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Old 01-30-2007, 10:16 AM   #1
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Early release plausible when you read this...

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GM Fills In Info on Zeta Cars (Camaro, G8, Impala, etc.)

Canadian Auto Press(Canadian Auto Press) - 1/19/2007

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Earlier this week, General Motors' main product man, Bob Lutz, announced
Australia's Holden Commodore will make its way here as the Pontiac G8. (Photo: Holden)
some important details regarding the replacement of GM's lineup of larger than midsize sedans, the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Chevrolet Impala. Lutz confirmed that the Pontiac's successor would be called the G8, following in suit with the G-number naming scheme, and that the car would have "distinctive Pontiac styling". The G8 will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle, launching the Zeta platform in North America. However, Pontiac will initially be following a proven formula used with its recent GTO, with production first beginning in Australia alongside its brother, the Holden Commodore, with which it shares its underpinnings.

It is expected that after the first year of production, General Motors will switch over the G8’s production location to the Oshawa, Ontario assembly facility where the Camaro will be built. It’s assumed that the new Impala will only join the fray once the G8 makes its move. It's going to be an interesting switchover, as different sources are claiming different scenarios for the G8. The Detroit Free Press reports that the first phase of G8s would merely feature a different
Now picture the Commodore above with a nose similar to this... (Photo: Pontiac)

grille, similar to what happened with the GTO. After it gets moved to Canada, a new Solstice-like nose will be incorporated. Automotive News, on the other hand, reports that the car will have unique styling from day one. Whatever the course of action may be, we’ll see the results shortly as the car is expected to launch at Chicago in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, General Motors has put in a lot of extra effort in nailing the coffin shut on its previous nickel and dime attitude. According to its Australian sources, Motor Trend reported that the production version of the Camaro will feature a front axle that's been moved forward by 50 mm (1.97 in) compared to the forthcoming Zeta-based sedans, an expensive change that has important consequences. This change would give the Camaro the ability wear 20-inch and larger alloy wheels without compromising its ability to turn at full lock. According to Motor Trend's sources, the car could
Camaro gets vital changes to accommodate ritzy wheels. (Photo: Chevrolet)
have wheels as large as 24-inches in diameter before running into trouble. Will GM go so far as to fit 24s? No, but 20s on the Z28 model would certainly be fitting.

The sources also were able to confirm a couple of other important details that Camaro fans will most certainly enjoy. The base V6 model is said to have an MSRP starting at around $21,000 US dollars, and would have GM's 3.9-litre V6 engine with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes. Also, regarding the Camaro's styling, the magazine reports that the body will remain close to the concept in terms of its design and dimensions. The only changes reported are an increase in roof height by 15.9 mm (5/8ths of an inch), while the body has been slimmed down by 8.5 mm (1/3rd of an inch).





Notice how they say production for the G8 will initially start in Australia before moving over to Oshawa? If they can do it with the G8, why not the Camaro? They're both Zeta chassis cars. Based on the G8 strategy, it could happen.
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Notice how they say production for the G8 will initially start in Australia before moving over to Oshawa? If they can do it with the G8, why not the Camaro? They're both Zeta chassis cars. Based on the G8 strategy, it could happen.
Anything is possible. It really comes down to how badly GM wants to get this car out sooner than later. It is also worth noteing that the Camaros are reportedly being tested "down under" as well, which beggs the question, why would they test them down there and produce them up here? GM is doing one heck of a job keeping this whole project under wraps. I can see how it is possible that they would begin production in australia; however, I just don't think it is going to happen. Here is to you GM.... Prove me wrong!
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Anything is possible. It really comes down to how badly GM wants to get this car out sooner than later. It is also worth noteing that the Camaros are reportedly being tested "down under" as well, which beggs the question, why would they test them down there and produce them up here? GM is doing one heck of a job keeping this whole project under wraps. I can see how it is possible that they would begin production in australia; however, I just don't think it is going to happen. Here is to you GM.... Prove me wrong!
Its not uncommon for car companies to chose unusual locations to test there cars. I saw a program on Speed once on the BMW 645ci coupe and they tested that thing almost exclusively in South Africa. But GM has plenty of resources at their disposal to do what they want. That's obvious with the 2008 G8, based on the same chassis as our beloved Camaro. They won't wait till 2009, guaranteed.
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Anything is possible. It really comes down to how badly GM wants to get this car out sooner than later. It is also worth noteing that the Camaros are reportedly being tested "down under" as well, which beggs the question, why would they test them down there and produce them up here? GM is doing one heck of a job keeping this whole project under wraps. I can see how it is possible that they would begin production in australia; however, I just don't think it is going to happen. Here is to you GM.... Prove me wrong!
It is natural to test the vehicles where they are being engineered at this phase. They are running Camaro chassis under Holden car bodies in Australia, not uncommon at all

