Chevy Reveals New Camaro Convertible Ahead of Reveal In Frankfurt

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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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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Aug 22, 2013

    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.

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    • Featherston Featherston on Aug 23, 2013

      @SlowMyke 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."

  • Fordson Fordson on Aug 23, 2013

    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.

  • Acd Acd on Aug 23, 2013

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

    • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Aug 23, 2013

      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.

  • FJ60LandCruiser FJ60LandCruiser on Aug 24, 2013

    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.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Aug 30, 2013

      It looks like all that's changed was to make the bumper taller to cover up a bit more of the headlamp lens.