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Chevrolet puts the brakes on the Camaro ZL1's production and shipping

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Shortly after being named America’s favorite performance brand, Chevrolet is getting its celebratory balloons popped. A letter from General Motors has made its way to dealers stating that the production and shipment of the Camaro ZL1 has been stopped due to quality assessment. No other details have been provided, but it looks as though one of America’s favorite muscle cars will be joining the long list of models being delayed for unnecessary problems in production.

The only explanation Chevrolet has offered in their letter is the following: "We may have found a potential issue that we want to resolve." That’s it, except for that they add that the problem may take a few weeks to solve. That doesn’t necessarily sound like a minor issue to us.

Supporting the Chevrolet letter that has been sent out is a notice from a customer in Texas that says he was asked to bring his Camaro ZL1 back to the dealer so that it can be sent back to the plant.

Stay tuned as we will uncover more details of this Chevrolet setback!

Hit the jump to read the entire Chevrolet letter addressed to its dealers.

Ref. number:
Sales / New Vehicles / G_0000109294

Subject:
Update on 2012 Camaro ZL1 Shipments and DOSP

The purpose of this note is to provide you with an update on 2012 Camaro ZL1 production and vehicle shipment plans.

All Camaro ZL1 models produced to date are currently being held by General Motors for a quality assessment. At this moment, the duration of the hold is undetermined, and may last a few more weeks. As soon as the hold is cleared, a note will be sent to all dealers to advise that 2012 Camaro ZL1 shipments are underway.

Because of the hold, the upcoming Dealer Order Submission Process (DOSP) cycle that was to be dedicated to ZL1 is being postponed. This DOSP cycle was scheduled to start this Thursday, March 1, 2012, and continues through Tuesday, March 6, 2012. A new date for this DOSP cycle will be provided in the near future.

We regret to have to undertake these actions, especially given the high anticipation for the new Camaro ZL1. We ask for your patience and will continue to keep you posted on any developments regarding production and vehicle shipments from Oshawa.

Sincerely,

Russell M. Clark
Director – Chevrolet Small Cars, Small Utilities and
Performance Cars Marketing




5 comments:

It seems like there’s more than to a simple problem with its production.

This must be serious. Whatever it is, Chevrolet shouldn’t keep it from the public.

They made it famous that’s why there are a lot of demands in the market, but they didn’t make sure the quality of the car will last. I’m hoping that the problem won’t last for that long.

That’s a real burst in Chevrolet’s bubbles. The rejoicing was so short-lived. Did anyone sabotage them? The complications sound shady. I hope they fix this real soon.

Bingo! I was wondering when this "rush-to-market" Chevy was going to be haunted by QA problems. And we wonder why The Mustang Boss 302 is taking off. More importantly, we wonder why the Porsches, BMW’s, and Audi’s are taking off here, even at higher prices. And we wonder why American cars typically are not doing well in Europe.
Personally, I’d rather pay another $10K-$20K in purchase price to avoid this sort of incredible irritation! I mean, sending it back the the factory? What did they forget this time, the engine?

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