Chevrolet Camaro To Be Phased Out After 2023?

Chevrolet killed the Camaro in 2002 and it appears history could repeat itself once again.

Citing “multiple sources within GM,” Muscle Cars & Trucks is reporting work on the seventh-generation Camaro has been suspended. As a result, they’re reporting the car will likely be dropped from the lineup.

Details are limited, but the publication says the Camaro won’t transition to the new version of the Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac CT4 and CT5. That’s an ominous sign and so is the claim that the vehicle is “charted out” until 2023 and then just disappears.

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Multiple publications have reached out to the company for comment, but they’ve all apparently been given the same response. It neither confirms nor denies the report, but says “We will remind you of our recently announced updates coming to the Camaro lineup this fall. An all-new LT1 model will provide customers V8 power with the design and affordability of our LT trim. The award-winning SS model will feature a new front fascia from the Camaro Shock concept. All of our updates are customer-driven to improve the car and its driving experience.”

While GM is playing coy, it’s no secret that Camaro sales have been pretty lackluster. Last year the company only sold 50,963 units in the United States which put the muscle car in a distant third place compared to the Dodge Challenger (66,716) and Ford Mustang (75,842).

The fate of the Camaro is still uncertain at this point, but last year the company apparently surveyed consumers about possible new powertrains including a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder and two hybridized options. That suggested the automaker was still committed to the Camaro, but things could have changed since then.

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If that’s the case, the Camaro could be the latest in a string of GM cars getting the axe in North America. Last fall, the automaker announced the death of several different models including the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6 and XTS as well as the Chevrolet Cruze, Impala and Volt.

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  • Paul

    GM’s head cheese Barra needs phased out as well.

    • Six_Tymes

      exactly.

    • Dennis Scipio

      I don’t get it, isn’t it just speculation that it’s going away after that date? Nothing is set in stone.

      • Liam Paul

        its more the fact she would even consider killing something that is very american and very much a part of chevrolet, 50k some units I am sure covers the cost of engineering and tooling but losing a halo car will cost them more in the long run

    • Liam Paul

      History will show she ruined GM. Everything she is doing has too many backlashes, I think one major reason GM new Full size pickups fell in third place is where some of them are being made, mexico, Full size truck buyers are very american and want american made trucks, its why toyota and nissan have never came close to dethroning the big 3 on full size trucks but if Mary Barra gets her way, all the trucks GM makes will be made in mexico and china and than Nissan and toyota might push GM to 5th spot

  • Bill Nguyen

    Nah, it’ll go away for awhile then just come back as a crossover or some crap…

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      You’re my soul brother… i was about to make that comment… YOU STOLE IT FROM ME!

      • Bill Nguyen

        I can delete it if you want, then you can repost the comment yourself lol

        • 2PacOfCarscoop

          What do you mean by that? Is that some kind of threat?

          • Bill Nguyen

            Nah man, it was just a joke

          • 2PacOfCarscoop

            i didn’t find it funny, but unsafe. please delete it or i report you

          • JRP

            Calm down man.

          • 2PacOfCarscoop

            how do you know my gender ….. you called me man! it’s ma’m

          • JRP

            You said “Don’t ruin a black man’s feelings” when someone said “Smh” when you commented about the Audi SQ8 on an unrelated post. I know all and see all.

    • Able

      They already have, it’s called the Blazer!

      • Liam Paul

        no real blooded american wants that mexican made garbage

      • Bill Nguyen

        Maybe in a few years Camaro will just be a trim level of the Blazer… Scary thought hehe

  • I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY PUT THE CAMARO GRILLE ON THE BLAZER.

  • ejd1984

    It’s going to become an electric sports car.

    The Camaro cheif engineer, Al Oppenheiser, has already been moved over to GM’s EV program.

  • john1168

    WTF?!?! I guess it will disappear for a while and then come back again later…maybe…

  • eb110americana

    I’d guess that “reports of the Camaro’s death are premature” and that we will see this report walked back in a few days. That could be wishful thinking on my part, but they are moving the Corvette considerably upmarket. Something will need to fill the $30K-$60K performance void left by the Camaro and base Stingray. It would be interesting if they wanted to go more sportscar in proportions (which I fully support) and changed the name to something like “Monza” to avoid a consumer backlash like the Blazer, and to ditch the anachronistic mullet stereotype. Or they could simply have future plans we are not aware of for the 7th gen Camaro, as 2024 is still a good ways off.

  • Ken Lyns

    Do what Toyota does and partner with another company to split development costs. It won’t sell any better but will cost half as much to design, keeping the business case alive.

    • eb110americana

      That would be kind of hilarious if they made a Camustang/Mustaro–after all these years of rivalry. I’d rather they do what Challenger did, and just keep the old platform going. Although Camaro’s main problem is that there is no room in the back seat or trunk, and you cannot see out of it, so they need to fix the packaging first.

