The Chevrolet Camaro nameplate will likely meet its death yet again, according to reports. The Chevrolet pony car reportedly has no next-generation model planned, something that comes as little surprise and validates information uncovered by AutoVerdict.
Today Muscle Cars & Trucks is reporting that the current Camaro is slated to last until 2023, after that the nameplate will die off. This report validates rumors AutoVerdict has been privy to in recent months, including a flat out “There is no next Camaro” comment from a GM insider.
The current car is based on the Alpha chassis that also underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS. With both the ATS and CTS now dead and replaced with the A2XX-based CT4 and CT5, the current Camaro is the last remaining Alpha car. Originally GM was going to develop a seventh-generation Camaro on the A2XX architecture, but that project has been shelved.
News of the Camaro’s demise (again), comes as little surprise. The car has struggled from a sales perspective in the last year, with it being a solid #3 in the three-way pony car war with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
Another tell-tale sign of the Camaro’s eventual fate came when Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser was reassigned to an electric vehicle program. The Camaro program internally at GM now has only a few people working on it; likely tasked to keep the car going through 2023. Oppenheiser’s reassignment was a stunning move given his celebrity status with the Camaro Six program.
It’s unclear at this time if GM is planning to spin off some sort of indirect replacement for the Camaro; perhaps a coupe SUV? More likely, this will be a repeat of 2002 when Chevy killed the Camaro the first time around.