Chevy Plans to Shelve the Camaro In The Next Couple of Years

At this point, you’ve probably heard the rumors that – despite the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger’s success – the Chevy Camaro is on the verge of being discontinued. We reported on this as early back as June 2019 when it was said that Chevy just couldn’t justify the Camaro’s existence. If anything we assumed that the name would live on, especially have GM broke the internet (in a bad way) by teasing a jacked-up electric car that looked painfully like the current-gen Camaro. Now a new report, one that quotes “multiple sources within GM,” says that the Camaro is on the verge of death, so what now?

2023 Could Be the Last Year for the Chevrolet Camaro

(Almost) Official: The Chevy Camaro Is Living On Borrowed Time Exterior
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Much like the rumor back in mid-2019 that said the Camaro was living on borrowed time, this latest report comes from Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Quoting “multiple sources within GM,” the outlet says that the company has put an end to the seventh-gen Camaro development program and is looking to shelve the nameplate altogether after 2023.

This means that you can expect the current-gen model, which has been on the market since 2016 to run until the 2023 model year. This could be the end for the Camaro altogether, but remember that there was an eight-year gap between the fourth- and fifth-gen models from 2002-2010.

Why Is Chevy Cancelling the Camaro?

(Almost) Official: The Chevy Camaro Is Living On Borrowed Time Exterior
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You probably didn’t know it, but the current Camaro is riding atop the same Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS – both of which will be canceled to make way for the CT4 and CT5. Those two cars will ride on an updated version of the Alpha platform known as A2XX, but GM doesn’t plan to transition the Camaro to that platform and has shut down any plans to keep the Camaro alive beyond 2023. And, while this may be true, the decision comes from a major lack of sales.

When Chevy revived the Camaro for the 2010 model year, sales were consistently beyond 80,000 examples per year. The current-gen Camaro, however, doesn’t come close, garnering sales of just 67,940 examples in 2017 and less than 51,000 in 2018. The fifth-gen Camaro helped GM pull out of chapter 11 bankruptcy, but these days the current model can’t keep up with the Mustang or Challenger.

Final Thoughts

(Almost) Official: The Chevy Camaro Is Living On Borrowed Time
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At the end of the day, it doesn’t surprise me that the Camaro is living on borrowed time. Sales have been crap for GM, and there are more than a few flaws about the current model that people have critiqued to death. When the refreshed model launched in 2019, enthusiasts literally went hostile across social media. So what happens to the Camaro name after 2023? Well, my guess is that it’s going to be shelved for a while and, eventually, GM is going to slaughter the name, just like it did with the Chevy Blazer, which is now coming under even more criticism after Ford’s 1-2 knockout blow that is the revived Bronco. I used to be a big fan of GM products, but these days, none of its brands deliver too much for me to get excited about. I was stoked to see the new Suburban, however, most other products are typical GM nonsense, and I’m convinced the company, under its current leadership, has no idea what it’s doing most of the time.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro drivetrain specifications
Engine 2.0L I-4 DOHC VVT DI Turbocharged 3.6L V-6 DOHC VVT DI (includes cylinder deactivation with automatic transmission)
Bore & stroke (in. / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.6
Block material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Valvetrain: Dual-overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing Dual-overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: High-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control Direct, high-pressure fuel injection
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 275 / 205 @ 5600 (SAE certified) 335 / 250 @ 6800 (SAE certified)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 295 / 400 @ 3000-4500 (SAE certified) 284 / 383 @ 5300 (SAE certified)

Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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