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Old 05-15-2006, 07:38 AM   #1
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100,000 Camaros a Year

Lutz says GM must reach sales goal if concept is built
AutoWeek | Published 05/15/06, 2:59 am et


Product chief Robert Lutz thinks General Motors can sell more than 100,000 units of the Chevrolet Camaro -- and says that's the number required for GM to build a production version of the concept unveiled at the Detroit auto show.

GM is doing "intense work" on engineering for a production version and analyzing the business case, Lutz, GM's vice chairman and global vice president of product development, said in an interview with Automotive News.

He added: "Is it an approved program? No."

In January, Lutz said he expected a decision on building the sporty coupe within six months. GM executives have strongly hinted they will build the Camaro.

Lutz says GM wouldn't consider building the car unless it could sell more than 100,000 a year. He says the Camaro, a car he describes as "a little bit off to the side" of mainstream segments, would draw new customers and promote GM's product quality.

The Camaro would be aimed at the Ford Mustang, which sold 160,975 units in the United States last year. In the peak years of muscle-car coupes, the Camaro sold 200,000-plus units.

The Camaro would be part of GM's coming lineup of midpriced to premium-priced cars on a new rear-drive architecture developed by Holden. North American production of those vehicles is expected in 2008 or 2009.
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:06 AM   #2
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Chevy can do it.. 100k units is nothing if they can price it competitive with the mustang. This thing blows the mustang away in looks and I'm sure the engine they drop in will be competitive too. Build it Lutz!
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:41 AM   #3
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That number seems reasonable to me, very reasonable. Thing about it, this car will be the only affordable muscle coupe from GM, so that alone will bring it big numbers in sales (even if it looked and drove like dogshit), on top of that the car is very beautiful, will have the LS2, and the new chasis, so thats the kill shot. I think this car will blow past 100,000 into mustang sales territories and if priced right, go even past the mustang
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:49 AM   #4
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Why is GM making comments like this after basicly assuring us the car was coming out weeks prior? WHy would they put doubt back into the equation, is this a political game or something? Not cool.
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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Why is GM making comments like this after basicly assuring us the car was coming out weeks prior? WHy would they put doubt back into the equation, is this a political game or something? Not cool.
Don't worry about it they can sell 100k of these! Lets just hope Lutz agrees with me But seriously its main competitor will be mustang only. Challenger will be a small production car like only 30,000 units or somewhere around there. I'm not happy with my mustang and will gladly jump ship when they make this.
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Old 05-16-2006, 10:48 AM   #6
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So it looks like if they build this car theres def gonna be a v6 version since they gotta have a lower base version to sell that many cars.
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Old 05-16-2006, 11:49 AM   #7
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So it looks like if they build this car theres def gonna be a v6 version since they gotta have a lower base version to sell that many cars.
ExactlY! with an affordable V6 theres no reason for this car not to sell like crazy, I think GM is blowing smoke up our asses about it "possibly" being produced, etc etc... its coming out for sure because it will sell in big big numbers in V6 trim, giving the breathing room for the company to sell us the hopped up SS versions as well for the gearheads
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:25 PM   #8
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:34 PM   #9
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Why in the world would you resurrect a post from over 2 years ago? Time, circumstances, and even money have changed... this is no longer relevant.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:39 PM   #10
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Why in the world would you resurrect a post from over 2 years ago? Time, circumstances, and even money have changed... this is no longer relevant.
That is even besides the point. his post didnt have anything to do with anything.... why does that annoy me?
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:43 PM   #11
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Why in the world would you resurrect a post from over 2 years ago? Time, circumstances, and even money have changed... this is no longer relevant.
I think the reasoning is clear: orange. It explains everything.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:04 AM   #13
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I think the reasoning is clear: GM NEEDS TO SELL that many, per year.
Response posted above.

GM is banking on this model. They need it to sell well.

We all agree it should, but there are many bean-counter types hoping it will.

It (The Camaro, in general 'LOL') will sell 100K+ units/Yr especially during the 2nd and 3rd years.

Right?? (meaning, WE need to help sell it to reach these goals).
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:22 AM   #14
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the heck was this????????????????????

I mean, I started reading this and was like..............."the Camaro is going into production? No." and I was like.....????? So, I looked at the date and asked myself why this was brought back up. Then, it was painfully clear. Because...........orange. Ahhhh, I said to myself. It was alllll clear now.
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the heck was this????????????????????

I mean, I started reading this and was like..............."the Camaro is going into production? No." and I was like.....????? So, I looked at the date and asked myself why this was brought back up. Then, it was painfully clear. Because...........orange. Ahhhh, I said to myself. It was alllll clear now.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:49 AM   #16
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Orange you glad it was resurrected?
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:05 PM   #18
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Some people need attention?
not really but but i found it interesting they are gonna think they can sell all the camaros
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