CHICAGO βCorp.βs long-awaited, next-generation Camaro will make its initial bow in the U.S. as a β10 model, Chevrolet says.
The car first appeared in concept form at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to much applause and reappeared at the 2007 show in convertible form.
There had been talk the sport coupe might go on sale either later this year or next January as a β09 model.
But Chevrolet officials now say the Camaro will arrive in dealer showrooms in spring 2009 as a β10. The coupe will be first, with the convertible coming later in the year, also as a β10 model.
The auto maker ruled out an earlier arrival in calendar 2009, because it would have meant a short model run before changeover to β10 production. Instead, the Camaro will have a longer initial β10 model run.
Chevrolet expects to start taking dealer orders later this year but hasnβt set a date. The Camaro concept coupe and convertible both were powered by a V-8, but the production models are expected to offer V-6s, as well, to keep the price down.
GM tells Wardβs production of the car at the auto makerβs Oshawa, ON, Canada, plant is set to begin February 2009.
Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman-global product development, who spearheaded the return of the Camaro after GM dropped the car following the β02 model year, has said he believes Chevrolet will sell 100,000 units annually.