      • ErnieB

        I say redesign it completely. People like things that are visually pleasing.

    • kachuks

      They can partner up with Mitsu and share the Eclipse platform.

      • Mr. EP9

        That’s a joke, right?

        • Liam Paul

          well as far as partner up, that sounds right on the money. My money would be for Chevy to partner with Hyundai and they both make a new platform for a AWD muscle car… Halo cars are good for selling the other cars

  • Bo Hanan

    “You mean they still make this car?”

  • Nordschleife

    If this is true. Shame on Chevy. How can you fault the Camaro for sales, when you in fact designed the 6th generation to cater to the Diehards. This is why I tell designers to do what ever they want. I remember reading articles that stated that Chevy wanted to change certain things to increase outward visibility but was told in those focus groups that they should leave the design alone. You cannot cater to one fan base if you want continued sales. All the fan boys aren’t going to keep buying Camaro’s and now you want to potentially discontinue it because the rest of the world wants better interiors and better visibility. If you can make the ugly CT4 then you may as well make a Camaro that is a better fit for the masses and stop catering to the diehards. I personally don’t have a problem with the Camaro looks (especially pre-facelifted) but the Camaro deserves another chance and hopefully GM, you learn a lesson. No matter the management, debacle or decade you seem to be as hard-headed as kids when it comes to catering to what the masses want.

  • Tumbi Mtika
    • LJ

      It will just give Camaro owners the excuse they all secretly crave to go and buy a Mustang.

  • Bruce K

    If they had made the current Camaro look as good as the Buick Avista coupe show car, then they might be selling a lot more than 50,000 a year. Instead, they made the Camaro look WORSE when it was redesigned, they made awful visibility equally bad, & still insisted on a horrible looking and uncomfortable interior. No wonder people are not buying.

  • Mr. EP9

    That would be the single worse decision they could make.

    • LJ

      Not if it doesn’t sell.

      • :/ Yurr

        50,000 thousand last year is very good I see plenty on the road.

        • LJ

          It sounds like a lot, but it must not be selling enough to hit the profit margins GM requires. They’re not cutting it for no reason.

          • Enter Ranting

            Because GM has no idea how to run a business.

          • LJ

            I’m sure that’s it.

  • Ben

    I don’t understand why companies can’t take a page from Toyota’s book. The Land Cruiser is lovely, but even Toyota knows its not going to sell like a Tahoe, Land Rover or Grand Cherokee. So they just make less of it. How? Because it shares a chassis design with Tundra and the same powertrain. GM always has to pump out a bazillion of something and then when demand isn’t at an all time high, they suffer for it.

    Hummer is a PRIME example of GM mismanaging production numbers. When you have an entire brand built on specialty vehicles, you can’t pump them out at a fast rate. Just too little for the demand you expect. Its better to have less product than expected than more. Just produce less Camaro. You don’t have to get into a pissing match with Ford sales or Dodge sales. Do whats best for your company and employees. This is how layoffs start.

    • Astonman

      Toyota has more money to play with so they can do what they do. There’s a major fork in the road for car companies like GM which is Electric and Autonomous Driving. Billions are needed to be spent in both arenas and they don’t have the choice of picking one or the other, they’re having to go both directions at once. The room for error has gotten razor thin. Now on the Hummer – it was not a very special chassis. It had a front end of a Chevrolet 2500 and the rear frame of a 1500. So they were utilizing existing products to make it – so nothing special. Sales were declining from a high of 75K in 2006 to 55K in 2007 – because of the high price of gas. I was paying nearly $150 to fill that thing up about every 4 days. When the Financial crisis hit in December of that year, sales on the following year was 27K. For 2009 sales was around 9K. 2010 was 3800. The 2009 and 2010 sales were also reflective of them phasing the car out. But sales on it had been tanking. So it wasn’t mismanaging of productions numbers like you think. It was the economy and high gas prices.

      • Ben

        hmm, good info.

        • Astonman

          Thanks Ben

    • Sparkimoto

      They should restructure their marketing and manufacturing strategy to the way Japan sells cars. In Japan it is more common for the customer to choose from a number of options and design the car exactly as they want it. Then car is made to order. Unlike USA where it’s more common for customer to choose from a number of one model that is already in the lot or showroom. I guess in USA they want to make that quick high pressure sale before you change your mind.

  • LJ

    This is going to piss off the dozen Camaro fans that are left.

  • MarkoS

    The refresh is the problem and so is the GM design trend. Even with current sales that plenty of reason to keep it around. The next one just needs to be better designed and more everyday useable. My bet is Camaro will be around for a good long time.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    “multiple sources within GM” – What a crock of SHT

  • JRP

    Chevy. You can kill off the Sonic. You can kill off the Volt. As if the going of the Cruze and Impala wasn’t bad enough, you’re going to come in and think about killing the Camaro. Kill the Spark and replace it with a tiny EV. BOOM. MONEY. KEEP A GOOD CAR IN PRODUCTION… please.

