Chevrolet Designer Says He Doesn’t Regret The Sixth-Gen Camaro’s Looks

Some people love the design of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro while others absolutely hate it. No matter how you feel, the man who penned the vehicle’s design has no regrets about the design direction he took.

Muscle Cars and Trucks recently had the opportunity to sit down with the sixth-generation Camaro exterior design director, Tom Peters, who retired from General Motors earlier this year, and asked the designer if he had any regrets.

“Nope,” Peters responded. “We had the same team working on Camaro and C7… we wanted to add more sculpture, more flavor, and more unique shape to (the sixth-gen).”

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Controversy really hit the Chevrolet Camaro in early 2018 when the car manufacturer unveiled the facelifted model. The updated Camaro SS proved to be particularly disliked thanks in part to the relocation of its bowtie badge off the upper front grille and onto the center of the fascia. The internet didn’t hold back in its critique of the car’s new look and Chevrolet rushed to alter the design, premiering its Camaro SS Shock Concept just a few months later at last year’s SEMA Show. The 2020 Camaro facelift (pictured here) was introduced in May with the concept’s tweaked design.

While Chevrolet continues to update the Camaro, it might not stick around for all that long. In fact, a report from June claimed that work was recently suspended on the seventh-generation Camaro and that the car could soon be axed from the car manufacturer’s line-up.

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  • Six_Tymes

    The only thing they got wrong this year is the front end, last year was spot on good. Thankfully the ZL1 retains the very good looking front end.

    • Ben

      Your comment is spot on.

  • LJ

    The redesign doesn’t look nearly as bad in person, and I actually think the updated rear is a big improvement over the previous design.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well if he didn’t retire, GM probably would have fired him anyway.

    • Matt

      I doubt it. He’s worked at GM for over 20 years and involved with dozens of successful models including the C6 and C7 Vettes. You don’t fire someone like that.

  • Nordschleife

    After some gestation, I still don’t care for it but when it is painted in the gray, it looks good. I don’t know why but that;s the only color I like it in.

  • ChicagoBlah

    It’s too bad, the 2016 actually looked pretty sharp. I wonder if they thought changing the grill would help sales, I think the interior is what led to most people picking Mustang over the Camaro even if it was the better performer. The Mustang is better suited as a daily, or the Mopar options even though they are massive.

  • Thomas Elkins

    Ugly car. Previous model was a lot better.

  • john1168

    The 6th Gen Camaro was a great looking car…..until the refresh. The basics of the car still looked good but the new front end was just hideous and GM knew this because they had the fix all ready to go at SEMA right after the refresh came out. GM didn’t come up with it right away, they had it on the back burner ready to go.

    As for the cancellation of the 7th Gen Camaro, I’ll believe it when I see it. I do think it will be delayed and that there will be about two years without any Camaro. There was an article in gmauthority that said GM was waiting for another new platform to be completed and that it would be used for the 7th gen Camaro and that there would be about a two year period with no Camaro.

  • JayDub

    The design itself truly isn’t the fundamental problem. It’s how this *form* serves as a real car. It looks cool, no question. But drive one and you’re done with it. I did a back-to-back with a Mustang several years ago and sitting in that bunker made the decision easy. I understand you can get used to, and find ways to work around, things like blind spots, but the overall claustrophobia (dash binnacle, door sills, small windows (except for the windshield) added up to a less-than-comfy drive. The topper was the interior controls. Again, they look cool, but operating them – specially while drive – didn’t cut it. Word gets around fast, and people don’t have time to parse their feelings, so the entire design gets a thumbs-down. Understandable.

    • SteersUright

      exactly. And its not like the Mustang has great visibility or driving position either. Its just that much better than the unacceptably poor Camaro.

  • THE PRE-FACELIFTED MODEL WAS A NICE LOOKING CAR BUT I GUESS SINCE HE WAS RETIRING HE HAD NOTHING TO LOSE.

    • Bo Hanan

      He made the statement during his (forced retirement) exit-interview.

  • Craig

    It’s not bad. And it’s not great. And it should BE great.

  • SteersUright

    Of course he would say that. That said, the Camaro looks good enough, its only let down by an unacceptable visibility problem which GM further exacerbates with a ridiculously tall instrument binnacle.

  • schnittz

    The camaro facelift doesn’t look bad at all, Mustangs facelift on the other hand looks horrible!

  • iddqd

    well, the taillights are an improvement over the C8…

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