high-quality workforce that exist in Oshawa,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada. “We are building on the recent capacity increases, product launches and shift additions at our Canadian operations to affirm that Canada will play an important role in the new GM as we continue to transform our product lineup.” Combined with the recent investment to support the launch of the Cadillac XTS in 2012, GM is committing $185 million to Oshawa, which will create or retain approximately 750 jobs. The next generation Chevrolet Impala is GM’s fifth new product commitment to Canada since 2009. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, was on hand for the announcement and said that it reaffirms the wisdom of the decision to provide funds to GM during the 2008 financial crisis. “Since then it has become clear this was the right decision. Our support has helped preserve Canada’s place in the automotive industry. It has helped protect jobs in communities across Canada in automotive assembly and automotive parts production.” In order to meet customer demand and maximize the flexibility of GM’s manufacturing operations, the next generation Chevrolet Impala will be built at both the Oshawa Assembly Plant and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. Oshawa has undergone many changes this past year, recently launching the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Chevrolet Equinox, adding two new shifts and securing 1,300 jobs. The plant employs more than 4,400 people, and also builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala.