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Nearly two weeks ago, we reported news of a "quality assessment" issue with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that was holding up deliveries and further production. We checked in with Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran today to get some clarification on where things stand with the 580-horsepower coupe after being alerted by a reader that Camaro5 forum members with the car on order are growing increasingly frustrated with the delay, seemingly unable to get a clear status update on the fate of their vehicles.

General Motors is declining to say what the nature of the problem is, but Doran says the automaker is confident they are close to a fix that will enable deliveries "in the weeks, not months."

Doran estimates that GM has built "a couple of hundred" 2012 ZL1 models, but only one was delivered to a customer, and that example was handed over due to a dealer error and subsequently reclaimed pending the update. Any ZL1s that were delivered to dealers are back at Chevrolet's Oshawa, Ontario plant awaiting the fix.

Given that the ZL1 was to launch in spring, the high-performance coupe was already looking at an unusually short model year. This stoppage could mean that the 2012 model year run will be even shorter. Doran says GM hopes and expects that when production does resume that it will do so with 2012 models, but he admits that depending on timing, it's possible that Oshawa could transition directly to 2013 model year builds. Either way, contrary to rumors, ZL1 models already built will be delivered as 2012 models. Doran also indicates that GM has instructed its dealers to not accept further orders for 2012 models at this time.

GM acknowledges that this is an unfortunate situation – particularly because the ZL1 is a hotly anticipated model where some eager customers have had their deposits in for six months or more – but Doran says Chevy wants to focus on "getting the car right" so that customers are satisfied in the end.

While the delay is no doubt frustrating for those who have been waiting months for their cars, we couldn't help but wonder aloud to Doran if the very abbreviated 2012 model year production may result in their increased collectability down the road. He paused and replied, "You're not the first person to suggest that."


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      Egon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can understand how delay of this magnitude would be frustrating. But if the car requires such a major fix that GM is sending them all back to the factory, I'm certain that I wouldn't want a flawed example in my garage.
      car-a-holic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might as well get it right
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they fix it as I can't wait for the GT500 to battle the ZL1 at its full strength.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mustsvt
        neither can I, but the guy whom spouted off now looks like more of a jacka$$
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Old GM would have pushed it out and hoped that no one would notice the problem. It's better to fix this now instead of tarnishing the car with massive recalls.
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must be a pretty big deal for a vehicle of this profile to be halted like this. Wonder if they'll get these out before Ford gets the GT500 out of the gate....
      XT6Wagon
      • 2 Years Ago
      From everything I've read on this so far, it sounds like A. If your order isn't already in, you won't get a 2012 ZL1 B. If your vin isn't allocated, you might not get a 2012 ZL1 C. If your car isn't already built, its possible you won't get a 2012 ZL1. With production shut down, and the date for change over to the 2013 MY fast approching, There is a hard limit on production that GM is facing. That said, it looks like a bit over 400 have been built before shutdown, and if the problem is fixed fast enough GM could crank out quite a pile by producing almost all ZL1 as the MY runs out.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quite mysterious.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        It supposedly has something to do with the carbon fiber insert in the hood coming loose.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anybody heard anything as to what the problem is? I can't find a shred about it, (other than a few comments from folks that ordered them being cranky about the delay.) It's not like all the parts aren't currently being used elsewhere in the GM lineup, (motor, brakes, shock package, etc,) I was thinking maybe they were trying to do a last minute power bump given the GT500 - maybe a "couple weeks" to do some testing with an upspec motor with full HP from a ZR1? 200mph Camaro anyone?
        XT6Wagon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        The LS9 is a much different motor from the LSA and the cost difference is huge. Couple that with needing months of testing once out of engineering to ensure that all the new cooling systems, upgraded transmission, stronger diff, etc all still work fine... Not even the 2013 MY will have any real power changes.
        Gearhead SS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        From what I hear, it's a problem with the carbon fiber hood insert.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Old GM would have sold it anyway and hoped that no one would notice the problem. It's better to fix it now than have massive recalls that can tarnish a brand name.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      More GM Garbage. I miss the old GM from the 90's.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Yeah, because they sure as h*ll didn't make garbage then compared to now.
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