Camaro, Challenger Convertibles Canceled

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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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.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.
  • Inside Looking Out Chinese will take over EV market and Tesla will become the richest and largest car company in the world. Forget about Japanese.