• Feb 5, 2010
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The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has been on the road for less than a year in production form, but, according to Motor Trend, General Motors is already considering a followup act. The current model is based on GM's Zeta rear-wheel drive platform that was developed by Holden in Australia. While the Zeta cars, the Camaro and the late Pontiac G8, have generally been praised for their dynamics, they are not perfect. The platform is heavy and many of the originally anticipated additional applications have not materialized, raising the per vehicle cost in the process.

Last summer in the wake of bankruptcy, GM showed off many of its upcoming vehicles to members of the media, including a new smaller Cadillac dubbed ATS. The ATS rides on a new rear-wheel drive platform that has been referred to as Alpha. GM didn't disclose exactly what they were calling the ATS platform, but they did tell us that it would be shared with the next-generation CTS which will likely grow a bit to better compete with the BMW 5 Series. Given the economics of building cars and the volumes expected for both the Cadillacs and the Camaro, it makes sense that the Camaro would move over to the Alpha architecture. One of the goals for all three models will be reduced mass, necessary to meet new fuel economy standards and improve performance.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Zeta platform, as used in the G8, is not heavy. A G8 GT with a V8 weighed less than a smaller BMW 5 series with a v8.

      The Camaro is on the heavy side because it is sharing a platform that is designed for a larger applications and got scale down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well that, and a WRX is about $5-7k more expensive than a Cobalt SS/TC. And the WRX is slower (when not drag racing from a stop).
      • 4 Years Ago
      With very low volume on this Camaro platform, the Giant Mess at Gov't Motors is probably loosing more of our hard-earned money on every Camaro they sell... brilliant, just f!@#$ng brilliant! And this breaking news is.... maybe 5-years away... wasting my time!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This "Gov't Motors: is getting old, It ain't your money it never was your money deal with it...but while you are at it go complain at your local "govt bank" also....
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you know this platform is 5 years away and you hate General Motors, why are you reading and commenting on this article?
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H.
        11:17AM (2/05/2010)
        If the Camaro is "very low volume", and outsells the Mustang every month since its introduction, should Ford cancel the Mustang?


        @ John H

        aahh, The man with a Subaru Avatar speaks his wisdom............. How old are you John H, 12?

        for once in 40+ years the Camaro outsells the Mustang after a 7 year hiatus and with their Transformers popularity and you can't contain your excitment can you?

        Not too mention before the Camaro was even available to the public in June 2010 for actually sale there were 17,000 preorders so that would by default already the Camaro out ahead of the Mustang. But the Camaro sales have definitely slowed down now, since they are offering discounts to move them.

        Here's a new flash genius, most people are waiting for the 2011 Mustang with the new engines, and they weren't buying the 2010 Mustang. Now do you get the slow sales of The 2010 Mustang?

        Another stupid idiot who shouldn't be commenting on these articles
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Lar7789789

        Hey, stupid idiot.

        The incentives you are talking about are to move the '10 Camaro models, seeing how the '11 models will be here in a few months. Yes, you heard that right. There will be a 2011 model of the Camaro, as well as the Mustang.

        Remember the insane incentives on the 09 Mustangs? Same thing. Sell the older model now, so when the new one comes in there will not be a cheaper alternative. The incentive they give now loses less money, for the dealer, than if they kept them and someone decided on the older model, instead of the new. Why? Eventually, the newer model now will be replaced with the NEXT model year. It's a never-ending cycle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's "lose" not "loose" for God's sake. ARGH!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why is it that the dumbest comments are always first in the door. There is NO Camaro platform. The Camaro rides on the same platform ad the now defunct Pontiac G8 (USA), which is also shared by the Holden Commodore (AUS), Buick Park Ave. (China) Chevy Caprice (Middle East) Chevy Caprice (USA) police car, Vauxhall VXR8.

        That is low volume for you. There is nothing like blabbing, when you are ill informed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If the Camaro is "very low volume", and outsells the Mustang every month since its introduction, should Ford cancel the Mustang?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to mention that the Camaro is making more money than GM expected. It's selling quite well, but the majority of those sales are more profitable SS models.

