The Chevrolet Camaro is a car that is manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand and classified as a “pony car” as well as other versions which are colloquially known as “muscle cars”. This vehicle first went on sale in September of 1966 and the 1967 model was designed for the sole purpose of competing with the Ford Mustang, another muscle car that became wildly popular since its release onto the market. The Camaro shared the same platform as the Pontiac Firebird, which was introduced the same year.
Before production of the Camaro temporarily ended in 2002, four very different generations were built and marketed to the public. The first generation of the Camaro and for the 1967 to 1969 models, the rear-wheel drive GM F-body platform was utilized and available in the form of a 2-door coupe or convertible which had 2+2 seating. This vehicle had a number of different engine choices, including the 230 cu in 3.8 liter, 250 cu in 4.1 liter inline-6, and the 302 cu in 4.9 liter. Chevrolet quickly realized that their sporty compact car, the Corvair, was not able to match the Mustang’s incredibly popularity with consumers, which is why they began focusing more of their efforts on developing the Camaro into an unstoppable and worthy opponent.
The Camaro was marketed as having the same kind of rear-drive and front-engine configuration as Ford’s Mustang as well as the Chevy II Nova. This vehicle was designed to fit in many different power plants in the engine bay and the first generation lasted all the way up until 1969, eventually going on to heavily influence the more recent retro fifth-generation models. The very first generation of the Camaro offered a standard as well as a Suport Sport and Rally Sport edition.
Production of the fifth generation Camaro started in 1993 and lasted until 2002 when manufacturing took a lengthy hiatus. This generation Camaro first debuted in 1993 and with a very updated F-body platform, retaining many of the same characteristics that played an important role in its initial success in the late 1960s, including a coupe body style with 2+2 seating and an optional T-top roof. The SS versions of this vehicle, which were produced from 1998-2002, had a slightly revised and improved exhaust and intake system along with significantly larger wheels and tired. There was also a revised suspension which improved the handling of these new model cars, making them more attractive to the public than ever before.
The most recent fifth generation Camaro received a complete overhaul as well as a new platform. This vehicle was based on the 2006 Camaro Concept as well as the 2007 Camaro Concept. The 2012 model of this vehicle marked the 45th anniversary of the Camaro which resulted in a celebratory limited edition model which was available in only a Carbon Flash Metallic color.
The Camaro was named “World Car Design of the Year” in the World Car of the Year Awards on April 1, 2010. It had been about 8 years since a new Camaro had been released onto the market and production of these vehicles would soon be back in full swing. The announcement to bring back the Camaro was made in 2012 with production btaking place at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan. This new Camaro has a vastly updated body with a sleek and attractive design like nothing ever before seen. The Chevrolet Camaro is definitely one of the more classic muscle cars in American history and continues to be as popular as ever with consumers all across the country.