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Old 01-13-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Camaro races ahead of GM's profit expectations. It's HIGHLY PROFITABLE.

Camaro races ahead of GM's profit expectations

Retro muscle car far more lucrative than automaker had originally forecast


Jan 13, 2010

Tony Van Alphen
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DETROIT–The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, which General Motors builds in Oshawa, has become far more profitable to the automaker than original forecasts, says company vice-chairman Bob Lutz.

Lutz, GM's product guru, said the iconic car is beating internal sales projections, easily surpassing estimates for average transaction prices and the combination is leading to big profits.

He said GM is making an average of $8,000 to $9,000 (U.S.) more per sale than it anticipated on models with transaction prices in the $35,000 to $40,000 range.

"What is especially remarkable is the average transaction price," Lutz told reporters at the North American International Auto Show.

"It's way, way higher than we expected it to be and the profitability of the vehicle has turned out to be far better than our expectations."

Lutz said one of the reasons for the strong profitability is, ironically, fuel economy. GM promoted the V-6, 300-horsepower, more fuel-efficient model with lower pricing and less profit to encourage sales.
The company then overpriced the V-8, more powerful, less fuel-efficient model to keep its sales down.
In Canada, the manufacturer's suggested price is almost $27,000 (Canadian) for the V-6 model and $37,000 for the V-8 version. But V-8 sales still outpaced the V-6s by a wide margin in both countries.

"End result: 80 per cent of sales, V-8s," Lutz said.

The Camaro ceased production at GM's plant in Ste. Thérèse, Que., in 2002 after 35 years, but was revived in March last year in Oshawa after a concept at the show generated a huge positive response. Production on one shift with some overtime totalled more than 83,000 in less than 10 months last year.

Waiting times for delivery for the Camaro in Canada vary, but could be up to 90 days.

The Canadian Auto Workers pressed GM to add another shift to meet demand but the company has rejected that idea.

Muscle cars normally have a strong sales start for 18 months to two years before gradually losing their momentum.

Automakers add special edition models to boost interest after the initial surge. GM is adding a Camaro convertible model in the first quarter of next year.

The Camaro, which uses ads with such tag lines as "lust conquers all," is up against Ford's Mustang and the Dodge Challenger and Charger, which have posted some good sales numbers in recent years.

Lutz attributed the success of the Camaro to designing more than just a retro car, but one with modern styling cues.

He said original clay models of the Camaro looked a lot like versions from the late 1960s, but then-chief executive officer Rick Wagoner told designers they should do more work.

GM showed Camaro buffs and collectors the second version and they criticized it sharply because the car didn't look like the early models.

"Not looking too much like a '67 turned out to be a good thing," Lutz said.

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DETROIT–The Chevrolet Camaro muscle car, which General Motors builds in Oshawa, has become far more profitable to the automaker than original forecasts, says company vice-chairman Bob Lutz.


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Old 01-13-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:42 PM   #4
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #5
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #6
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:44 PM   #7
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:04 PM   #8
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Not really surprising. Atleast I did'nt think so.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #9
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Maybe the bureaucrats will wake up and realize that when you give people what they want they are willing to part with their hard earned cash. I'm not surprised that Camaro project is profitable, maybe it will be GM's come back.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:32 PM   #10
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Super! Great Job. Keep it going.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:46 PM   #11
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This is probably the best news I've heard all year. Not only does it secure the Camaro's future, but it also opens the door for other performance vehicles.
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again i must say .
as goes gm so goes the country.
watch the recovery begin...from the seat of a CAMARO!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:38 PM   #13
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It was looking bad for a while, but I'm actually feeling pretty optimistic about GM's future. Good time to be a soldier in the General's army!
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:53 PM   #15
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The Camaro has to be the comeback kid of the decade! I am glad we are all a part of bringing GM back!

I believe the pendulum is swinging!!

Having my Camaro reminded me of the excitement for GM I lost 20 years ago when I bought my first foreign car. Gotta say ... It's great to be back!

Funny story ... went to lunch today with my boss and peers. Boss driving his pretty new Camry. As he pulled out of the parking lot he said, I wonder how many people will be looking at my car.
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It was inevitable, but sooner than I expected. That's great news, GM is back.

Anybody considering a new car purchase that does not look at GM is making a mistake.
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It was inevitable, but sooner than I expected. That's great news, GM is back.

Anybody considering a new car purchase that does not look at GM is making a mistake.


I have a Toyota Tacoma too and I feel bad that I didn't get a chevy/GM. I think I'm going to be very loyal to GM in the future. Thanks GM!
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