• Feb 19, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

When General Motors made the announcement yesterday that it was shutting down it High Performance Vehicle Operations, a few questions surfaced about what would happen to the models that haven't hit dealers but are still in the pipeline. While the answers seemed obvious to us (development's done so they're still on the way), GM spokesman Vince Muniga sought to address the concerns of enthusiasts.

Muniga told InsideLine that the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS is coming out and "is not threatened at all." Furthermore, and just as obvious, the Cadillac CTS-V, Cobalt SS and HHR SS will soldier on until their production run ends, and vehicles like the Camaro SS, Corvette ZR1 and Z06 – all of which were developed as regular production models, not through HPVO – are safe.

The 60 or so engineers behind the HPVO team are still receiving paychecks with Wagoner's signature and have begun working on everything from passenger vehicles to crossovers. According to Muniga, "We're not going to let those talents go to waste."


[Source: InsideLine]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      At least those engineers get to keep their jobs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good, I'm glad the Corvette and Camaro are safe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad everyone is happy cuz you're paying for them. Shouldn't everyone be getting an employee discount???


      The 60 or so engineers behind the HPVO team are still receiving paychecks with Wagoner's signature and have begun working on everything from passenger vehicles to crossovers.

      As a taxpayer I want my signature next to Wagoners or better yet above it... in larger letters.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I want kick-backs from the banks that are using my tax dollars...just to deny me credit, but that probably not going to happen either.... ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your bank might as well change it's name to your first name while their at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The day the CTS-V dies will be a sad one. Not happy about that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Divine Intervention!
      • 5 Years Ago
      HPVO only lives as long as GM lives. How long is that?

      Captain Smith could have given the same message of hope to the passengers on the Titanic at midnight: "Hey, I know we'll still be floating at 12:01!" [Titanic sank at 2:20.]
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank god
        • 5 Years Ago
        @zamafir: If the availability of interior parts becomes an issue, maybe GM can simply slap a Type-R / Superleggera logo on the Camaro's back end. Heck, GM might even be able to charge more for the weight reductions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think i'll refrain from thanking God until the actual production cars start rolling... after that massive lawsuit and countersuit are settled. The HPVO issue may not affect the Camaro but the lack of any interior parts sure poses a potential brick wall on the road to production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice to know about the Camaro SS but more importantly:

      The Blue Devil lives!

      That is the best piece of news all day!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just got off the phone with the local dealership (Reedman-Toll) and was told they just started building them last week, and they should be seeing them by the end of March. Can't remember the last time a car took so long to get into production and into dealerships. Hell, the thing's in both Transformers movies before it is out on the market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In GM's defense they never planned on using Transformers as marketing. GM was approached to use the Camaro concept. GM released the concept with zero engineering done, the entire car needed to be engineered, barring the powertrain. It uses a different chassis than the VE/G8. It uses a swb Zeta-II (aka Global RWD). Taking a car from concept to on-sale in ~3years while developing a platform, unique interior (there's no parts bin stuff in Camaro, its all unique), etc is very reasonable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Frylock350

        Thats what I have been trying to tell people this whole time but for some reason they still seem to think that cars don't take time to engineer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was introduced in 2006 as a concept. Three years from concept to production is normal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No big news here. Of course Corvette is safe, its GM's halo vehicle. Camaro isn't a one-off hi-po modification to a regular car (like the Cobalt SS). Did HPVO even do the Z06 or ZR1? I thought the Corvette team engineered them. Camaro was engineered by Holden. The SS Camaro was meant to be a mass-market product, the Z/28 is what we need to worry about. At the auto show I talked to a Chevy representative. The people who ordered Camaros should receive them in the beginning of April.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The car already looks old and outdated, sad to say considering it hasn't been even sold yet.
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