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Old 11-14-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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"2010 Camaro: Just a heartbeat away" - Scripps News 11/13/08

Submitted by SHNS on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 15:31.
By RICHARD WILLIAMSON, Scripps Howard News Service
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If General Motors weathers the financial storm, its Chevy division should begin delivering thousands of new Camaros next spring.

While some model intros are facing delays, GM, so far, is sticking with its plan to send 2010 Camaros to buyers in the first quarter of 2009.

"The wait is almost over," vows Ed Peper, GM North America vice president for Chevrolet. "The return of the Camaro gives sports car enthusiasts a reason to rejoice."

A little rejoicing would be nice. There's been so little of that in the automotive industry this year. Party hats were quickly doffed after GM celebrated its centennial, perhaps because some employees recalled that the venerable Oldsmobile brand vanished shortly after its 100th anniversary.

Frankly, an America without GM seems as inconceivable as a country without Coca-Cola. The ad slogans are embedded in our folklore: the "heartbeat of America." Unfortunately, they used that jingle to sell duds like the 1987 Corsica.

For the Baby Boom generation, it's doubtful that any model is more memorable than Camaro. Chevrolet's 1967 answer to the Ford Mustang confirmed that "pony cars" were here to stay.

Now that Dodge has its Challenger on the street, it is imperative that the new Camaro be allowed to come out and play.

Camaro might not single-handedly save GM, but it will win hearts and minds. More than 600,000 prospects have requested information on the Camaro since production was announced, Chevy says.

Introducing the car on a television show called "My Own Worst Enemy" may have revealed more about GM's self-image than the Camaro, but it's hard to avoid Freudian slippage when your stock has lost 90 percent of its value and you're asking the federal government to keep your engine running.

The new Camaro is the fifth generation of a model that was sold continuously for 35 years until the 2002 model. The fourth-generation's F-Body platform was retired due to slow sales and plant overcapacity.

Based on the 2006 Camaro concept car, the 2010 model debuts as a coupe built on the Oshawa, Ontario assembly line. The three trim levels are LS, LT and SS. The LS and LT trim levels will be powered by a 3.6-liter, 300 horsepower V6 that can be linked to an automatic transmission or six-speed stick. The SS is powered by the 6.2-liter, 422 horsepower V8. The RS appearance package will be available on both the LT and SS.

The design originated in the United States and was engineering by GM's global rear-wheel-drive team in Australia

There's no mistaking the styling as Camaro, with design cues that hearken to the original 1967 model. A long front end and short rear deck reflect classic pony car proportions, while wheels pushed to the corners and buff fender forms present an aggressive stance.

A forward-V shape at the front and "gills" in the rear quarter panels merge with broad rear fender "shoulders" to amplify the Camaro credentials. Buyers can embellish the appearance with a choice of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels.

The dash has a retro feel, as well, with deeply recessed instrument binnacles with round gauges in square housings. An optional center-console gauge cluster derives from a similar option on 1969 Camaros. An ambient light package gives the cabin a cozy glow. Cloth upholstery is standard, but heated leather seats are optional.

In designing the power plants, GM engineers aimed for efficiency in addition to the performance Camaro has been known for. A few months ago, fuel economy might have been a major concern. Now that pump prices are back to where they were before the Iraq War, that issue has vanished from the radar.

The Camaro's base engine, a direct-injected V6 with variable valve timing is standard on LS and LT models. Direct injection technology helps the engine deliver more power through increased efficiency, while maintaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The Camaro SS comes with the awesome 6.2-liter V8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Standard, manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, rated at 422 horsepower and 408 foot-pounds of torque.

The LS3 debuted on the 2008 Corvette and uses high-flow cylinder heads based on the Corvette Z06's LS7 engine to increase low-end torque and high-rpm power. It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V8 comes with the automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3 and employs GM's fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. AFM allows the engine to run on only four cylinders during light-load driving conditions, such as highway cruising, to improve fuel economy. With a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission, the V8 delivers an estimated 23 mpg on the highway, according to GM, which has not reported its city fuel economy.

Given today's troubles, it is doubtful that Camaro will bring back the good old days when American automakers were riding high. But maybe it will at least help keep the biggest of the Big Three above ground.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:13 PM   #2
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The key sentence If General Motors weathers the financial storm, its Chevy division should begin delivering thousands of new Camaros next spring.

Lets hope so!
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The key sentence If General Motors weathers the financial storm, its Chevy division should begin delivering thousands of new Camaros next spring.

Lets hope so!
The key work is "should" here
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The key work is "should" here
I say its "if" wrong side of the "if" and there is no "should"
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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The first good article I read in the months.
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AMEN.... We all will get our Camaro's, even if GM files for bankruptcy as this and the Volt are really GM's future...
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The key sentence If General Motors weathers the financial storm, its Chevy division should begin delivering thousands of new Camaros next spring.

Lets hope so!
dont like the (if) and (should)
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dont like the (if) and (should)
how about:

When General Motors weathers the financial storm, its Chevy division will begin delivering thousands of new Camaros next spring.
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