• Mar 10, 2008
Click above for more high-spy shots of the production 2009 Chevy Camaro

During an interview at the recent Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, GM VP of Global Design Ed Welburn claims the the production 2009 Chevy Camaro will feature an interior that's even better than the one featured in the Camaro concept. The interviewer gets Welburn talking about the interior by mentioning the gamut of spy shots taken that show the interior of a Camaro mule. Welburn claims those interiors are just thrown together with tape and gauges and don't represent the production interior at all. Well, we've all the seen the interior spy shots, and they show a dash design that looks much farther along than what Welburn suggests. The latest interior spy shots show a dash, center console, gauges and steering wheel that all appear to be unique elements destined for the production Camaro, not items pilfered from the corporate parts bin just to get the car running. Unfortunately, whether or not the spy shots do reveal the production interior can't be answered until we see the final product at a future auto show, but Mr. Welburn seems to claim that the 2009 Chevy Camaro will still be packing a surprise or two when it finally does arrive.

Check out both interviews given by Ed Welburn at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance after the jump.



[Source: Jacksonville.com]





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      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't make it better. Keep it the way it was in the concept, but you know........add a cd player and stuff...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That "improved" interior would have to significantly different in design. The one in the spy pictures has no congruency whatsoever. The center shifter has a very cheap look to it, design wise, and so do the gauges and radio area. They really need to benchmark Audi and other quality interiors, GM cannot afford to slip up with this car after all the publicity that it has received from movies, etc. The backlash would be terrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even the Dacia Logans Interiour looks cooler and more sporty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One can only hope that the spin the GM spokesperson is saying is true. That interior is so ugly, it makes the Charger interior attractive. The center console shape is particularly tumorous and the gauges are overstylized.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Better than the concept? That should be easy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha, exactly what I was thinking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        x2, I especially like them playing it off as though a better interrior has always been in the cards and wasn't a result of the overwhelming bitchfest that followed the concept's photos being 'leaked'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the quality is good, I'll put this car on my short list. I would have bought the Mustang after seeing the concept in Los Angeles. The resulting production model, however, was a cheap turd of an imitation of that concept. Ford blew it on the Mustang. Big time. I hope Chevy doesn't blow it on the Camaro.

      The interior quality of other GM products I've seen recently has impressed me - and that's saying a lot as I've loathed GM stuff for years because of the shoddy build and materials quality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Camaro with a decent interior?
      I like where this is going.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a feeling GM may be overhauling the Camaro's interior. This is definitely worse than the Challenger's and WAY worse than the Mustang's (the current one at least...Ford may have re-designed it for the refreshed Stang).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey AutoBlog:


      That aint the production interior. It may be the final design, but it's pretty damn far from finished.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They better hope it's not the spy shot interior that makes it to production. Speaking of production, when is this supposed to start production? Can they wait any longer or is this new interior holding things up?

      Hey Silver, the Mustang was so far from the concept that it's only a few hundred thousand since '05 introduction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No, what's overrated is the countless bland, crappy, "modern"-styled FWD cars people laud for really no good reason. The majority of them are almost completely devoid of any style or character inside and out.

      Cars like the Camaro should never have Audi or cookie-cutter modern interiors, they should have tough and distinctive styling inside befitting of their purpose and image. GM is hitting the nail on the head with the interior of this car and it's styled like the 1960s original AS IT SHOULD BE.

      Everyone who thinks otherwise really doesn't understand this market and shouldn't be looking at this type of car in the first place.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you that this car shouldn't have the cold perfection of Acura or Audi, but it also shouldn't look so tacky that, in a few years, people will wince at it.

        The Mustang does retro better, it looks classic, but without the gimcrackery (IP typeface excluded) that wrecks ergonomics and dates the design. I can see what they were going for here, but it's not at all cohesive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are wrong my friend. GM has to make quality car with quality interiors if they are to survive, and this vehicle is high profile. The interior needs to have good materials and design, I doubt very much that gear heads disapprove of a high quality interior...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love how everyone is judging the interior by a few crappy spy pics. Let's wait and see before everyone throws this car away. If it is even close to the CTS or anything GM has come out with in the last couple years it will be fine. I am willing to bet the farm that it will be much nicer than the crappy mustang and boring challenger interior.

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