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post #1 of 9 Old 01-30-2006, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Unofficial: Camaro is a go for 2009

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SOURCES: Chevy Camaro Will Go Into Production By 2009 After Hugely Successful Concept Debut

Date posted: 01-09-2006
DETROIT ? The Camaro is back?if only in concept form. But it may be in your driveway by 2009.

General Motors scored a major hit with the world's automotive press on Monday, unveiling a stunning reborn version of the classic Chevy Camaro nameplate, but this time with 400 horsepower, 30 miles per gallon on the highway and ? most famously ? a totally new look.

Camaro loyalists should be even more pleased to hear, according to unofficial word from GM suppliers, that the company plans to revive production of the Camaro in early 2009. GM reportedly plans to build a version of the car on the so-called Zeta Lite platform, which itself is an evolution of the rear-drive Pontiac GTO chassis and should easily accommodate the small-block V8.

GM says the Camaro concept pays homage to the original 1967 Camaro with nods to aircraft like the YF-22 to make it "instantly recognizable as an all-new car."

Officials said the design features a long hood, short deck and wide stance to present a performance appearance, backed up by a 400-hp aluminum small-block V8. Surprisingly, this beast will also offer great mileage as GM's "Active Fuel Management" technology allows drivers to operate with only four of the eight cylinders during highway cruising. This technology is currently featured on GM's Chevy Impala sedan and several 2006 sport-utilities and trucks.

The unveiling was a story in itself as a local marching band led the way for a parade of classic Camaros that snaked through a massive crowd of journalists who lined up early for a good seat.

What this means to you: If you like pony cars, likely a whole lot. The muscle car is back.
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That's what I like to hear.
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Nice.

Of course we'll be happier once there is "official" word.

Methinks announcement time will be in June.

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yes it might be in the summer..the one thing GM needs to keep this car in the publics mind is alot of diffrent advertising..and alot of speed to get it here sooner than later..
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advertising or lackthereof hurt the 4th gens



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advertising or lackthereof hurt the 4th gens
Yeah but they pulled all ads in 1998 on purpose because they decided in 1997 to kill the car by 2002. Actually I think 1999 was supposed to be the last year but enthusiast outcry plus the legendary Fbodfather Scott Settlemire and other Camaro allies internally at GM got the car drawn out to 2002.
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I think Zarella originally pulled the plug in 1996 and it was to be gone by 1998.
The 1997 interior update, the 1998 design update, and LS1 power were never supposed to happen by his plan.

FWIW, Zarella also wanted to pull the plug on Corvette.

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yea..and imagine the wait for this car if the plug was pulled back then..I think the Camaro would be the same as Firebird right now if those extra years were not thrown together.

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