Death of the Camaro! Chevy announces plans to stop production of sporty model
The Chevrolet Camaro, the dream car of many American teenagers for decades, is going out of production.
General Motors, which sells the beefy muscle car, said Wednesday it would stop making the current generation early next year.
The future of the car which is played on NASCAR and other circuits, is a bit cloudy. GM says a new generation may be in the works.
“While we’re not announcing a direct successor today, rest assured this isn’t the end of Camaro’s story,” Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell said in a statement.
The current sixth-generation Camaro, introduced in 2016, has done well on the track, but sales have been declining in recent years. When the current generation Camaro came out in 2016, Chevrolet sold 72,705. But by the end of 2021, that number had fallen by nearly 70% to 21,893. Last year it recovered a bit to 24,652.
The Chevrolet Camaro 2016 edition pictured, the dream car of many American teenagers for decades, is going out of production
GM said the last of the 2024 model year cars will come off the assembly line in Lansing, Michigan, in January.
Spokesman Trevor Thompkins said he could say no more about a future Camaro. “We’re not saying anything specific right now,” he said.
If GM revives the Camaro, it will almost certainly be electric, says Stephanie Brinley, associate director at S&P Global Mobility. “Another combustion engine vehicle is unlikely to appear,” she said.
GM has said it plans to sell only electric passenger cars worldwide by 2035.
Brinley said the push to sell more electric vehicles makes it likely that all new muscle cars will be battery powered. But if a mixed-combustion, battery-powered fleet is still available in 2030 or 2040, some gas-powered muscle cars could survive.
Thompkins said GM has an understanding with auto racing sanctioning authorities that the sixth-generation car can continue to race. GM will have parts available and the Camaro’s bodywork will remain on the track, he said.
NASCAR said that because the Generation 6 Camaro was in production when GM was originally cleared to race, it remains qualified to race in NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
GM will offer a collector’s edition package of the 2024 Camaro RS and SS in North America, and a limited number of high-performance ZL-1 Camaros. The collector’s edition cars will have ties to the first-generation Camaro from the 1960s and its GM code name “Panther,” the company said without giving details.
GM’s move comes as traditional gas-powered muscle cars are being phased out due to strict government regulations on fuel economy, concerns about climate change and an accelerating shift to electric vehicles.
The classic 1967 Chevy Camaro is the original model that spawned the popularity of the muscle car in America
Justin Allgaier tests out his Camaro during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Pocono Raceway July 23, 2022
A more recent Camaro is shown at the 2016 New York International Auto Show
“While we’re not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured this isn’t the end of Camaro’s story,” Chevrolet vice president Scott Bell (pictured) said in a statement.
Stellantis will stop making gas versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger and the Chrysler 300 large sedan at the end of this year. But the company has plans to roll out a battery-powered Charger performance car sometime in 2024.
Electric cars, with direct torque and a low center of gravity, are often faster and better to drive than combustion engine vehicles.
Stellantis, formed in 2021 by combining Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot, announced earlier this week the last of his special edition muscle cars, the 1,025 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. The company says the car can go from zero to 60 mph (97 kilometers per hour) in 1.66 seconds, making it the fastest production car on the market.
In addition, Ford rolled out a new version of its Mustang sports car in September.
The Camaro was first introduced in 1966, two years after Ford’s wildly popular Mustang.
GM retired the Camaro nameplate in 2002, but revived it as a new 2010 model in hopes of appealing to enthusiasts and younger buyers. The 2010 version was similar to its predecessors, with a long, flat front and side ‘gills’ reminiscent of the original, while still featuring a modern overall design.