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Old 05-26-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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Future Camaro to receive upgraded interior as GM determined to improve interiors?

As we reported recently, a GM insider confirmed for us that the company is hard at work now on a substantially reworked interior for the Camaro that will appear for the 2012 model year. Could that model year's interior or the interior in subsequent model year Camaros mean an overall upgraded quality interior (and not just design changes)?

If this interview by Insideline with GM's Karl Stracke, vice president of global engineering, is any indication, future Camaros certainly could potentially receive upgraded quality interiors.

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Inside Line met with GM's Karl Stracke, who took over as the vice president of global engineering when Mark Reuss left to preside over GM North America. During the discussion, Stracke admitted that although General Motors has made progress on the interior quality front, it hasn't come far enough.

"We're not yet at Audi quality," he said. "I want to be at Audi quality. Audi is the benchmark for interiors."

Stracke continued, "I've driven the Corvette Grand Sport and I like it a lot, but the interior is not convincing."

Stracke, an engineer by training, has 30 years of experience at GM -- all on the European side. He's responsible for the design of a great many Opels, and he oversaw the engineering of the last-gen Saab 9-3.

He told us that under the new GM regime, he and his engineering team are able to put greater priority on checking out competitors' cars. Specifically, he and other top engineering executives reserve every Friday for driving cars on the proving grounds. Encouraging news to say the least.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:43 PM   #2
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So, then, they agree somewhat with the critisisms of the quality of material and/or design of the current Camaro interior?
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Finally, an American automobile manufacturer is realizing that the interiors matter!
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:00 PM   #4
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To me, I think thia is a good direction change.

Too many in our enthusiast community, tended to laugh off the criticism. We need to understand, that Chevy wants this to be a world class vehicle.

Definitely a step in the right direction.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:25 PM   #5
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I agree.

Wonder if there's a passenger seat 'UPgrade'
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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I agree.

Wonder if there's a passenger seat 'UPgrade'
yeah....get a taller passenger....
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:08 PM   #7
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I think the interior on the 5th gen is a big upgrade from the 3rd and 4th gen f-bodies I owned. The 3 gen had vinyl and cardboard interiors that squeeked and rattled on every bump in the road,and after a few years looked faded and worn..
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:18 PM   #8
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I drive a 2009 Chevy Silverado for work with the famous plastic dash, I feel right at home in the Camaro...maybe a fuzzy dash mat someday? but I am a dreamer.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:29 PM   #9
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We welcome new interiors and materials. Makes for more aftermarket parts...
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:03 PM   #10
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:33 PM   #11
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I am guessing the vette will have it first .
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:38 PM   #12
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I am guessing the vette will have it first .
yea i kinda wish GM would fix the vette's interior so all the car mags will quit whining about how bad it is. thats the ONLY bad thing they say about the vette. and i dont think the Camaro needs a new interior, but then again, ive never been in one
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:39 PM   #13
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i dont think that the interior will be completely changed until the 2014 model. but i think that they 2012 will receive minor touches.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:51 PM   #14
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Just hope they don't overdo it. I like the way the interior looks now. I'm all for better materials, but let's keep that cost down here GM
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I just hope they don't overdo it, I like the way the interior looks now. I'm all for better quality materials, but let's keep the cost down here GM
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I swear if they have material wrapped door panels, and a soft dash pad I will be PISSED... That's my one HUGE gripe about the Camaro, cheap plastic interior!

But if it's all plastic again, and cheap, I'll be ok with that

It would be nice if this new 2012 interior would be easy to swap into a 2010 if its good stuff
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:24 PM   #17
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I hope they do a complete change over for the 2012 interior.The interior is what stopped me from buying so far.Speedo/Tach,center stack and steering wheel is what needs a new look.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:26 PM   #18
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I think the interior on the 5th gen is a big upgrade from the 3rd and 4th gen f-bodies I owned. The 3 gen had vinyl and cardboard interiors that squeeked and rattled on every bump in the road,and after a few years looked faded and worn..
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:50 PM   #19
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As long as it gets better, it's moving in the right direction. No matter what, someone's gonna have a problem with it!! You can't please eveyone!!
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OMG, All the HEAT I took from all the kool-aid drinkers when I said the outside of the car was a home run and the inside should have had at least soft touch on the dash.
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:20 AM   #21
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I like the interior. The steering wheel is probly the worst thing.
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:24 AM   #22
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so now i have to decide if i want to wait another year to buy mine...bah
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I swear if they have material wrapped door panels, and a soft dash pad I will be PISSED... That's my one HUGE gripe about the Camaro, cheap plastic interior!

But if it's all plastic again, and cheap, I'll be ok with that

It would be nice if this new 2012 interior would be easy to swap into a 2010 if its good stuff
Rest assured you will be pissed. Thats exactly what will change. At least the dash part and probably the center console. I don't expect a major style change so much as a materials change and an adjustment in looks to show a change also the wheel will be changed. The side panels will probably stay. It's really stupid to be honest. I see nothing wrong with the current quality. The fit and finish is great. People are just bitching about plastics being hard. Wooooo. Hard plastic. Come on. How often does anyone grope their dash anyway.
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:21 AM   #24
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Sounds good to me! Another box to check off when I order my Z/28.

Will be sad to trade in 'old' #9471 though :(
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I like the interior now, wish it had a in dash GPS with voice recognition/touch screen, the onstar is great but don't want to pay for the service forever. But a power passenger seat would be nice, it's already heated, what were they thinking, a manual seat. The ambient lighting should stretch across the dash and not stop at just the doors, and a little bit brighter.
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