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Official? Detriot Free Press says Camaro a go for 2008

Source: http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...D=2006608060568:cool:

FREE PRESS EXCLUSIVE: Camaro to roar back by 2008

GM to announce Chevy going from concept to streets
August 6, 2006

BY TOM WALSH and MARK PHELAN
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITERS
http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi....SS01&ArtNo=608060568&Ref=AR&MaxW=233&Border=1
It's really happening: The Chevy Camaro is coming back as a production car, the Free Press has learned.

General Motors Corp. Chairman Rick Wagoner is expected to announce the resurrection of the legendary muscle car in a speech Thursday to an automotive conference in Traverse City.

The auto industry has been buzzing with speculation about GM's plans for the Camaro ever since the carmaker wowed the crowds at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January with a stunning 400-horsepower concept. At a time when truck and SUV sales are softening and car sales are regaining momentum, a sexy new entry could give GM's entire passenger-car line a boost.

The production version could be built as early as 2008 and will offer three engines, a V-6 and two V-8s, according to people familiar with the plans.

GM spokesman Steve Harris would not comment Friday on plans for the Camaro, but other sources told the Free Press that GM's top management and board of directors have green-lighted the car.

The Camaro was introduced in 1966 as the answer to the Ford Mustang, and it prowled America's streets and drag strips until production ended in 2002.

Like the concept, the production Camaro will be based on GM's new Zeta global architecture for rear-wheel-drive cars, expected to form the basis for several big, powerful sedans and coupes to be introduced over the next few years.

It was unclear last week where GM intends to build the Camaro. Speculation in the automotive press has centered on assembly plants in Oshawa, Ontario, and Wilmington, Del.

Other unanswered questions are sure to keep the buzz going even after Wagoner's announcement:
How many people will buy a Camaro in the age of $3.15-per-gallon gasoline?
What will it cost?

And what about bringing back the Pontiac Firebird/TransAm?
Contact TOM WALSH at 313-223-4430 or [email protected].
 

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Good to hear some comments on it coming out for real...as if we didnt already know that...now lets HOPE they are a fall 2008 release at the LATEST! If not, they are going to struggle...

Also hope when they do announce they provide more info on the 2 V-8s mentioned as possible.....who knows.....
 

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That is good news! I think we knew it was going to happen after all of the positve feedback they have been receiving. Now it will be official! I wouldn't worry about $3.15 gas. Alot of 400-500hp LS1/LS2s can now show mileage in the mid to high 20s when driven nicely.
 

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tbyrne said:
That is good news! I think we knew it was going to happen after all of the positve feedback they have been receiving. Now it will be official! I wouldn't worry about $3.15 gas. Alot of 400-500hp LS1/LS2s can now show mileage in the mid to high 20s when driven nicely.
Who drives nicely??? I need to start saving quick....

Bill
 

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Chris 96 WS6 said:
I hope you don't mind I edited your post to add more detail, as this will be our lead story on the homepage for a few days I'm sure.
no problem:cool:
 

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I think the concept is a bit to raw in it's current form. I can't remember a concept that went from concept to showroom unchanged. It needs a lot of sheetmetal smoothing to reduce the part costs. The headlights and grill will change ( I hope), the lower valence will be adjusted to allow for the ugly and necessary license plate. The taillights may become single composite units to lower cost and the interior is going to require a ton of refinement. I'm sure it'll retain the overall appearance and proportions of the concept but in a more mainstream way.

As long as they work out all the chassis bugs and squeaks, and keep the fit and finish on a high level they'll have a winner. My biggest concern is offering that at a low enough price for new/young buyers to buy.
 

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WOW what a difference on the mustang but i hope GM stick to there Guns and keep it very similar i dunno that concept mustang is very hot too bad about production version LOL still nice car :)
 
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