Next-Generation Chevrolet Camaro to be Built in U.S. Alongside Rear-Wheel-Drive Cadillacs
While the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro seems like it just came out yesterday (2010 model year for the sake of accuracy), it is perhaps because we lost all sense of time in when it was actually introduced after a gestation period that lasted from its introduction as a 2006 concept until its late 2009 showroom launch.
But as long as it took Chevrolet to get the Camaro into the hands of desiring enthusiasts, at least it’s not wasting any time with the encore. General Motors announced today that it would, in fact, be bringing out yet another Camaro. This time, however, it’s going to be built in the U.S.
The current Camaro was engineered in large part by GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden. Holden based the Camaro on its rear-wheel drive Commodore sedan–what we knew in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8. Holden also makes the Chevrolet Caprice police car on an extended version of the same architecture. That’s part of the reasons the current Camaro weighs nearly two tons: It’s based on a full-size sedan.
But the new car is expected to have more in common with GM’s newest rear-wheel drive architecture, currently used by the 2013 Cadillac ATS sports sedan. The ATS is widely heralded as among the best sports sedans on the market today, and it’s one of the lightest, weighing nearly 400 pounds less than the current Camaro. The larger 2014 Cadillac CTS sedan, which will be moving up in size to better compete with the BMW 5 Series, will also be based on the same architecture.
That means it’s highly flexible and likely to be able to accommodate the requisite V-8 engine needed for duty in a high-performance Camaro.
The Camaro will join those two rear-wheel-drive Cadillacs at GM’s Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan. Currently, the Camaro is produced in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, alongside the front-wheel-drive Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be joining them there shortly. Oshawa also makes the current Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Equinox crossover, which it says will continue to be made there until June 2014.
The Camaro has proven to be a huge success since coming back. It was discontinued in 2002 after waning support, replaced in 2004 by the Pontiac GTO, and brought back just a few years later. With a host of new performance options, the Camaro has, at times, stepped on the feet of the Chevrolet Corvette–especially the 550-horsepower Camaro ZL1. But seeing how there’s a new Corvette coming next month in Detroit, we imagine Chevrolet is going to work on a strategy to better differentiate its two performance icons.
Source: General Motors
By Jacob Brown