General Motors is confused on what to do with the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro – rightfully so since the fifth-generation model was such a huge success for the company. The next-generation (6th) is due to be launched this fall in 2015.
According to the Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, there are many issues on the line. Weight reduction is one of the most significant issues.
“We always get hammered for mass, and that’s not going to be getting easier going forward” with the upcoming CAFE regulations, Oppenheiser said. “Displacement, number of cylinders, all of these things you need to think about.”
Of course, styling is another important factor.
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“This is a very successful car,” Oppenheiser said. “In some ways it is actually going to be tougher” to create the new sixth-generation car. “Do you make it look like a second-gen?” or “do you make it look like the first gen?”
GM held a strong 42 percent of the rear-wheel-drive performance coupe market in 2011, which has other competitors like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Chevrolet sold a total of 88,249 units of the Camaro in 2011, while Ford sold 70,438 Mustangs and Dodge sold 39,534 Challengers.
- By: Omar Rana