|Car of the Week: Chevrolet Camaro|
Todays Car of the Week: the Chevrolet Camaro.
Once, while a press conference held by General Motors, on June 28, 1966, the name of the project XP-836 was unveiled - Camaro. The Press wanted to know what the name means, the Chevrolet product managers answered "it's a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs."
The first of now 5 generations of the pony car debuted in Detroit in 1966 and went officially on sale in September 1966 also. It was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seating and as a coupe or convertible version. The Camaro also shared its platform and the major components with the Pontiac Firebird.
The heavily restyled second generation was introduced in February 1970 and was still based on the F-body platform. In 1971 the 1971 SS350 was picked as one of the best 10 cars in the world. Like all the other generations it was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang.
From 1982 to 1992 they produced the third generation Camaro. They now offered a modern fuel injection, a four-speed automatic transmission, a five speed manual transmission and also hatchback bodies. The third generations were nearly 227 kg (500 pounds) lighter then the predecessor version.
On an updated F-body platform the fourth-generation Camaro debuted in 1993; and was produced till 2002. The coupe was available since the beginning, in 1994 the convertible version was introduced, and you could choose between V6 and V8 engines. Optional available were an all-speed traction control and a new six-speed manual transmission.
Based on the 2006 Camaro Concept the production of the fifth-generation Camaro started on August 2006. This ones are based on the highly-successful GM Holden Zeta RWD platform. For the 2012 model year, several changes have been made to the Camaro line: All Camaro models from 1LS to 2SS are now outfitted with standard RS spoiler, and Taillight details. In late January 2011, the production of (est.) 600 2011 Camaro Convertibles started. Due to the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, certain pigment colors were not available to make certain colors for both the coupe and convertible.
On November 2011, the export version (excluding Japanese version) of Camaro will be introduced after two-year delay.