At the auto industry’s annual Management Briefing Seminars this week, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner announced Thursday, “As evidence that we’re not completely brain-dead, GM will build the Chevy Camaro.” A fully brain-functional Wagoner posed with a red version of the concept car for the obligatory photo-op (left).
Production of the Camaro will begin in late 2008, and the much-anticipated car will hit showrooms in early 2009, presumably after a massive debut at the ‘09 Detroit Auto Show.
Not much new, but here are the highlights:
- RWD with independent rear suspension
- V6 and V8 versions, manual and automatic transmissions
- styling will closely resemble the concept car
- asked about a droptop Camaro, Wagoner would only say, “It will come in many shapes and sizes.”
- no comment on a possible Pontiac Firebird version
The new Camaro, coincidentally, should hit dealerships about the same time as the Ford Mustang, which is slated for another overhaul in 2009. Will the Camaro compete this time around, or will it yet again go the way of the dinosoars? Chevy will have to price this car competitively, at least keep the V6 version on par with the V6 Mustang to have a chance.
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