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Old 12-04-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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I think the 6th gen camaro orders will start spring 2016 as a 2017 model for the 50th anniversary, not before then. Makes sense-also probobly an Indy pace-car again. Anyone think the same?
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Yep...at the earliest. The 2014-15 6th gen thoughts many have I believe are way optimistic.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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The 5th Gen was released in 2009 as a 2010. Very few cars run on a 7 year model cycle. Ford will release a new 2015 Mustang in 2014.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:52 PM   #4
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The 5th Gen was released in 2009 as a 2010. Very few cars run on a 7 year model cycle. Ford will release a new 2015 Mustang in 2014.
The 2nd gen was 11 years, and selling more cars per year than the 5th gens.
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The 5th Gen was released in 2009 as a 2010. Very few cars run on a 7 year model cycle. Ford will release a new 2015 Mustang in 2014.
2nd gen- 12 years. 3rd gen- 11 years. 4th gen- 10 years...the 5th gen is still very popular and selling well. No reason to think it couldn't go 7+ years before a total redesign.
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2nd gen- 12 years. 3rd gen- 11 years. 4th gen- 10 years...the 5th gen is still very popular and selling well. No reason to think it couldn't go 7+ years before a total redesign.
Product cycles were much longer during the 2nd Gen run.
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2nd gen- 12 years. 3rd gen- 11 years. 4th gen- 10 years...the 5th gen is still very popular and selling well. No reason to think it couldn't go 7+ years before a total redesign.
I forgot that the 3rd and 4th gens ran that long!
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2nd gen- 12 years. 3rd gen- 11 years. 4th gen- 10 years...the 5th gen is still very popular and selling well. No reason to think it couldn't go 7+ years before a total redesign.
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4 model years now with virtually no exterior modifications and few mods to the interior. Steering wheel being the biggest I think. I think we will see a few model years with exterior changes to see how sales and interest is affected before any wholesale changes are made. Government mandates can affect when major changes happen as well.
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and the 3rd, and 4th gen? Heck, it took GM 7 years just to bring the 5th gen from concept to production. Believe what you want, but I seriously doubt there will be any total redesign in the next 2 years.
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and the 3rd, and 4th gen? Heck, it took GM 7 years just to bring the 5th gen from concept to production. Believe what you want, but I seriously doubt there will be any total redesign in the next 2 years.
How much
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As much as you're willing to lose.
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I think Pete meant "how much change" if not total!
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Oh, I think you could see some front/rear bumper cover updates, different wheels, new seats, or dash...stuff like that over the next couple of years.. but that's a far cry from a 6th gen.
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I bought a '77 new before anyone heard of generations. Back then we called the 67-69's the early ones. The 70-73,'74-'77 and '78-'81 were looked at as different "models" of camaros.
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I bought a '77 new before anyone heard of generations. Back then we called the 67-69's the early ones. The 70-73,'74-'77 and '78-'81 were looked at as different "models" of camaros.
Exactly, they had some cosmetic changes that kept the look "fresh" at the time, and kept the cars selling... but it was a decade before they totally redesigned the car from the ground up... That's the same type of things you'll likely see with this generation. You could also look at the early 4th gen's vs. the later ones... the 93-97 looked different than the 98-02's, different facias, different dashboards, different wheels, etc... but were still all 4th gens...for all 10 years. As mentioned, they really have not yet changed much of anything on the 5th gens yet, so I think you'll see several more years of other minor changes before they go for a total re-do.

And when they DO redesign it, we'll see 1000 spy shots and test mules for 2 years before they ever get the production cars going... thus far I have not seen anything but some unofficial "artist rendering" internet ideas of what a 6th gen Camaro "might" look like. I believe that if there was going to be an "all-new" Camaro in a year or 2 from now, we'd be seeing some evidence of it right now.
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I bought a '77 new before anyone heard of generations. Back then we called the 67-69's the early ones. The 70-73,'74-'77 and '78-'81 were looked at as different "models" of camaros.
And you could tell what model car or even what year was in front of you at a distance at night, or even what was behind you at night based on how many lights and spacing they had.

Back in those days we had fun a few times knowing when an officer was coming at you at night because we could recognize the headlights and markers lights. They didn't have moving radar so we could accelerate and blast by them going the opposite direction know they weren't going to turn around. Too fast to be recognized by them and they knew by the time they turned around and got up to speed you'd be long gone. Back in those days there were only a few officers on duty in the whole county at night, unlike the saturation there is today.

Anyway, it's hard to tell most cars from others these days, I hope the Camaro stays uniquely identifyable as it is and always has been.
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The big difference with cosmetic and new is the frame, hasn't Chevy already dedicated towards a new frame?
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The big difference with cosmetic and new is the frame, hasn't Chevy already dedicated towards a new frame?
Yes, and the 6th Gen will be produced on that new frame (Alpha Platform).
But nothing official from GM on when it will be released.

Any design changes done on the current frame will still be a 5th Gen.
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Development of the 6th Gen started years ago with the new Alpha (Caddy ATS) platform. The ATS-V will be released late next year. The new CTS will be released soon. Call it concurrent development of the 6th Gen.

The ZETA based Camaro was in Chevy showrooms less than three years after Holden released the Commodore even though the company was facing severe challenges. The ATS was released a few months ago. Using the same three year cycle that puts a 6th Gen in Chevy showrooms in 2016.

GM's a much stronger and more nimble company than it was in 2008. I think you are looking at a shorter cycle with the release of the 6th Gen
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I think the 6th gen camaro orders will start spring 2016 as a 2017 model for the 50th anniversary, not before then. Makes sense-also probobly an Indy pace-car again. Anyone think the same?
Sales will continue to drop if it takes that long. 6 years with little change is a bit much. I suspect 2015 will be the year just as Mustangs new body will be 2015.
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Sales will continue to drop if it takes that long. 6 years with little change is a bit much. I suspect 2015 will be the year just as Mustangs new body will be 2015.
Just like the '13 ZL1 was going to get 650hp since the GT500 has 650... just sayin'...
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Just like the '13 ZL1 was going to get 650hp since the GT500 has 650... just sayin'...
You never heard that from me.
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Just like the '13 ZL1 was going to get 650hp since the GT500 has 650... just sayin'...


The next Camaro power bump will be the 6th gen.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:08 AM   #25
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6th Gen for 2016 MY with a release in 2015. Rumors say mid 2015. But that target has some built in wiggle room.
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