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Hey, that's a very good point you make there, rray200. Anything is possible. We'll just have to see what happens. It'll be a full 1 1/2 years after the transformers movie before any camaros see the road. That's quite a long time for the buzz to wear off. We'll just have to wait and see.
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When Chevrolet was testing and tunning the C6 Z06 they did all of their performance testing in Germany at Nurburging. At this stage in the game I think it is smart for gm to be testing somewhere else with just under 2 years till the release of the camaro is slated. Why let the paparazzi of the car world get a chance to gain any insights and blow your secrets about this hot new car that everyone is talking about.
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Hey, that's a very good point you make there, rray200. Anything is possible. We'll just have to see what happens. It'll be a full 1 1/2 years after the transformers movie before any camaros see the road. That's quite a long time for the buzz to wear off. We'll just have to wait and see.
Another thing I heard from another forum is that the first 100,000 Camaros are to be produced before any G8s or Impalas are in Oshawa. That was from someone on the inside in the factory. How credible that is, I don't know and be fully aware I know that this is a he said, she said type of thing.
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And I was told from a little birdy that we are going to have to wait for the Impalas to finish rolling off a line before the Camaros can be started. Speculation all over again!
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Another thing I heard from another forum is that the first 100,000 Camaros are to be produced before any G8s or Impalas are in Oshawa. That was from someone on the inside in the factory. How credible that is, I don't know and be fully aware I know that this is a he said, she said type of thing.

100,000... that is very interesting indeed. That would mean a full year's worth of Camaros, which would mean that they would begin production at the end of this year.

I hate waiting....
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And I was told from a little birdy that we are going to have to wait for the Impalas to finish rolling off a line before the Camaros can be started. Speculation all over again!
All new Impala is to be an '08 model. Rolling off a line sooner than you think!
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there are some hindrances to releasing the Camaro early:

1. the Impala and the G8 are both cars that are more important to GM's automobile lineup than the Camaro is... I know we all hate to hear that, but its the truth... not everyone can go down and get a Camaro and it fit into their family's lifestyle... and the G8 and Impala are the cars those folks go down and buy.

2. the G8 and Impala are going to be rebadged Commodores... its easy to keep the exact same underpinnings and the exact same body structure in a 4dr car and just change the four corners, front grille and back side... but the Camaro is an all new car... the Concept's styling isn't like any Holden already on the market... which leads to:

3. when designing a car, you have to meet or exceed every single safety aspect of every single market the car is to be sold in... and anticipate the changes to rules and regs that will come in future years... so the Concept's design has to be adapted to meet all of these demands... something that was not a part of the equation when building a 1 off concept car... a concept car that, btw, doesn't have an e-brake in the passenger compartment and, at least on the silver coupe, doesnt have a hood release in there, either.

I would love to see the 5th gen Camaro introduced early... but there are just too many factors holding that back... and I'd rather wait a while and have GM have a perfect hit on their hands than have them have the same problems they had with the GTO when they simply rebadged a Monaro and shipped it to the USA.
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there are some hindrances to releasing the Camaro early:

1. the Impala and the G8 are both cars that are more important to GM's automobile lineup than the Camaro is... I know we all hate to hear that, but its the truth... not everyone can go down and get a Camaro and it fit into their family's lifestyle... and the G8 and Impala are the cars those folks go down and buy.

2. the G8 and Impala are going to be rebadged Commodores... its easy to keep the exact same underpinnings and the exact same body structure in a 4dr car and just change the four corners, front grille and back side... but the Camaro is an all new car... the Concept's styling isn't like any Holden already on the market... which leads to:

3. when designing a car, you have to meet or exceed every single safety aspect of every single market the car is to be sold in... and anticipate the changes to rules and regs that will come in future years... so the Concept's design has to be adapted to meet all of these demands... something that was not a part of the equation when building a 1 off concept car... a concept car that, btw, doesn't have an e-brake in the passenger compartment and, at least on the silver coupe, doesnt have a hood release in there, either.

I would love to see the 5th gen Camaro introduced early... but there are just too many factors holding that back... and I'd rather wait a while and have GM have a perfect hit on their hands than have them have the same problems they had with the GTO when they simply rebadged a Monaro and shipped it to the USA.

The Camaro may actually be much more important to GM right now than the G8 and Impala. Currently, this company has absolutely nothing exciting to offer customers who are willing to pay $20-$30,000. There current product lineup is bland and unless you've got the big bucks to get a Corvette or Cadillac, there is nothing in their lineup to give the company a pulse. Remember that this is a company that is not in the best of shape and they need an exciting flagship car that's affordable to lots of people to get people to the showrooms to draw attention to other cars, like the Impala and G8. There success also depends on the image of the company, and a car like the Camaro gives an image of excitement and innovation.

Also the stumbling blocks of changing regulations and standards fully apply to the G8 and Impala as much as they do to the Camaro. Those two cars are also based on the same platform and are being brought to the marketplace fairly quickly. Only the body panels are different. If they want, they can get it out the door sooner as a quality car. They've learned there lessons from the GTO. That's why they have top notch people like Tom Peters and Ed Welburn on this car to make sure it doesn't turn out like the GTO.
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