No more Camaro's or Firebirds from GM.

Andrew W

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Yes, but only because they'll use the excess production capacity to build more SUVs.
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They're closing a plant somewhere in Quebec... Actually I read on auto.com that the name Firebird, Camero are officially going on Hiatus, which means it might come back in some kind of form... perhaps like the Thunderbird, 280Z, etc.
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Yes, but only because they'll use the excess production capacity to build more SUVs.
If that is true, it's quite disturbing news. I loathe SUVs.
I'm saddened by this news. I always loved Firebirds even though I never wanted to shell out the money for one and the insurance premiums.
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There is always the Corvette for people who want a GM sports car.
The back seat in the F body series was pretty much worthless to begin with.
 

PatrickM

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No SUV's coming from the Camaro/Firebird plant. Their shutting her down. I believe the plant is in St. Therese, Quebec but I could be wrong about the city.
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DaveMcS

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Keep in mind this is how they killed the Impala SuperSport line back in 1996. They stopped production on them from the Arlington, TX plant and retooled it for those damn Trucks/SUV's.
That weas the death of the last true American Sport/Sedan
Ah well..typical move by the General !!
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NathanP

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Just wait a few years, Camero and Firebird will come back,
like the T-Bird or the Impala...
Nathan
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I'm sure GM will bring them back at some point in the future. There's way too much brand awareness built up in those two names to let them go.
Hopefully they'll re-design them so that they aren't a big car with no room in them.
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LarryDavenport

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There hasn't been a decent looking Camaro since the 1968 Rally Sport, IMO.
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I am disappointed, since for the price a Z28 is a great value for a sports car.
As for SUV's do we really need more. I just don't get the obession with them. Guess I will have to wait to 2004 if it true thats when they will be back.
 

AaronNWilson

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Yeah Chevrolet should look more towards building a BMW beater. I think if you took the corvette designers they could build a nice sports car which would compete against the BMW 3 series in the looks and handling department and still be at a lower price point.
Some of those pontiac grand prix offerings are just butt ugly. I think that pontiac also makes a faster version of the grand prix but the name escapes me.
If GM could make a 2/4 dr which has 3.5 liter V8 which develops 250 horsepower which can then be supercharged, then they have a nice car on their hands.
The design teams which are producing grand prixs and azteks etc should be lined up along the firing wall. If you look at the new Chyrsler Sebring series you can see how much GM is lagging behind in the styling department.
Aaron
 

Shawn McBride

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Wow. No love for the Camaro owners on this board, I see. I bought my V6 Camaro in '98 and I'm hoping to be in the financial position to purchase a Z28 next spring before they disappear.
Seriously, what's not to like. I mean, c'mon, for $24000 (a bit more than a V6 Honda Accord or my wife's new Passat) you get to drive off in a new Z28 strapped behind a 300+ HP 5.7L V8 Corvette engine! Toss in a 6-speed manual transmission and you're in driving nirvana.
Sure it's a little less comfortable than other cars, the interior's not the best, the back seat's cramped, but you're buying a SPORTS car, not a family sedan.
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Jim__B

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I am with you Shawn.
I love the camaro, I have my 94 V6 which I got new and only have 67,000 miles on it. Recently I was playing with the idea of moving up to the V8 and now I will really have to consider it. What model year will be the last?
BTW, Has anyone driven the new Altima, the 3.5 has 240 HP, not bad for a non sports car.
 

James St

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I'm sad to hear that the F-body cars will be going away. I've wanted one since 1995 and almost signed on the dotted line in 98 but realized owning my current car (93 Saturn) with NO CAR PAYMENT was too good to give up.
 

Ron Eastman

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The September issue of Motor Trend has an article speculating the future of the GM F-body. Below is my favorite of the designs they featured, which hearkens back to the '69 Camaro. Check out the online version of this article http://www.motortrend.com/aug01/5thchevy/5thchevy_f.html
I want this car!

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