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Old 11-14-2008, 12:45 AM   #1
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Tough times delay the Camaro Convertible

http://www.motortrend.com/features/a...old/index.html

Tough times delay the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible…again

General Motors isn’t in the greatest of financial situations right now, which has forced the Detroit automaker to push back some of its new car introductions. Because GM has already delayed some very important vehicle launches – such as the new Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Cruze – it comes as no surprise that GM will also wait to launch some of its niche market vehicles.

According to Motor Trend, the economic slowdown has forced GM to delay the introduction of its Camaro Convertible. Earlier this year it was reported that the Camaro Convertible would be delayed by six months, but it looks as though that delay has been extended to at least 12 months, if not longer.

The drop-top version of the revived muscle car was originally slated to hit the market about a year after its fixed-roof counterpart – sometime in the first part of 2010 – but those plans have been put on hold indefinitely.

The Camaro Convertible program hasn’t been completely cancelled like Chrysler’s aborted Challenger Convertible, but the open air car is certainly on life support at this point. GM has vowed only to move forward with the Camaro Convertible after its financial situation has improved, which means we likely won’t see the Camaro Convertible until at least 2011.

Looks like Ford’s Mustang will still have part of the pony car segment on lock down after all
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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Well, if you loaned your brother $50K, and he promised to pay $42K back before you remodeled your home....would you wait until you actually got all or part of the $42K back, or would you go ahead and sign a contract with the construction crew to proceed with the remodeling?

I'd say you would wait for some return first, then commit to future projects.

Or is that too narrow of a focus? I forget sometimes.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:10 AM   #3
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I guess I will have more time to save up...? I hope
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:30 AM   #4
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Please change the title of this topic, it scared me at first. The Convertible delay is dissapointing but is not set to come out in March.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:46 AM   #5
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Actually the Convertible is set to come out months ahead of schedule.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:19 AM   #6
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Please change the title of this topic, it scared me at first.
I felt a twinge of fear when I saw the title of this thread also. LOL

Yes, change the title to include the word 'Convertible'. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that word in the article.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:52 AM   #7
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This will actually work out good for me. Now I can keep my new SS for a couple years and then get the convertible once it comes out in 2012. GM just got me to buy 2 new camaro's instead of one !
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:21 AM   #8
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You should add convertible to your title. Scared me good, you did.
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:40 AM   #9
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Scott????? is this true?

I thought the announcment said from the beginning that the convertible would be 6 months to a year after the coupe debuted....
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:54 AM   #10
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I felt a twinge of fear when I saw the title of this thread also. LOL

Yes, change the title to include the word 'Convertible'. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that word in the article.
Yes you are going to scare the hell out of alot of people--just like you did me. I damn near spilled my coffee all over myself! Please change this title!
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:49 AM   #11
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Sorry if this was posted, but VERT lovers read.....

http://www.motortrend.com/features/a...old/index.html
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:54 AM   #12
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It was posted, but not a problem a simple merge can't fix.

Welcome to Camaro5, and thanks for posting it up!!
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:59 AM   #13
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As I've stated previously yesterday, everyone should go outside and look at all of the cars on the road. How many of them are convertibles? That's right—not enough for GM to make it their number one priority. Would you rather have a 2010 Camaro convertible or a company, GM, that can make your convertible years from now? I think GM wants to stay alive more than it wants to make a convertible for a couple of months and go bankrupt.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:26 AM   #14
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I agree that it is a smart decision on GM's part to put the convertable on hold for now. I am hoping that the Camaro coupe will provide a much needed boost to GM next year. I hope to do my part by picking up my new 2SS/RS ASAP. It is on pre-order!
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:38 AM   #15
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First no blue SS now this! Looks like my dreams for a blue w/ black striped SS convertible are years away again! Just going to have to settle for the coupe now. Although, that's not a bad thing to settle with, am i right!
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:56 AM   #16
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welcome. to the site!!! This is pretty disappointing, but not surprising with the recent statements coming out of Detroit... :(
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:12 PM   #17
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I've been hearing that GM could file bankruptcy as soon as December, which is tragically thrre months too early, even for Camaro coupe... My fingers are crossed though, let's hope GM can pull through
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:38 PM   #18
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Even if they do file bankruptcy it doesn't mean the end of GM or the scheduled Camaro. It just gives them leeway to satisfy/reorganize their debt and restructure the company. It isn't the beginning of the end necessarily.
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #19
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Close call

As the postponement of the conv. shows, I don't think we realize how close we came to loseing the Camaro. It was the last GM product to be approved for final production, only because it would have cost more to scrap than to keep pressing forward and the enormous PR hit that it would have taken scrapping such a attintion grabbing car. We should all feel very lucky, and still hold our breath that there is a company to make it. I don't doubt that GM wills survive, but I have no idea how it will pull it off!
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Old 11-14-2008, 12:52 PM   #20
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There could be a silver lining to this cloud. Think about it....it the convertible will not be coming up in the next year or two to "freshen up" the line....maybe you will see a Z28 sooner.

Its a lot cheaper to retool for switching to an optional engine and a few suspension parts than it is to retool for all the different/top/interior/body components that would require crash test certification as well as big design and production costs.

Hmmmm.....
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:47 PM   #21
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As I've stated previously yesterday, everyone should go outside and look at all of the cars on the road. How many of them are convertibles? That's right—not enough for GM to make it their number one priority. Would you rather have a 2010 Camaro convertible or a company, GM, that can make your convertible years from now? I think GM wants to stay alive more than it wants to make a convertible for a couple of months and go bankrupt.
QFT!!!

In a small town of about 5,000 you can count the amount of convert's I see in a day on one hand.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:51 PM   #22
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:05 PM   #23
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Scott????? is this true?

I thought the announcment said from the beginning that the convertible would be 6 months to a year after the coupe debuted....

Go open any newspaper or listen to any news telecast...........

We MUST preserve a product lineup that includes many new products -- and you MUST invest the few dollars that you have on volume products that replenish the bank account.

The convertible is NOT cancelled, but it is most likely going to be delayed. Note I said "MOST LIKELY".......
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Old 11-14-2008, 04:04 PM   #24
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We MUST preserve a product lineup that includes many new products -- and you MUST invest the few dollars that you have on volume products that replenish the bank account.
I hope the head GM guys feel the same way, and act on this - soon! Hopefully GM will discontinue some of its SUV models, there are just too many, some that are nearly identical. For sake of example, say the Cruze would sell more than the Camaro vert. Then the Cruze should be put onto the market first, even if it means vert delays. Yeah I suppose it is easy for me, a coupe guy, to say that, but sometimes if you want your car you have to make sure the company that produces it will last that long. Again, just for example, if GM needs money to fund vert production, it could place the Cruze in front of it and use those profits to produce it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:05 PM   #25
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This will actually work out good for me. Now I can keep my new SS for a couple years and then get the convertible once it comes out in 2012. GM just got me to buy 2 new Camaro's instead of one !


I say the same. I got five years to pay back my 401K loan I got for this Camaro and if the convertible is delayed than it's a better chance for me to be able to get the convertible.

Guys and Gals, if you are really a Camaro fan, go out and get one now. Help GM stay in business and once GM is capable of offering the convertible both GM and the economy should be stable to get the convertible.
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