        Also, pilot production of the Camaro was already happening at Oshawa by the time GM got its first loans. I suppose you think GM should have just written off all the development, tooling, and other launch costs (all paid BEFORE GM received a penny from the gov't) just as the car was coming off the line...oh and refunded customer deposits because you don't know your ass from a bail of hay when it comes to the auto industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Greg your are a total moronic ignoridiot. Please delete your account and head to the door on the left.
        • 4 Years Ago
        UCJR, the trillion dollar bailout went to banks. A 40 something billion dollar loan went to GM, and GM has already started repaying that loan. (What you did is basically like comparing a $120 fillet mignon to a $4 cheese burger)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ats or not, glad to see the camaro is here today and not have to wait another 5-7 years for its re-appearance. Look what a lil competition did for the mustang, finally the "base" got a more power-full engine then that anemic anchor like 4.0L plus the 6-speed. Seriously add .6L to the 4.0L n you get 2 more cylinders plus an additional 105 more hp out of the 4.6L v8 vs the 4.0L, lol n the mpg were about the same too. Luckily Ford is upgrading to the 5.0L, all i can say is its about dam time they woken up. Can u believe it takes 2, 4.0L v6 engines just to make the power of this 5.0L???? LoL!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this spell the end of the still-young and healthy Sigma platform? and what about the rumored sigma II? And will zeta be dying to? I sure hope both platforms can survive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current CTS rides on Sigma II which is a newer platform then Sigma I.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully.

        And Sigma isn't young...the first version of it was the '03 CTS. So it's in its 8th season. I don't call that young.

        It also doesn't make sense to make two separate large-ish RWD platforms. There's too much overlap between Sigma and Zeta. So making Alpha compact/midsize and Zeta full-size is a much better solution than having all 3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sigma II?

        I'm afraid there is no such thing as Sigma II. At least, not yet.

        The current CTS is a totally rebodied version on the last CTS's platform. It's the same platform. Just like the current Impala is still on the W platform, even though it was totally reworked from the 2000-05 model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd buy the Mustang also. At least that way it supports the US workers.
      Muscle car built in Canada...lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should change the belt-line and the gauges on the central console.The interior is pretty cheep.But everything else is great,nice car. Hey,heres a red-neck joke for ya'll(yes,I said ya'll as a satire)

      the rear seats in the camero are pretty small and useless.Thats because it's not meant to sit in.It's meant to strore your guns!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This of course assumes there will be a next-generation Camaro.

      I'm betting this car runs its model cycle and disappears into the ether once more--a last hurrah if you will.

      After this generation it'll be impossible to build an affordable, powerful sportscar due to ever-tightening fuel economy regulations. Unless the Camaro downsizes significantly--in both size and power--it can't possibly survive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? Because it currently gets better MPG than the mustang you are buying. I guess the Mustang will be gone as well? Along with the Z, the RX, etc, etc... Either that or you are talking out your ass.
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        Epyx
        12:11PM (2/05/2010)
        Really? Because it currently gets better MPG than the mustang you are buying. I guess the Mustang will be gone as well? Along with the Z, the RX, etc, etc... Either that or you are talking out your ass.


        @ Epyx

        I think you are talking out your ass, where did you read it gets better MPG than the 2010 V8 or 2011 V6 or V8 Mustang?

        I don't think the Mustang is going anywhere after being in the game continuously since 1964.

        The Firebird is extinct, and the Camaro Just came back after a 7 year hiatus, you really think it will be around past 2015?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sooo this little piggy is going on a diet. Should be interesting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are absolutely right....this car has to shed some weight.... a lot of weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM adding lightness to the Camaro? Excellent!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds nice :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      That sounds nice... a 3series/G37 size Camaro with the upcoming smaller small-block will truly be the rebirth of the pony-car!
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