• Apr 29, 2007
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General Motors released an image today of GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner, Vice-Chairmen Bob Lutz and Fritz Henderson standing in front of a production clay model of the 2009 Camaro being chiseled. The official caption of the pic refers to the car as a "production clay model", although from what we can see through the pleated pants of these three GM execs, the front end looks exactly the same as the Camaro Concept that first debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show.

What's more interesting, perhaps, is the fuzzy background showing this design studio's wall on which hangs a concept rendering of what appears to be a new Chevy vehicle. Josh Oliver from TheGMSource.com surmises that it's a new rear-wheel drive coupe, possibly a new Monte Carlo or Chevelle. We're not sure from the available evidence that such a claim can be made with any degree of certainty, but it is clear the car on the wall is one we haven't been officially introduced to yet. Any thoughts on its identity? Impala, perhaps? Drop your guess in the comments.

[Source: GM via The GM Source]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, indeed...three "leaders" of GM playing pocket pool.

      That about sums it up, folks, as to what they actually DO to earn their salaries.

      ...that, and pose for ridiculous photos.

      No wonder GM has fallen to second place.

      (Now, just imagine what the three of them do in the executive bathroom...ok, that's just NASTY...let's not go there :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know exactly what the photo shows but, I do know what it should be showing. If GM would make what is in that photo an aggressively styled 4 door coupe with a RWD platform they may have something. If it were a RWD efficient high performance (ie 400hp+) diesel or hybrid that got at least 30mpg and wiped the floor with other cars in its segment I'd buy one. If not, I'd yawn and keep driving my Toyota...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, Fritz Henderson is really short.
      Ben K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a modern version of the early 70's Chevelle. The grille and fastback design resemble the ever popular coupe. The 2007 Chevy video of the SS model lineup includes a Chevelle at the end of the video. Heritage cars offer a modern version of the GM's best classics. The General has several to choose from, Camaro, Chevelle, GTO, Firebird, GNX, Nomad and ElCamino just to name a few. The Zeta platform could accomodate several models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh, everytime I see the mug of the new Camaro I can't help but see a "Cars" car. Look at the lower grille... looks like a mouth with a stupid smile! They just need to paint eyes on the windshield LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does GM continue to tease? Teasing is for car companies that make profits. Just release some official shots of the production car in various states of trim already. We had a clay model back during the whole auto show debacle. Nothing new here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it's the new LUMINA. the end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Marty has it right. It does seem like a smaller car, like a Cobalt with the updated Chevrolet front end look. That or, as others have said, a Malibu coupe.

      It certainly isn't RWD. RWD cars typically have wheels that have a bit of a "dish" to them. The car in that picture has wheels that remain flush with the outside of the tire (maybe even bulge out just a little), as FWD vehicles do.
      • 7 Years Ago

      #6

      Hey now, everyone knows that most CEOs don't do that much anyway, right??? I mean, aren't CEOs just figureheads at every major corporation around the Western World? I mean, every time you see a CEO or upper level manager at any large company posing for a photo, aren't they always sort of smiling with some kind of smug look on their faces as they have at least one of their paws in their pockets? Nothing too out of the ordinary in this photo I say.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's either the new RWD Impala that has been put on hold or a new coupe variant of the current FWD Impala. I'm referring to the picture in the background.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      These teaser shots are a extremly cost effective way to create excitment about a brand, worked extremely well with the CTS, now it's the Camaro which they are teasing us with, and adding that little unreadable poster to create more buzz for future Chevy product as a whole. Nothing in that picture is in there by mistake!
      • 7 Years Ago
      2009 cobalt is as good a guess as any other. the wheels are concept car huge, or maybe they are just 18s on a small car.

      :crosses fingers and hopes its a kappa coupe:
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