GM Reports 10k Camaro Pre-Orders
December 30th, 2008 12:46 PM Share
Automotive News [sub] reports that GM is claiming to have 10k pre-orders for its neo-pony car. Too bad they might not arrive on time. Still, that’s about 5k commitments per year of relentless hype. Not too shabby.
Published December 30th, 2008 12:46 PM
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Yup, it'll have a typical GM order cycle. The thing will go from being impossible to find to piling up everywhere like firewood in about six months. Of course, assuming GM still exists in six months.
It's called Hype. Apple would have you believe there were people camping out overnight (despite the bear attack risk) and that supplies would definitely run out even if you survived. My colleagues wanted a release day iPhone too, so they just went down to the store that afternoon and got one.....
Will the Mustang's new engine(s) be ready before the Camaro hits the showrooms? Both look to be decent products.
Well, my dad wants to put down a deposit if there is a chance it will see the light of day. Compared directly to a Challenger R/T it's a pretty good deal - for a few grand more, you get an SS with LSD, manual, Brembo brakes, and 420hp, versus the R/T with open diff, manual a 2K option, corporate bin brakes, and 375hp (and probably a lot more weight). I think he would do well to get either one of them, they are pretty good bargains - even if the Camaro is only a good deal in theory with the caveat of potentially never being made. One thing that makes little sense to me - the G8 GT is about 41K here in Canerduh. There are no incentives or financing deals, despite what the GM advertising would lead you to believe (we checked and got blown off by a surly sales guy). The SS is listed in the mid-to-high 30s if you put down your deposit now. So the flagship Chevy product is undercutting the flagship Pontiac product by a fair margin and giving even more bang for your dollars. That seems odd, and indicative of the mess GM has on its hands. Ok, so it's not a fair comparison, but it still makes me wonder what is going on at GM HQ.