• Aug 11, 2006
Though many factors were responsible for the new Camaro's path to production, Bob Lutz took some time on General Motors' FastLane Blog to recognize the support the car received from the blogosphere. While Lutz only mentions the comments left on FastLane Blog, we can add that the support for the Camaro on Autoblog has been robust to say the least. After posting on the Camaro Concept's introduction at the North American International Auto Show in January, you all left 1,074 comments on the post. Do a Google search for "Camaro Concept" and you'll find our post second from the top. And despite losing to the Dodge Challenger in our Pony Poll by a narrow margin, the Camaro has remained an object of pure automotive lust on Autoblog ever since.

In his post Lutz talks about the Aussie origin of the upcoming Camaro's chassis and the need for the car to appeal to all age groups and people outside the U.S., an obvious hint that the Camaro's going global.

You can check more photos of GM's announcement yesterday at the company's Flickr gallery here.

So mad props go out to Lutz and company for recognizing the power of the blog. Yes, behold the power of the blog! For our next trick, we'll resurrect the Firebird. Who's with us?

[Source: GM FastLane Blog]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      While everyone is hootin' and hollerin' about the camaro, I want to know why it was discontinued in the first place? There had to be a good reason...for instance not enough people wanted the camaro they were selling. Then why did it take soooo long to come up with a camaro that gets everyone excited? And why the hell does Australia get nice RWD platforms and the US gets stuck with hardly any for the past couple of decades?!!

      Personally I think the concept reminds me more of the Berlinetta than the original camaro.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your right as rain Mr Warren.GM will have a hard time ignoring those numbers.I guess they ll have to sacrifice the eventual firebird to the screaming chicken crowd.Just leave the Camaro to the varsity sweater set (please).
      • 8 Years Ago
      "6. I,m glad GM designers looked to the spirit of the original Camaro as their inspiration for the 09.A real all-american design icon.Stay away from the screaming chicken Firebird.Tackey.And don't do the knightrider look again('82 on ).

      Posted at 4:43PM on Aug 11th 2006 by jon 0 stars"

      -LOL, yeah I wonder if they would actually put a bird decal on this. Or if they would make a T-top option, I alwyas liked T-tops.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love nearly all of the car except...that butt-ugly schnoz. It's a hideous smile perched way up high. As a baby boomer myself, I can honestly say I never saw a Camaro front end that looked remotely like that. The damned thing is downright scary (but not in a good, speed-demon way...more of a demonic clown way). I may be wrong, but I think it's supposed to emulate a '69 Camaro SS and I can see a slight resemblence in the grill, but if Chevy had recessed the grill back a few inches rather than baring all of its teeth like some kind of mule, then it would look quite a bit more attractive. The '08 Dodge Challenger is a heck of a lot more graceful with its retro look, in my own humble opinion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Firebird will be right around the corner, eagle and all. Why?

      67=82,560
      68=107,112
      69=87,708
      70=48,739
      71=53,124
      72=29,951
      73=46,313
      74=73,729
      75=84,063
      76=110,775
      77=155,735
      78=187,285
      79=211,436
      80=107,340
      81=70,899
      82=116,362
      83=74,884
      84=128,304
      85=95,880
      86=110,436
      87=88,612
      88=62,455
      89=84,404
      90=20,553
      91=50,234
      92=27,567
      93=14,112
      94=47,117
      95=51,059
      96=30,982
      97=30,754
      Total=2,488,484 Firebirds

      No matter how you slice it and dice it there is a market for the Firebird.

      Camaro same time frame total=4,337,207

      So as a manufacturer are you willing to bypass the potential of perhaps 2 million+ cars? Don't think so.

      Is the market that big anymore? I don't think so, but even if you kept the % the same there is gold in them tar screaming eagles.




      • 8 Years Ago
      "That said, i hate the design, but then again i'm not a baby boomer, so seeing Shelby walk hobbled over to a new 'stang doesn't inspire confidence in me either (yes I understand the things he DID for the American car industry and enthusiasts but he does not speak to people my age – 20 something’s – at all..."

      My theory on who decided to make the Camaro a retro car:

      Ford Mustang
      • 8 Years Ago
      THE CAMARO IS BACK!!! (two years from now)
      • 8 Years Ago
      " So mad props go out to Lutz and company for recognizing the power of the blog."

      Yes, GM would not have thought to build a car like this without thousands of posters, here and elsewhere, telling them it was a good idea. Makes you wonder what the folks in marketing and product planning do to earn their salaries. Also makes you wonder how a much smaller company (Mazda) managed before there was an internet to tell them the Miata was a good idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "10. T-tops!I remember t-tops!If you didn,t have t-tops on your camaro/firebird in the seventies you didn,t have style.You just did'nt buy a camaro or firebird without t-tops back then.Why the heck bother.But you know the seventies were ,uh,the seventies.

      Posted at 5:38PM on Aug 11th 2006 by JON 0 stars"

      -So true, the last car I know of with T-tops was the 1987-up Nissan Pulsar's, never quite the same!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Also makes you wonder how a much smaller company (Mazda) managed before there was an internet to tell them the Miata was a good idea."

      I do believe it's called common sense. Yay camaro, boo the rest of GM's car line up. It's a pitty they don't have a quality division building a entire range of competent cars for the masses (ala the aforementioned mazda). That said, i hate the design, but then again i'm not a baby boomer, so seeing Shelby walk hobbled over to a new 'stang doesn't inspire confidence in me either (yes I understand the things he DID for the American car industry and enthusiasts but he does not speak to people my age – 20 something’s – at all… and oddly, we’re spending a lot of money on fast fun cars thanks to the after effects of the dot coms and wealthy parents… at least acura (RSX), lexus (IS), and others get it). But the majority of the country is entering retirement so I guess that focus makes sense. ah the good old days that will never be again. what are companies like porsche thinking when they diversify and don't rely on ancient designs to sell cars, or honda and toyota spending more on R & D instead of more on marketing to make up for their shortcomings (GM). oh wells.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2

      Yeah, I know what you mean. I was on mazda3forums.com last night and these two dudes got into it on one of the blogs. This 3rd guy stepped in at said "if you two want to fight like little bitches autoblog.com is where you need to go now leave". Pretty funny!

      Love the Camaro though!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Agreed JON on the Camaro and Firebird.

      All you need is the tie-in:

      Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'
      Ah we gonna do what they say can't be done
      We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
      I'm eastbound, just watch old Bandit run

      Keep your foot hard on the pedal
      Son, never mind them brakes
      Let it all hang out cause we got a run to make
      The boys are thirsty in Atlanta
      and there's beer in Texarkana
      We'll bring it back no matter what it takes

      Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'
      Ah we gonna do what they say can't be done
      We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
      I'm eastbound, just watch old Bandit run


      Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'
      Ah we gonna do what they say can't be done
      We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
      I'm eastbound, just watch old Bandit run

      Old Smokey's got them ears on
      He's hot on your trail
      And he ain't gonna rest 'til you're in jail
      So you've got to dodge him, you've got to duck him
      You gotta keep that diesel truckin'
      Just put that hammer down and give it hell

      Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'
      Ah we gonna do what they say can't be done
      We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
      I'm eastbound, just watch old Bandit run

      Compare Firebird sales to when this song and movie were big 77-79
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