By on August 22, 2013

Chevrolet Camaro convertible (MY2014)

Chevrolet will be launching the 2014 Camaro coupe for the European market at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, which is probably the reason why Chevy is using the same show for the debut of the 2014 Camaro convertible, rather than introduce it in a few months at the Lost Angeles or Detroit shows.

 

Making a big splash about the Camaro in Europe is no doubt part of GM’s plan to grow the Chevrolet brand globally. Since releasing (either by leaks or officially) photos in advance of auto show debuts has become part of the publicity process, you don’t have to wait two weeks for the Frankfurt show to see what the new Camaro ragtop looks like, as Chevy has dropped a couple of photos and a press release. Interestingly, for a brand that is trying to be global, the press release makes a point of the Camaro’s heritage as an American muscle car, saying that it’s “as much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball.”

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34 Comments on “Chevy Reveals New Camaro Convertible Ahead of Reveal In Frankfurt...”


  • avatar
    gmichaelj

    Lost Angeles? Is this a crack or poor editing?

    “…Interestingly, for a brand that is trying to be global, the press release makes a point of the Camaro’s heritage as an American muscle car, saying that it’s “as much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball.”

    Sure, people want to buy a car with American styling: distinctive. Which is why Ford is dropping the ball if they go with the Fusion Coupe look for the Mustang.

    • 0 avatar

      Have you seen the latest spy shots of the Mustang? It looks like a… Mustang.

      • 0 avatar
        gmichaelj

        Yes, that’s my reference is to the spy shots from 2 days ago. It looks like an amped-up version of a late 90′s Mustang, that you’d see here on the ground. It does not look like an iconic (movie version) Mustang that foreigners would recognize as a Mustang, or as American. Ford brought that look off with the 05, and have pretty much continued it up till now. If it’s going to be a world car, then I think the Mustang brand is “classic” Mustang, not Fox-body Mustang, nor “bad-boy Ford.” Also, look at the front end of the Fusion. Compared to the recent spy photos, the similarities are amazing. In fact, my hope is that what we saw Tuesday was a fake-out: close up it looks like the fascia was popped out of a mold and not finished off.

        EDIT: And both the Camaro and Mustang must offer a V8 for the foreign market – it is expected, even if they are de-stroked, de-bored 4 liters, or whatever the European threshold rules are.

    • 0 avatar
      Michael500

      EXCELLENT comment about the new “French” Mustang- they want it to appeal to the Frogs and other Eurotrash. BIG MISTAKE putting Fusion/Taurus lights and grille shape on it, making it less of a Mustang. The Mustang grille is iconic in its own right, watering it down with a “corporate look” grille is incredibly stupid. I own a 2008, but I won’t buy another. I think the Fusion looks great, but I don’t like the Fusstang.

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        I own a 2008 Mustang base model 6cyl auto, convert. Nicely detailed, and with the top down, it looks great. My other car is a 2011 2SS Camaro, hardtop 426 hp with a six speed.

        Sometime in the future,one of them has to go. It won,t be the Mustang.

  • avatar
    redav

    ‘Interestingly, for a brand that is trying to be global, the press release makes a point of the Camaro’s heritage as an American muscle car, saying that it’s “as much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball.”‘

    Makes sense to me. When people think “muscle car,” they think Americana. Cars are sold in the US with “German engineering” and “Japanese quality.” This is no different.

  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    Pure POS.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Ever since that fershlugginer movie, GM insists that every rendering of any Camaro is in that gawd-awful yellow.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    That front end looks like a last gen impala, or better yet the last Monte Carlo.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Still looks like a light armor vehicle for paroling a post apocalyptic wasteland.

    • 0 avatar
      Waterview

      +1 You hit the nail squarely on the head.

      I’ve always thought the current Camaro should have carried the tagline “designed by Mitsubishi” . . . . I was really hoping the convertible would be my date night car with the wife, but with gun-port window slits and Dan’s “post apocalytic” styling, I’m left waiting for a Corvette convertible at the right price.

      Kudos to those who are buying them and supporting America, however.

