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Old 03-10-2014, 08:35 PM   #1
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Post Edmunds: 2016 Camaro styling to be evolutionary, not revolutionary

Published 3/10/14 - via Edmunds

Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will adopt an evolutionary styling theme drawn from the current-generation car, Edmunds has learned.
  • The 2016 Camaro will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, sources said.
  • The updated Camaro will arrive at dealerships sometime next year.

DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will adopt an evolutionary styling theme drawn from the current-generation car, Edmunds has learned.

The 2016 Camaro will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, sources said.

The updated Camaro will arrive at dealerships sometime next year.

General Motors has taken a page from the playbook of the 2015 Ford Mustang in the redesign of the Camaro. That is, change all the sheet metal, but don't create a radical departure from the current styling. The end result is that while both the 2015 Mustang and 2016 Camaro have been extensively re-engineered under the skin, the exterior styling is evolutionary, not revolutionary.

"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different," Edmunds was told by an industry source who has seen the new car. "It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is expected to debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Meanwhile, the 2015 Mustang, the chief rival to the Camaro, goes on sale this fall.

Mike Albano, a Chevrolet spokesman, took issue with the description of the 2016 Camaro's styling.

"We won't discuss future product, but I will tell you that any Camaro we do will have expressive design and will evoke the passion the previous-generation Camaros have done," Albano told Edmunds. "Camaro always has kind of moved the heart and the next generation will do the same thing when you see it on the road."

The current-generation Camaro went on sale in 2009 as a 2010 model. With the redesign, Camaro assembly will move to General Motors' Lansing, Michigan plant, the same facility that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS. The Camaro is currently assembled in Oshawa, Ontario.

The two new pony cars are expected to set off a battle for sales supremacy and bragging rights.

Last year, GM sold nearly 80,600 Camaros. Mustang was close behind with around 77,200 sales, followed by the Dodge Challenger with about 51,500 sales. With the redesigned Mustang hitting showrooms first, Ford's pony-car sales could surpass Camaro this year.

Edmunds says: Why tamper with success? Since the Camaro's current styling is successful, an evolutionary approach might be the best choice.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:37 PM   #2
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Awesome! Thanks Tran!
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:44 PM   #3
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I saw the "Chevy Exchange" on Facebook post something along those lines this afternoon and wondered where they got the info !

Thanks for posting that !

I think it's a wise move too....don't mess too much with perfection
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:08 PM   #4
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Well...its what we want, same type of styling but lighter and a little more compact. Until then I will wait.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:14 PM   #5
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Yup. Waiting to see if I keep mine, or, get the new one!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:18 PM   #6
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Oh man oh man oh man. Better start saving for a down payment!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:23 PM   #7
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I hope it's enough of a change to be fresh.

If they are right, the reveal is less than a year away. We should be seeing mules or camo'd prototypes soon.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:33 PM   #8
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Really can't wait to see it now.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
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Yea, I gotta see this ... GM came so correct with the Camaro 5 and new Vette, I think the bar is high. Hopefully they don't go too crazy with ideas.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:38 PM   #10
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Hopefully the cowl induction hood stays ( ZL1 style) with technology enhancements.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:41 PM   #11
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I pray to the camaro gods that they don't use the transformer concept going around
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:53 PM   #12
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I pray to the camaro gods that they don't use the transformer concept going around
Im kinda thinking the new camaro will look very similar to the transformer camaro. Why make it look that way in the movie just for the heck of it?
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:00 PM   #13
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Im kinda thinking the new camaro will look very similar to the transformer camaro. Why make it look that way in the movie just for the heck of it?

I hope you are wrong, I'm not too thrilled by that new transformer Camaro. It looks to me to be using the C5 sheet metal.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:05 PM   #14
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Well if it looks similar I may have to trade in.

Guess I'll wait a bit longer before diving into the engine.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:11 PM   #15
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Yup. Waiting to see if I keep mine, or, get the new one!
Keep the old one and get a new one.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:16 PM   #16
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I have to take this this way
The people that are talking about the 16 , don't know what they are talking about
The ones that do know , aren't talking , period .
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:24 PM   #17
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:40 PM   #18
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Yea, I gotta see this ... GM came so correct with the Camaro 5 and new Vette, I think the bar is high. Hopefully they don't go too crazy with ideas.
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I pray to the camaro gods that they don't use the transformer concept going around
I hope not neither but I the 5th Gen to me is just to perfect that GM is in a lose , lose situation almost! Just because of the 5th Gen success! So I'm not really worried because I. love the Retro muscle look of the 5th Gen. Plus I think the 6th Gen camaro will have more of a sports car look than the muscular muscle car look.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:01 PM   #19
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sounds like it's similar to the C5 to C6 downsizing theme with conservative styling changes
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:13 PM   #20
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Definitely not going to trade in my car this year. Gonna wait for next year and maybe just have a 2010 and a 2016!
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:24 AM   #21
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So who is getting fired for talking about the 6th gen Camaro or letting a blabber mouth see it first so he can talk about it. I for one hope it is revolutionary not evolutionary everyone loves the 5th gen look and everyone freaked when they tweaked it with the 14 model year refresh and that was a bit evolutionary refresh. I hope its more revolutionary with past Camaro cues. Let the great 5th gen design stay unsullied in our minds.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:38 AM   #22
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I heard they're thinking about adding a Train Horn for the RS Package. I'm excited because I have a truck horn on my current RS, and it's not as loud as a Train Horn.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:17 AM   #24
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With the redesigned Mustang hitting showrooms first, Ford's pony-car sales could surpass Camaro this year.
Seriously that would be embarrassing...for Mustang fans. The fewer on the road the better. It looks like a Fusion coupe. What a dog.

If it does sell well it'll only mean there's alot of people who will buy anything with a pony stamped on it.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:29 AM   #25
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Im kinda thinking the new camaro will look very similar to the transformer camaro. Why make it look that way in the movie just for the heck of it?
You know, as much as it's almost heresy on this board to assign any significance to the Transformers Camaro, I too won't be shocked if the new car ends up bearing a rather strong resemblance to the Transformers mock-up.

Let's face it. The descriptions of 'not drastically different' and 'looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro' ARE applicable to the Transformers car.

Is it going to look exactly like that? Of course not. But could it look just enough like it to give a basic idea of the new car to the typical movie viewer? Maybe, just maybe.

I actually don't mind the appearance of the Transformers car, so this wouldn't be deal-killer for me if it happens.
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