• Aug 10th 2006 at 12:23PM
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Autoblog's Erin Mays is on-site at the auto industry's annual Management Briefing Seminars this week, and she reports that General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner announced Thursday, "As evidence that we're not completely brain-dead, GM will build the Chevy Camaro." A fully brain-functional Wagoner posed with a red version of the concept car for the obligatory photo-op (above).

Production of the Camaro will begin in late 2008, and the much-anticipated car will hit showrooms in early 2009, presumably after a massive debut at the '09 Detroit Auto Show.

Not much new, but here are the highlights:
  • RWD with independent rear suspension
  • V6 and V8 versions, manual and automatic transmissions
  • styling will closely resemble the concept car
  • asked about a droptop Camaro, Wagoner would only say, "It will come in many shapes and sizes."
  • no comment on a possible Pontiac Firebird version
[Source: GM]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a very nice car, though I would have preferred the 2003 Chevrolet SS concept. I can't help but think the market will be nearly absorbed by the time it arrives.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Why is there a hole in the front of the hood in addition to a cowl induction bulge (presumably scoop also)?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Independent rear suspension would be a major factor to me if I was shopping this car against the Mustang. But that is if I would actually consider buying a Ford or a GM. I hope both manage to survive, though the Mustang has done nothing to slow Ford's decline. GM needs to offer something to all those drivers who are bailing out of their SUV's and trucks. Another nostalgic grampa's wet-dream, rental fleet, "sports-like" Mustage with a bow-tie isn't going to cut it. It will divert attention from the bottom line, but it won't change it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "That said, I'm not sure where all the redneck comments are coming from."

      • 9 Years Ago
      So, the main contenders are going to be a cold wind from the Great White North, eh? Rumour has it (note the UUUsage) that the Camaro will be built in Oshawa, Ontario.

      This, adding to the DCX Challenger out of Brampton, Ontario, makes for a nicely matched set of bookends for the Ontario auto parts industry. After 3900 layoffs at GM Oshawa, it would be nice to see GM's latest come out of the plant that has repeatedly been top of quality for GM for several years. This bodes well for the naysayers of quality.

      ....another $0.02

      • 9 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, by 2009, we will have the option of a similarly priced electric car from the makers of the Tesla, which as it is now, does 0 - 60 in 4.5 seconds, a 1/4 mile in 11 seconds, and has a top speed of over 130mph, with a 250 mile range, and potential option for recharging by solar cells. A 250 mile range is more than enough to get to Irwindale or Pomona to wipe up the track with this Camaro, and return back to Los Angeles the same day - all on pennies. By 2009, the Tesla will likely be improved to a 500 mile range, be even faster than it is now, and have a higher top speed. This Camaro will be an antique before it ever hits the showroom floors. Too little, too late, too copy-cat retro of the Mustang. This Camaro is only a shadow of the current Mustang - what do YOU think the Mustang will be like in 2009? By 2009 the Mustang will be leaps beyond the current Mustang - and Camaro will still be paying catch-up. Throw away the retro-crap: make a real NEW innovative Camaro with a new concept - take GM's Pontiac Solstice or their Saturn Sky and drop in the electric motor the Tesla is getting, assign it under special license, and adorn it with Chevy Camaro badges. THERE IS YOUR NEW CAMARO!! Not this old, apathetic retro study by lazy, untalented designers, with lazu engineers stealing technology based on the innovative Ford Mustang which has been out for awhile, combined with GM's engineering penchant for borrowing from decade-old junk-yard jalopies.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is exciting ! By 2009 GM should have any number of Mustang-killers !
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's never to late to begin again!
      GM will perhaps restore youth for some (myself included) having spent the 70's and the teen age years driving this car; a car offering absolute perfection.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ryan.For a guy whose so pro gay behavior.You sure do throw around terms like "redneck" and "whitetrash" an awful lot.Diversity?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think this is going to be too late to market. If gas keeps increasing, people aren't going to want to pay the gas prices that will accompany these vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Behind" the mustang? A car whos designer has admitted was built high (holy wheelgap batman!) to accomodate old geezer aging baby boomers? A car which still sports a neolithic rear suspension? Not only does the new msutang look like its from the past, it belongs in the past. Plus, Ford V8s sucks ass.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "42. Ryan.For a guy whose so pro gay behavior."

      -Jon, there is a difference here and to be FAIR to everyone on this blog this will be brief because I do love this Camaro and want to keep talking about the Camaro on this Camaro blog.

      -Hey, my best of straight guy friends will say hey "fag" come over here for a sec "bithboy". But ya know what, when it comes down to it they would take a bullet for me as I would with them.

      -In other words I will be the first one to laugh along with my friends that call me "fag" just like I call them fatass redneck whitetrash peices of shit.

      -But when a perfect stranger calls me a "fag" etc, then it is a different story.

      -If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?!

      Anyway, this was not where I meant for this to go so my advance apologies from my fairy ass :-)
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