• Jan 27, 2010
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General Motors and Magna may weren't exactly seeing eye to eye when the Canadian supplier failed in its efforts to purchase Opel from The General, but the two companies are obviously still on speaking terms. Automotive News reports that Magna's Car Top Systems group has won the convertible contract for the Chevrolet Camaro. The General is reportedly expecting the droptop Camaro to account for 20,000 sales annually, matching the Ford Mustang as the top convertible sold in the States.

While Magna is the latest supplier to win the Camaro convertible bid it, isn't the first. Edscha AG originally won the contract, but the abysmal state of the convertible car market in the U.S. contributed to the German supplier filing for insolvency. And when we say the market for convertibles was bad in 2009, we're talking flat-line, bag it and tag it bad. Fewer than 50,000 convertibles were sold during the year, compared with over 200,000 sales only four years ago. GM switched the contract to the far healthier Magna to ensure that production of the upcoming Camaro variant isn't delayed. Magna will reportedly build the Camaro tops at GM's Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky with materials from Mexico.

It's hard to say if the Camaro will keep enough momentum in the next year to make 20,000 convertibles possible, but we're guessing a droptop version of the Bowtie pony car may well be the right recipe for keeping the Camaro lineup fresh. Now, about that Z28...




[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Between the recession ending (yes people it will end; the business cycle wasn't repealed on the way up and it wasn't on the way down, either) and the pent up demand of people waiting 8 years for this thing I think Chevy will have a hit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how much ABOVE MSRP will this thing sell for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The recession is ending in time for the Greater Depression. If Obama follows through on cutting spending, combining with an over-inflated stock market, we are set for a world of hurt. The banks are making money on money and just about nothing else. People are still losing their homes, jobs are still being lost...the economic "recovery" will grind to a screeching halt in 2010.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Recession ending??????? no it has not even come close we are still falling. the dow jones may be up but that is not what we should base the economy on. december was the worst month yet.

        For anyone who thinks different;

        THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A RECOVERING ECONOMY WHEN JOBS ARE BEING LOST. NO RISE IN JOBS = NO RECOVERY.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Amateur economists aside, it's gotta be a hit. A 300hp 30mpg great looking car. And with the top down, it should make the view more pleasant than the chopped top coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM should ship some of those Camaros without the cloth top, then weld a hard top on it. Pillarless coupe just like the original.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need to see pics with the top up before i can comment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Camaro convertible? But that would expose the interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ROFLMAO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL. The Mustang's interior feels cheaper than a Camaro's? Please. You aren't fooling anyone except for yourself. The 2010 Mustang's interior is leaps and bounds better than the hard plastic madness going on in the Camaro.

        Plus, as an added benefit, you can actually SEE out of a Mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        im so sick of people hating on the interior saying "its all plastic" i just sat in a MB amg 63 black and the interior on that car is no better. if you dont like the interior for its design thats fine but when people call it cheap its lame. the car sells starting at the 22k now what kind of interior where u expecting? and would you rather have them spend money on interior or performance parts????? if you say interior you should not be looking to purchase a camaro anyway. And the mustangs interior is WAY cheaper feeling.

        sry just had to get that off my chest
        • 4 Years Ago
        lmao

        exactly what i'm thinking

        i went to NAIAS this past weeked and got another chanse to sit int he car
        the interior is so bad they could make this handle like a Porsche adn i'd still not buy one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "NOW, ABOUT THAT Z28......." I HAVE A STRONG FEELING THAT THE "SLP 575" WILL BE THE Z28 AND IF IT IS.......DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....................SOLD!
        • 4 Years Ago
        A $60K+ Camaro? No thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me a 2011 Mustang GT Convertible please. No Camaro here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me see if I have this right.
      GM is going to make a Camaro in Canada,
      then ship it to Kentucky
      where an American employee of another Canadian company
      will chop the top off
      and add a cloth top.
      Is that right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Any how do you KNOW that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I was assuming they were building the top in the US and then shipping it to Canada to be installed on the Camaro.
      • 4 Years Ago
      20,000 is being too optimistic the market is too over saturated and sales are expected to not recover to even match 2008 levels in the next couple years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM will not sell anywhere near 20K verts a year.

      Build the Z28 dammit.
      Can't GM see all of the aftermarket tuners making a killing
      on bolting blowers on to SS cars?
      How many people are getting their cars chopped up into verts?

      Low hanging fruit with oem hardware ready to go should be the focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta say, the ragtop looks far better than the coupe, at least to me anyways. Still doubt I'd ever buy one though. Still rather have the GT500 ragtop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont think this Camaro will be as easy to refresh as the Mustand has been.
      I guess you could start by making it less cartoon - like.
      clown-on-wheels
        • 4 Years Ago
        AS FAR AS "REFRESHING" GOES, YOU ARE RIGHT....THERE ISN'T MUCH TO "PLAY AROUND WITH." THERE IS NOTHING ON THIS CAR THAT I WOULD CHANGE. AS FAR AS THE NEXT BIG DESIGN CHANGE, MAYBE A "TAKE" ON THE '70 CAMARO AND SO ON.....CIAO
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        The Camaro is made in Canada already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's already due for a refresh.
        This bloated abomination of a fuzzy dice-holder looks like something straight out of the late-1980s.

        As somebody who grew up in the seventies, this boat reminds me nothing of the sporty little pony cars I loved.

        Embarrassing. Kill it with fire.
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