  • The Camaro will live on, I don’t believe Chevy would kill the car that brings clients into the dealers. If designers and engineers don’t have passion projects they die, it’s science trust me.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Kill all good things and make just suv bullshit. thanks all brands

    • Six_Tymes

      I know your point and agree… but, its not brands fault, its peoples desire to buy almost nothing but suv’s. suv demand keeps growing. slowing cars sales + suv demand, what do you expect as a result. to remain in business brands don’t have much of a choice at this point. of course cars will not go away completely any time soon. but who knows, maybe in 20-50 years from now 2dr and 4dr sedans will be relics, and sports cars will be just a thing for wealthy people. you can say what you will, but if socialism spreads, socialism will eventually kill most of the car business. so, you’ll have more than just an suv craze to blame for killing off cool fun sports cars.

      • Yilmaz Yasar

        unfortunately people’s preferences are not their own tastes. what is imposed they accept without question

  • Shelby GT500

    Make a normal front end for a Camaro and it will sell much better. New Camaro is ugly!

  • Ray

    Replace it with a RWD/AWD Impala sedan and wagon.

  • Sparkimoto

    Just my opinion. But I wish they would redesign the body to almost exactly like the 67. With some subtle changes but my idea would be just to improve upon the original 67. Not a total redesign that has a resemblance to the 67, like today’s design. Also same with the dash and interior. Stay closer to original with subtle improvements. Not all that ugly plastic like on the new ones of today. An example would be sort of like what Chip Foose did with the 65 Chevy Impala for the 2015 Sema show.

    • khc

      My personal favorite is the ’69, but yeah, a new Camaro based on the more user-friendly Gen-1 design would have to gain sales. Then again, I’d be even more interested in a new Chevy Nomad version built on the current RWD platform.

  • Craig

    50,000 sales is incredible for something so market-specific. GM would be stupid to kill off the Camaro. Again. So I guess that meand…. they’ll probably kill it.

  • Rob

    The Mustang has a huge following and always has. I think the Challenger sells better because it has the option of AWD. I love the Camaro, but living in the Northeast, rear wheel drive is not always the best option. Come on GM, wake up and look at the bread your selling, I think you need a new recipe and maybe that involves getting a new head baker (Barra) as a start. Someone like Lutz would be nice.

  • :/ Yurr

    I see what you mean they get rid of stuff just to bring it back. They already did it with the Camaro once.

  • Enter Ranting

    It would be incredibly stupid to cancel the Camaro, so it makes sense that GM would consider it.

  • john1168

    I think you’re right on! And I think your last sentence says it all. I believe Chevy is ONLY asking current/past Camaro owners what they like, don’t like and what they’d change with their Camaro’s. The problem with that is these current/past owners don’t address the real problems of the car that other car enthusiasts have been bringing up for years. I think most of them are fine with the crappy visibility and poor quality interior and lack of space. And I have to wonder how the surveys are set up? What questions GM is asking these current/previous owners? If it’s anything like their “no actors/real people” commercials, then they’re not getting the information they need to do better at all! As a result, GM doesn’t sell any more of these because they’re not trying to make something that appeals to a broader audience.

  • Felipe Politano

    So what would people buy the Blazer for looking like?

  • MarkoS

    Sorry, that new platform under the new Cadillac’s will be under something Chevy. So if it is not a Camaro, perhaps it will be a Chevelle.

  • Harry_Wild

    The Camerais a great grand tour vehicle where on the 200-300 mile trip, there are few cars on the road. But in city streets with lots of other cars, it very stressful since your view outside is obstructed!

  • SgtBeavis

    It’s still just speculation at this point. I suspect the next gen Camaro will simply be sharing its platform with more vehicles. Hopefully GM will correct some of the things that have hurt it. The last model years styling disaster certainly didn’t help things but it is also the least practical of the three cars. Bad visibility, a terrible trunk, useless back seat, not so great interior, etc., etc.

    BTW, it’s still amazing to me that the Challenger sells as well as it does after so many years. FCA really got something right with that design. It ages incredibly well. As much as I like the Mustang, I would actually consider buying a Challenger at some point. That’s the car I pray FCA doesn’t kill off or screw up in a Future redesign.

  • BlackPegasus

    Well it had a decent run. Phase it out in 2023 and bring it back after 15yrs to drum up excitement. That’s the cycle with vehicles like these. The Supra, NSX, and Nissan 370 had similar cancellations and revivals.

    • Ben

      Add the Viper in there too

  • Blanka Li

    We need the Camaro. Life is boring with just the Mustang. Hopefully, this is just a BS rumor to drum up sales.

  • Bo Hanan

    The Camaro is dull. And the fact that the Dodge is able to keep the bigger, heavier, and older, Charger & Challengers fresh enough to keep people buying them should signal the problem to Chevy.

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