• May 6th 2006 at 2:03PM
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With the return of Chevrolet's Camaro all but certain, we're pretty much reduced to playing the speculation game over option levels... and waiting. In the meantime, as thoughts of smokey burnouts and parking-lot doughnuts pepper our imagination, click on over to Popular Hot Rodding's website via the link below to read the behind-the-scenes story of the Camaro Concept's battle to go from the drawing board to the floor of the 2006 Detroit auto show. The author of the story wisely lets designer Tom Peters (a veteran of the 2nd- and 3rd-gen Camaro) tell the story, with several paragraphs of direct quotes. If you're a Camaro fan, it's a great read, and even if you're not, it's still an interesting piece of insight into what it takes to move a concept through corporate red-tape.

[Source: Popular Hot Rodding]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM needs to stick to the basics that made the Camaro the all time American icon vehicle.

      Simple exterior lines,simple interior work with one nasty hard to kill engine.

      Of course different times calls for different designs,but as we go deeper into the future,GM should be thinking more along the lines of "back to the future" if they truly want to tap into the re-designed classics market.

      Expense is key,what will it cost the average Camaro fan?

      Mustang has gone above and beyond,they kept the classic Mustang look and it's integrity at an affordable and easy on the wallet price!

      No doubt GM has to worry about delivering a monster re-designed Camaro that Camaro fans will be proud of, with a fair price while worrying about it's Vette sales.

      • 9 Years Ago
      No one mentions the factor that will make the car viable for GM: the sales appeal of the six cylinder models. The V8s have never carried the Camaro or Mustang, never paid for the tooling, etc. The V-6 cars sell better because of sticker price, and (mainly) insurance costs. The V-6 has to be trimmed out for 2 personalities: one like a Celica, the other like an imitation V-8 for the macho young guys.
      If the car is designed and priced to reach up and compete higher, it wont make money. They have to start with the six, then make the 8 out of that for the higher performance crowd that can afford to insure it.
      Of course, we would not be talking now if Lutz had forced through a bigger car when the Solstice idea was in development, instead of trying to make a better Mazda. It was like fussing with frosting and forgetting the cake.
      G. Smith
      • 9 Years Ago
      Let's face it GM, your time is over! You remind mind me of an old Shaq, you MAY score big every now and then. Lately, it's been mostly the latter. Solution? Do an early buyout of the slow Shaqs of GM; then make room for the fresh concepts of the Yao Ming and the creative power and the young LeBron James of the auto world! Concerning the Camera, if GM doesn't go with the classic retro look with a slight updated bling,bling to it, then (please) someone call me, wake me up from a long sleep and tell me that this ugly defensive game is over! Excuse me, I've got to take this collect call from Flint, Michigan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What I have seen of the "new" camero I like. I wish that GM would go back to their roots a bit more. The camero is a good start. I have always been a fan of the camero's of the late 60's, as well as other cars in the GM family. I would like to see a full sized Cadillac again. I say about time. I like what I have seen and read.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I currently own a 69 Z/28 clone, and would seriously consider buying a new Camaro, but for one thing. They have GOT to lose the Mustang-like side sculpture/scoop. If I wanted to look like a Mustang from the side, I would buy a Mustang. Other than that one flaw, I think its great.
      chip caruana
      • 9 Years Ago
      Once again, GM rolls out a cartoon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Get real! When in the last two decades has GM put out a car that made anyone go "WOW"? They are so out of touch with what the public wants. They are still selling our fathers cars. GM never delivers, presenting the public with a car that goes put put instead of vroom vroom. When they do come up with a winner, it is so overpriced the public can't afford it. Ford had done wonders for their lines, the loyalty to the product has produced many winners - so has Chrysler and the Chrysler cousins - Dodge and Plymouth. My heart yearns for the true Camaro, something that has vanished into the past.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Too bad they chose to emulate the '69 Camaro. The best looking of the bunch was the '70 Camaro. It had the cleanest design and best lines. Oh, well. Just don't junk it up. Keep it simple, keep it classy. And yes, the Chevy small block always was the best engine. Finally, if you want to comment on the new Camaro, learn to spell the name. It was never a Camero, even for the guy who said he owned a '76 Camero. By the way, give Ford credit. They did a great job on the new Mustang. Either way, Chevy or Ford, buy the V8.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Best car I have ever had!!!!! For 14 years now she has been a trooper and I can not wait for the new Camaro.Thank You
      • 9 Years Ago
      GM can't price its Camaro with the Mustang because they have to spend to much money trying to beat it in a 1/4 mile. Probably want sell a lot an go back into exstinction
      • 9 Years Ago
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