• Mar 12, 2008
Click above for more high-res spy shots of the "2010" Chevy Camaro

In a case of what appears to be semantics, Chevy has revealed that the Camaro will now be a 2010 model, rather than a 2009 model. The semantic part is that the car will go on sale in the spring of 2009, yet still be called a 2010 Camaro. The reason the car won't go on sale earlier in 2009 is because Chevy says "it would have meant a short model run before changeover to "10 production".

So we aren't sure how the car could go on sale earlier in 2009 unless Chevy began selling it in the rather un-Camaro-like season of winter. We also aren't sure why it matters whether they call it a 2009 or a 2010 -- people just want to take deliveries of their Camaros already. And we aren't sure what sort of apocalyptic upheaval takes places between '09 and '10 production.

Chevy: give us the Camaro. Please. Call it a 5150 or 10,000 B.C. model year car, we're not particular. To paraphrase the Bard, it isn't the model year that will be the death of us, it's the wait for the car. Just so you prospective buyers know, the convertible will go on sale a year later, in the actual year of 2010, and will also be called a 2010 model. Together, Chevy expects to move 100,000 units annually of the revived musclecar, if it ever gets here.



[Source: Ward's Dealer via The Truth About Cars]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm utterly amazed that the writer's at Autoblog don't know that by Federal law (in Canada too) any new model introduced for sale on or after Jan 1 MUST be branded with the following year.

      In other words any new model released after Jan 1, 2009 and before Dec 31, 2009 is a 2010.

      When Mazda released the Mazda6 in the US in Dec 2002 it was a 2003 but the exact same car from the same production line wasn't released to Canada until Jan-Feb of 2003 and was sold as a 2004 in Canada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nothing is being delayed, when GM announced that they would produce the Camaro, back in August 2006, they said that the Camaro would go on sale in the first quarter of 2009, thats somewhere Jan 1 to March 31 2009.... This has not changed..

      GM NEVER announced what the model year would be, they NEVER said that the car would be a 2009 Camaro... only that it would go on sale during the CALENDAR year 2009... so all this is is confirmation of the 2010 Model year.. the production schedule has not changed, nothing has been delayed
      • 6 Years Ago
      there has been no pricing released for the Camaro.. and the only comments i've heard from anyone associated with GM on the matter are that it will be within $200 of an equally equipped mustang
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok let get the facts straight.

      The Camaro has been a 2010 Vehicle for a long time this is nothing new.

      The Camaro will start production of Pilot cars in November of 2008. The GP is dead the Impala was moved to the other Osawa line and they are now setting up the Camaro line.

      The Camaro will be in show rooms in Febuary of 2009 as early 2010 model just as the 2004 GP came out in March of 2003. It is called a mid year into and we have seen this time and time again.

      The Camaro will be a convertible. It will show up about 6 months after intro.

      The Z/28 will be out about a year and a half after the intro. The engine is not availble yet as is the rest of the additional performance items it will carry.

      GM would have like to brought this car to you 5 years ago but could not because.

      The plant was not yet avaiable.

      The platform was not yet available due to holds to rework the car to make it more affordable.

      The old Camaro plant had to be torn down to permit the car to move as specified in the CAW contract.

      Money had to be recouped from the truck line to pay for the new Zeta line GM was working on. Truck even with sales down = profits and profits = money to built cool cars like the Camaro.

      GM may have taken longer to get it out but the end result is a car that it is smaller and cheaper than the Challanger. It also is free of the Union problems that could have prevented the name from being used. It also uses less bin parts like the Challanger.

      The V6 will suprise many as it will be packaged with a V6 that many will love even at $4 gas prices but with V8 power. The SS will be around 430 HP and The Z/28 will shadow the CTS V in power.

      If cars were easy to built we would still have AMC around. They are not and companies like GM would be burned if they did not get this car right out of the box. The New Malibu is an example of what GM can and will do in the future. The Camaro will only add to the new company GM has become.

      Oh and before some one point it out again.... The head lights are not profduction as well as much of the missing trim fromt the mules. They are not finished cars.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You are in violation of 1) stating too many facts and 2) making too much sense. We don't appreciate that around here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So a direct injection 300hp 3.6 V6 or
        did somebody hacksaw the LS3, 4.6 liters 350hpV6. Nice.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is taking way to long for it to be release.
      Larry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Recently GM branded FEBRUARY vehicles (GMC, Chevy truck, maybe others as well) with the FOLLOWING YEAR'S DATE! I am not sure which year it was, I think it was Feb 06, that they called "07!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its amazing to me how many idiots don't take the time to read the article.... its not being delayed til 2010!!!!!

      They are releasing it next spring in 2009, and calling it a 2010 model!!!!!

      God Damn!
      • 6 Years Ago
      #

      This article is a mixture of old news and mis-information.

      Many months ago the model year was changed to 2010. That’s the old news part.

      The mis-information part is that the car is delayed….
      When GM announced that they would produce the Camaro back in August 2006, they said it “will begin with early production versions at the end of 2008 and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2009.”
      And that has not changed.

      GM press release (I quoted from the 3rd Paragraph):
      http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewmonthlyreleasedetail.do?domain=13&docid=27934
      #
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is a very simple reason why they are doing this. The machines that stamp the VIN on the cars would have to be retooled between '09 and '10 to reflect the proper model year. You jump right into the '10 model year, skipping '09 and you save bucks.

      its really quite simple...
        • 6 Years Ago
        There will be no convertible, the car was not engineered for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        no convertable? where are people getting this info?.. the car has been engineered from the start to be viable as a convertable.. the 2007 was a convertable for petes sake.. there will be a convertable
        • 6 Years Ago
        But if they're releasing the convertible at the same time of year in 2010 and calling *that* a 2010...

        Dunno. Just seems like an awfully dim PR move when people are borderline pissed at the thing for not just getting here already.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Got any sources there Tim or are you just pulling that out of the air?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, and here i was thinking that dodge hyped the challenger way too early and took a little too long to bring it to production...

      almost seems snappy considering how long we have been hearing "the camaro is coming" from chevy...and its still a year away.

      oh well, i actually do hope it does well
      • 6 Years Ago
      The headlines are a little misleading. The delay is only a few months, not a whole year.

      Production was planned to begin late this Fall (Oct/Nov) or early Winter (Dec) and now it's planned for February 2009. Not a big delay or a big deal really.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That's right.

        Production for a typical model year starts in July-August timeframe. If they aren't ready to go until late in the year, it makes sense to simply wait until after the new year and make them '10's.

        They can't legally sell a car more than 12 months before it's production year anymore. I suspect this is a result of the '88 Chevy Beretta , which came out in spring of '86.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, my lease is up in October, so the delay will mean one lost coupe buyer for GM, and quite likely a sale for Chrysler with the Challenger. Considering the millions of Americans who will be replacing their cars during that time, this is a huge missed opportunity for GM.

        If Alex is right with the VIN number comment, another stupid move on GM's part to save a few bucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it'll be another great year for mustang sales....
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