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Old 09-09-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Is the 6th Gen Design Official yet?

Was just curious if anything was official, or unofficially official as to the new body design? Is the rendering that was done in Car and Driver, I think it was, the other thread about this, is that accurate? Or has there been any word that that design is in fact going to be what the 6th Gen looks like?
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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Was just curious if anything was official, or unofficially official as to the new body design? Is the rendering that was done in Car and Driver, I think it was, the other thread about this, is that accurate? Or has there been any word that that design is in fact going to be what the 6th Gen looks like?
The answers to those questions would be:
No, no and no.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thats a big NOPE
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Was just curious if anything was official, or unofficially official as to the new body design? Is the rendering that was done in Car and Driver, I think it was, the other thread about this, is that accurate? Or has there been any word that that design is in fact going to be what the 6th Gen looks like?
well, did the "other thread" say it's official?
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It probably is but we won't know.

And that Car and Driver rendering was a modified Code 130r. The 6th gen better not look anything like that.
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The design is probably either done or being finalized, but it sure as hell isn't going to be what C&D rendered.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #7
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The way it was explained to me (by a former GM engineer) new car designs are locked down 36 months before release. So, if that's correct and the new Camaro is to be released mid 2015 then yes, the design is complete.
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The way it was explained to me (by a former GM engineer) new car designs are locked down 36 months before release. So, if that's correct and the new Camaro is to be released mid 2015 then yes, the design is complete.
3 years before release?

That's pretty hard for me to believe. I'm sure they may have a very general design vision drafted or even clayed out by then, but no way the nitty gritty details are ironed out that early.

Yes I know the 5th gen was released as a concept in 2006...3 years before release, but that's just it. it was a concept car, and everyone screamed BUILD IT AS IT IS! I find this to be a bit different.
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Oh I'm sure it's already being tested indoors by now
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Pretty sure the design is locked by now for a new 6th gen model. We won't know the exact car for a while. It will take 2-3 years for them to go thru the crashworthiness/occupant safety studies and make revisions as needed.
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It will take 2-3 years for them to go thru the crashworthiness/occupant safety studies and make revisions as needed.
2 years, not 3 (unless there's some unforeseen delay).

GM told the CAW that Camaro production is ending in Oshawa in the Fall of 2015. That's 2 years from now.

Common sense would suggest that production of the new model will be up and running in Lansing concurrently with the current model winding down in Oshawa.
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3 years before release?

That's pretty hard for me to believe. I'm sure they may have a very general design vision drafted or even clayed out by then, but no way the nitty gritty details are ironed out that early.

Yes I know the 5th gen was released as a concept in 2006...3 years before release, but that's just it. it was a concept car, and everyone screamed BUILD IT AS IT IS! I find this to be a bit different.
That's what he said. I was shocked too but he was saying that it take about 18 months just the stamping tooling then there is plant change over and so on. Of course we're talking about a redesigns not model update.
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Depends on the plant. Newly remodeled flex plants can changeover to a new model in much shorter time than older plants.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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Heck no I'd say. If Al Op can change the Z/28 name to the ZL1 originally last minute is say no. It's 2013, plenty of time for changes to be made to the design.
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Well swapping out badges and reprinting marketing materials is easy.

Changing bodywork is more difficult. Especially when GM typically begins sourcing suppliers years in advance.

For example, a product for 2018 is already in that phase. The only reason we know about it is because suppliers are being sourced.
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Well swapping out badges and reprinting marketing materials is easy.

Changing bodywork is more difficult. Especially when GM typically begins sourcing suppliers years in advance.

For example, a product for 2018 is already in that phase. The only reason we know about it is because suppliers are being sourced.
Make sense, but couldn't certain body panels change?
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Oh yeah. Especially if they decide it's flat out not working aero-wise. But those are typically minute, fine details like how much a spoiler kicks up.

But yeah, if they have to completely change a body panel then they'll do it. There's not a whole lot they can do with the overall design once its locked in though.
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Designs get old prematurely if they're public for too long.
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Designs get old prematurely if they're public for too long.
...thats ambiguous...and a bit curt.
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