IT’S OFFICIAL: GM TO BUILD NEW CAMARO (pics included)
After much speculation from anxious fans and careful consideration on GM’s side, the go-ahead has finally been given for production of the popular Chevrolet Camaro concept, first introduced earlier this year.
“The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the Camaro Concept continues to remind me of the uniquely iconic place our products can have in customers’ hearts,” Wagoner said. “Camaro is much more than a car; it symbolizes America’s spirit and its love affair with the automobile.”
Production will begin at the end of 2008 and they are expected to hit the dealer lots in the first quarter of 2009. No word on what model year they will be launched as, but timing of the release, and even the start of production, would suggest an introduction in 2009 and ’09 model-year cars.
Expect the production version to be remain mostly unchanged during its transformation between concept stage and final product. “The new Camaro will be almost identical to the concept, a thoroughly modern interpretation of the 1969 model, considered by many to be the best design of the car’s first generation,” said Ed Welburn, GM’s global vice president of design, who owns a 1969 Camaro SS. The 2009 Camaro will be a rear-wheel drive sport coupe, will feature an independent rear suspension, and will be offered in a variety of models with the choice of both manual and automatic transmissions and V-6 and V-8 engines: news that is sure to please the enthusiasts and die-hard Camaro fans.
Fans of the classic Chevy pony car have nothing to worry about, they have kept you in mind while modernising the American icon that is/was Camaro: they’ve tried to keep the spirit of the latest version as close to the original as possible. “We intend to make the all-new Camaro relevant to younger buyers while retaining its appeal to current fans,” said Peper. “The beauty of the best Camaros is that they have always been beautiful to look at with performance that rivals expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new-car buyers.”
With this and the latest wave of product from Chevrolet and other GM brands, it would appear the American Revolution is well under way!