• Nov 13, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible concept

We weren't surprised when Chrysler decided to nix plans for a Dodge Challenger convertible. The LX-based coupe wasn't developed with a drop-top variant in mind and it would've taken far too much cash to shore up the chassis with the roof removed. And if you hadn't heard, Chrysler isn't doing too well in the cash department.

Now, MotorTrend is reporting that General Motors is delaying the launch of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible for the same reason, putting off the introduction for another year as the General attempts to keep its head above these financially troubled waters. Spending on such extravagances is hard to justify for both GM and consumers, and if the Federal bailout goes through, it's safe to assume that legislators and the public us would have hard time seeing our tax dollars being used to sell a niche vehicle.


[Source: MotorTrend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      too bad, thats a damn nice car. but why do they make the side-view mirrors so small in the concept- obviously they are too small to see with.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably concept rearview cameras or something. And good God is that a great looking car.
      John Bettencourt
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 2010 "refreshed" Ford Mustang WILL have a convertible though. One more time Ford will win the Pony wars because GM can't manage themselves. As a current classic Mustang owner I wanted to see the rivalry take off again to spark the big three into better quality performance vehicles, but it looks like the writing is on the wall before it even gets started. Too bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      (This was in regards to Torrents original post...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      HELLO!

      ALL OF GM IS ON HOLD!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it's a shame that all this is due to bad designs, hyped advertising for a non-descript 4-door crap box car models built by all the manufacturers to the point one can not tell who built the losers’ in the first place. It's a crying shame Oldsmobile fell to this type of demise. I owned a great 1967 442 convertible as well as many other great 60's & 70's cars camaros and corvettes. I'm am sick that the entire car critics think a car has to be the non-descript 4-door crap box. Many like me grew up during the 60's when driving a cool machine was value in it's self. Say what you want the classic designs were the best for style, and now with the better driving designs as far as performance, GO with it!!!! The success will follow!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why GM needs to go under, no bailout!

      Yet another GM vehicle we waited for and then in the end we get the shaft. Whether its price, no manual available as promised, or this - we never get what we want!

      And why does nobody have a problem with the federal government in exchange for bailout money getting part ownership in the company?

      THAT'S SOCIALIST!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can always get a Camaro Coupe with a sunroof..
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Jj
        "...closing of GM would be a huge blow to a healthy economy..."

        Whoa dude? What country are you in? Obviously you are somewhere other than the United States! US economy collapsed back in October and has been artificially propped up ever since.

        I am guessing you are in France.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah - as if you were in line to buy one. Idiots like you that think the U.S. auto industry needs to fail should be exiled to Afganistan and put on the front lines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      yeah, 'bumblebee' will transform convertible in next tranformer movie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I was planning on replacing my 99 mustang convertible with the camaro convertible, i just talked to a dealer earlier this week about ordering the convertible. i'm not getting a coupe, i'd rather have a truck!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, and the 2nd rule of performance driving is..."if the police matter, your probably in the wrong kind of car".
      • 6 Years Ago
      one thing that always had me puzzled, look at the foot print, its huge to only fit 2 adults and 2 kids in the back seat...
        • 6 Years Ago
        People are afraid to have too much fun in a smaller car like Miata. That's why Sky and Solstice are so big too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A stubby-nosed Camaro would look dumb. You also need room up front to fit the different motor/trans combos plus the room required to meet front end crash test regs. And some of us use our vehicles for more than hauling passengers, so meaningful trunk space is nice to have as well.

        I think its proportions are great.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a classic design and that's what makes it desirable. Practicality isn't the issue. This is the kind of hot product the American auto industry needs to turn them around when this economic disaster finally gets sorted out. Honda and Toyota can never build anything like this because they don't have the tradition behind them. This is classic American muscle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stupid GM. With today's CAD/CAM equipment the camaro should have been (if it wasn't anyway...they're just fibbing) designed from the ground up as a convertible or coupe. Even BMW can make a convertible M3 with much lower numbers. Unless the car is a hardtop convertible putting a ragtop on it isn't a big deal. Hell, GM could shop it out to ASC (or did they pull them inhouse?) or Shelby or any one of half a dozen shops in Troy, MI to have a convertible put on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing as how I planned on buying one I'd rather my tax dollars go for a Camaro Vert than a Corolla clone.
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