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GM celebrates the production launch of the 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible in Oshawa

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GM’s Oshawa assembly plant celebrated today the start of production of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, the second of three new GM models to be built there.

The employees, union guests and executives commemorated the event in the company of Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., two well-known motorsports figures.

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M. Hendrick is the owner of the NASCAR team of the same name; he acquired the very first Camaro Coupe, and will acquire the very first convertible to roll off the assembly line, via the Barrett-Jackson auction, the proceeds of which were donated to charity.

“I grew up loving the Chevrolet brand, and I've never raced anything else. As a Chevy enthusiast, it's been exciting to see the Camaro return as such a world-class, high-performance car. The folks in Oshawa make some of the best products on the road, so the opportunity to meet them and thank them for what they do is a real privilege,” said Hendrick.

Driver of a Hendrick Chevy in the Sprint Cup series, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is the proud owner of a 1972 Camaro and says he can’t wait to get his hands on one of the new convertibles.

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be available in Canada in February from $33,995. The standard model will be powered by a 312-hp, direct injection V6, while the SS version will boast a 426-hp, 6.2-litre V8.