  • avatar
    ovrtme76

    Those mirrors are huge and terrible looking. Euro regulations?

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    The European launch is news. They’ve already got a convertible. In fact, I’ve seen two of the limited edition Neiman Marcus cars on a Chevy lot in Union, NJ.

  • avatar
    another_pleb

    Too many localisation changes and it will end up as American as apple-tart and rounders.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Wow, it looks just like a Camaro coupe, only it’s a convertible. It’s interesting how convertibles look a lot like the coupes they’re based on, unless it’s a four door, then it looks like an old Lincoln

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Why all the Camaroo hate? I guess you either get this type of car or you don’t. I, for one, like it a lot. It’s biggest negative though will be even bigger in Europe: It’s too damn big, ever for America. I have spent a lot of time driving an SS convertible. The negatives are size/weight, interior design, some of the interior materials, and too much cowl shake. Sounds like a lot, but the good side is impressive: A faultless drivetrain with a manual option for both engines, classic American style, great performance, decent mileage, very good build quality, and an excellent quality folding top. Anybody who dismisses this car as a complete POS is simply blinded by their own biases.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      +1 There are things that are iconic-ally American. Levis, Nike’s, Fender Guitars. Full size American trucks; quiet! the market has spoken, rare is Japanese full-size at a job-site. Lastly, American muscle cars. Would I drive this through Paris, on the Autobahn, or through Edinburgh? With a big ole, orotdonically correct, American smile. Does this make sense in Europe? Not a bit, except for the bad boy market.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      My Camaro is for the most part a “Garage Queen’ If its a nice day and I got nothing to do. I will strap my wife in,and we will take it on a 30-40 mile cruise ,on the black top secondary roads. We may stop at a nice place for lunch.

      When I drive It I get this shit eating grin on my face. Oh yeah the Camaro is going on the sale block.

      But not for a while yet.

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      I don’t think it’s a matter of hate for the camaro, I think it’s a matter of dislike for the styling refresh. They a fairly good looking car and made changes that don’t just seem like of choices but also just seem like bad design. I’m sure the rest of the car is an upgrade, but on the outside I think they got it wrong. It seems to be the general opinion.

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        Here’s a question: In automotive history, what refreshes have been good? IMO, refreshes are almost always bad, serving only to compromise the original design. (I’m speaking only of external styling here, not interior or mechanical improvements.) One of the few cars that springs to my mind is the 2nd-gen Firebird. Putting aside discussion of the screaming chicken graphics,* I prefer the Bandit-era front clip over that of the ’70 model, and I mildly prefer the larger back window. But I’m guessing plenty of people would disagree with me. And I think the 2nd-gen Camaro got worse looking during its production run.

        What else? The public seems to prefer the ’57 Bel Air over the ’55 and ’56. I think they’re wrong on that point, but that’s just my taste. The Triumph 2000, I guess. Improvements definitely are the exception, though.

        - – - -
        *Apologies, that’s like saying, “Putting aside the issue of genocide, let’s talk about the Third Reich.”

  • avatar
    Fordson

    Unless I’m mistaken, there is no great weight loss in this redesign, and that means that now, model for model, instead of being 250 lbs. lighter like it is now, the 2015 Mustang will be like 600 lbs. lighter.

    That spells big trouble for Chevy. I don’t think there are too many prospective muscle car owners who would beef about a 3,300-lb. Mustang GT.

  • avatar
    Acd

    What is new about this? It looks like the same car that can be found at your favorite rental car counter.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      I have approximately one on the road since they introduced. But that’s not surprising in the snow belt – they’re not big sellers here. I live in an automotive wasteland of FWD slushbox sedans, and CUVs.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Bad choice of color, bad choice of wheels, uninspiring aero kit, convertibles look better topless…

    The Camaro, like the Mustang, is a car that can look rental ordinary or grade A badass depending on what kind of body kit and wheels it comes on (suspension lowering helps, too).

    What we have here is a pedestrian Hertz rental Camaro (K-mart underwear model) instead of showing us a more sexy (Kate Upton) Camaro. And yes, I think the Camaro is a bit hefty, like Kate.


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