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Old 11-12-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Convertible on hold?

http://www.motortrend.com/features/a...old/index.html

Chrysler will not offer a Dodge Challenger convertible. The car is "dead as a doornail," a source says. And the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro convertible planned for midyear 2009 is on hold. Blame thin operating capital at Chrysler LLC and General Motors, the latter determined to fend off bankruptcy.

Chrysler designed the LX-based Challenger without planning for a convertible. That may be hard to believe, but it means re-engineering the unibody Challenger as a convertible would take the kind of money that Chrysler doesn't have.



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The Camaro convertible is off the table probably for a year as GM tries to save cash and claw its way back to profitability. Analysts predict U.S. car and light truck sales in '09 will be even worse than in '08 and the Chevy Volt and Cruze will have to succeed before GM can spend on such extravagances. Whether the Camaro convertible comes back from the hiatus depends on how well GM weathers the storm. If GM's situation improves, Chevrolet could return the Camaro convertible to its product plans for the 2011 model year, just in time to add a fresh new version of the car.

This is good news for Ford, which suffered steep declines in Mustang sales in 2008. The V-6 Mustang convertible has otherwise been a strong seller in the Ford lineup.
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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dont worry it will be out as a 2011
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Old 11-12-2008, 03:21 PM   #3
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:18 PM   #4
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:33 PM   #5
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Sorry for all the 'vert fans...:(
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:59 PM   #6
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This is no surprise. Now, they really SHOULD offer Hugger Orange for the coupe! No excuse now!
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:07 PM   #7
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Sorry for all the 'vert fans...:(
Big ditto.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:41 PM   #8
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OMG NO!! This can't be ture. Someone say it isn't so! Maybe a marketing ploy? I hope your right headpunter! I hope your right.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:44 PM   #9
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OMG NO!! This can't be ture. Someone say it isn't so! Maybe a marketing ploy? I hope your right headpunter! I hope your right.
'punter's referring to this:

Whether the Camaro convertible comes back from the hiatus depends on how well GM weathers the storm.

If GM's situation improves, Chevrolet could return the Camaro convertible to its product plans for the 2011 model year, just in time to add a fresh new version of the car.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:50 PM   #10
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Ok. Wait just a second. I didn't put money down on the coupe because I was waiting for the convertible. Now it might be one of the casualties and may not even hit a showroom floor????

Please say this isn't so...
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:55 AM   #11
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:02 AM   #12
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Another "Sky is falling" post.

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Old 11-13-2008, 09:11 AM   #13
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The 'verts delay is nothing new.

But hang in there. If a 'vert is what you want, it'll be worth the wait.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:55 PM   #14
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Man that really sucks donkey balls. Obama has been reported saying he is for helping out the auto industry. If he does maybe everything will be back on track. I don't understand why GM would do this. Didn't they say the camaro is one of the most looked up models on the interwebs. (bush joke) If there is this much interest on the camaro there is a percentage, me included, who only want a convt. If they want to sell as many as possible they better get a convertible.
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