GM’s pony car has not had an easily life. Within four years from now, by 2023, the Chevrolet Camaro will once more be discontinued.
Update: It would appear as though the Chevrolet Camaro’s demise was greatly exaggerated. The facts are, apparently, that the 7th generation Camaro will be delayed until 2023, not that the car will be discontinued.
There’s a silver lining in this story and it is that it will be around until 2023, if the rumours are true. Had it not been for one of modern movie history’s best product placement deals ever, the Chevrolet Camaro would probably have not made it this far into the decade. We, and GM, can thank Bumblebee.
While we know that sales are abysmal, and that no matter how many times GM updates the front end, few are interested in the car, the real reason for the plug being pulled is that the 6th generation Camaro is built on the Alpha platform. This is the same foundation used for the Cadillac CTS and ATS and, as we know, both are no longer produced. According to musclecarsandtrucks.com, a next generation Chevy Camaro will not share the new Caddy CT4 and CT5’s updated A2XX Alpha platform.
What does this mean for Camaro enthusiasts? We think GM will not want to turn the lights off on their fabled pony car and quietly walk away. We suspect they’ll want to please performance car lovers with a few special edition and hopefully re-introduce a Z/28 iteration.
It’s baffling to consider how popular the 5th generation Camaro was, launched just over 10 years ago, and in contrast, how snubbed the current car is. Meanwhile, the ancient Dodge Challenger continues to do well and the Ford Mustang is killing it. And to think, in the last decade, the Chevrolet Camaro has repeatedly been the better-handling and driving car of the three…
More than likely, this will be the end of the Chevrolet Camaro, and this time, unlike back in 2002, it’ll be for good. Should the name return, let’s hope it’s not on the side of an electric SUV.