• Jan 9, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevrolet Camaro Concept

General Motors sent out a directive to dealers today announcing a one-month production delay for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. According to the message, the reason for the postponement (production is set to begin on Monday, March 16) is not due to any legal problems or the current issues faced by the General, and instead is a "result of GM's efforts to ensure the Camaro exceeds the highest quality benchmarks established by GM for a new product."

A forum member at Camaro5 who supposedly obtained the document is also saying that the Camaro convertible, reported as dead back in November, will go on sale as a 2011 model. Power figures for the bent-eight variants are listed in the directive at 400 hp for the L99 and 426 hp for the LS3, with all 10,000 pre-orders completed by October. Thanks to all who tipped in!



[Sources: 5thGen, Camaro5]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The convertible looks great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...highest quality benchmarks established by GM for a new product."

      Shouldn't have taken more than an hour or two to achieve such lofty goals.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jake, glad to see you finally woke up from your coma! It must be overwhelming being out of the loop for 15 years.

        On behalf of everyone here at Autoblog, WELCOME TO 2009! A time when GM and Ford actually make good, quality cars!

        I know it's a big shock, so we'll give you some time to adjust.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Worst vehicle at the best time.

      Way to show us how to blow money GM Management. You guys really don't get it. This car should have been abandoned as quickly as the G8 ST.

      The poor decision makers stay to live another day at GM. At least their time is limited because with guys like J. Christopher Preuss at the helm, there won't be a GM in 2010.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You really don't have a clue, do you?

        yeah, let's kill the car AFTER we've spent all the money developing, testing, and getting the plants ready for production, that sounds like a great idea! Forget about the thousands of people who have already ordered a Camaro, they didn't really want one anyway.

        Besides, everyone knows that GM is the only car manufacturer that makes bad decisions. It's not like Toyota just finished a truck plant last summer just as gas started flirting with $5 a gallon. Oh, wait, Toyota did do that......

      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont mind waiting a little... as long as they get it right. I'm probably getting a red manual SS!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's the way to go!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, do it right....
        delay of a month or so won't make much difference if built properly but building it wrong will make a serious difference.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok i like it but i would buy it after:

      1- I VOTED FOR AUTOBLOG ON THIS SITE http://2008.weblogawards.org/polls/best-major-blog/
      2- bought a miata and had suspension wheel tires brakes force induction and interior done
      3- bought a skyline gtr and fitted it with all the nismo and seibon stuff
      4- got a Zonda
      5- got an NSX type r
      6- a couple of more cars and i was driving in detroit or california.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I'll beat this thing to the market :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not coming out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course it will come out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol yeah Mustang wishes...
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's like Duke Nukem Forever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "result of GM's efforts to ensure the Camaro exceeds the highest quality benchmarks established by GM for a new product."

      Seriously? They need more time?

      It's been way too long...
      • 6 Years Ago
      You really don't have a clue, do you?

      yeah, let's kill the car AFTER we've spent all the money developing, testing, and getting the plants ready for production, that sounds like a great idea! Forget about the thousands of people who have already ordered a Camaro, they didn't really want one anyway.

      Besides, everyone knows that GM is the only car manufacturer that makes bad decisions. It's not like Toyota just finished a truck plant last summer just as gas started flirting with $5 a gallon. Oh, wait, Toyota did do that......
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they would have just raised that roofline even an inch or two it would look infinitely more proportional and attractive. As it is, driver's will have to have their head against the headliner just to see over that hood. An otherwise excellent car aside from that single show stopping factor.

      While I appreciate these new two door muscle cars from the Detroit three, they each suffer from at least some major design flaw that makes it undesirable from my perspective. For the Camaro, it's that stupid low roofline, for the Challenger, it's the rocker panels that nearly drag the ground and make the car look thick and slab-sided. For the Mustand, it's the archaic solid rear axle. Can't SOMEONE get it right? If I were to go buy a new car now, it would probably just be an Altima coupe with a 4 cylinder engine. It fits fantastic with a lean trim design and excellent visibility and practicality.

      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a god!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Delayed yet again? Boy i'm glad that i'm not buying one untill 2011-at least I'll have choices between hardtop or convertible. My only fear is wheather GM will live that long, because after the bailout money runs dry, they still have the UAW intact and the same old fools at the top making the day to day decisions-nothing will have changed! If I feel they are on they're way out-I will just have to shift gears and buy it sooner, which still won't be a bad problem to have. It has been well overdue, even Ed Wellburn admits this-I just want the damn car on the streets and available for purchase after seeing it over the last 3 years and not be allowed to even sit in it!!!!!
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