Camaro, Challenger Convertibles Canceled

camaro challenger convertibles canceled

Motor Trend reports that the hot new convertible versions of the hot new Camaro and Challenger have been canceled, falling victim to GM and Chrysler’s new emergency-mode priorities. It seems the Challenger was not designed with a ragtop version in mind, and re-engineering the LX platform would simply cost more money than Cerberus wants to fork over. Meanwhile, GM is being characteristically disingenuous, claiming that the Camaro convertible is simply “on hold.” At this point, it’s safe to consider the whole Camaro project in limbo, as the hardtop doesn’t debut until the first quarter of next year. As fast as things are happening right now, don’t be surprised if GM goes down before a single Camaro hits the showroom floor. Or, if wishful thinking is your cup of Knob Creek, heed the words of MT who reckon “If GM’s situation improves, Chevrolet could return the Camaro convertible to its product plans for the 2011 model year, just in time to add a fresh new version of the car.” Or, as we are fond of saying around here, not. Meanwhile Ford dealers are cheering this news, after enduring a tough year of declining Mustang sales. As the old industry saying goes, a muscle car at the dealership is worth two being endlessly teased around the autoblogosphere.

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  • Mikey Mikey on Mar 18, 2009

    Yesterday Camaros went into production right? Wrong!System fill started in early Feb.To avoid mistakes the ramp up has been very slow.I saw a pilot rag top,it was actually topless,but the dies have been made,I think. I left the plant in Dec,never to return.But talking to folks in stamping,Camaro body side runs are 1000 at a time.Thats a lot of Camaros!

  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Mar 18, 2009
    Muscle cars are dinosaurs from a previous automotive age. The decision for build these antiques shows the incompetence of 2.8 management... Couldn't agree LESS. These cars were not meant to be the saviors of the company. They are just part of what should be a well rounded portfolio of vehicles. The problem is that much of the rest of the portfolio is lacking. If the convertible is near ready, do it. The Z28 is done; you're not going to get anything out of the R&D if you don't build anything.

  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
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