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SIXTH-GENERATION CHEVROLET CAMARO COULD LIVE UNTIL 2026 MODEL YEAR: REPORT

This Adjusted Timeline Would Keep The Current Camaro Around For Two More Years

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As Muscle Cars & Trucks first reported way back in June of 2019, the original plans for what was to be the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro were dropped. The sixth-generation Camaro would fade into darkness by 2023, which would be followed by some gap years for the nameplate (again), at minimum.. Since then, there have been unconfirmed suspicions of the Camaro being reborn as an electric vehicle, with General Motors going as far as teasing what’s assumed to be the silhouette of one on top of a chassis made up of Ultium battery packs. Moreover, GM is reportedly planning to build an electric vehicle at the Camaro’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant by 2024, just after the gen-six Camaro fades into darkness. However, this vehicle could just as well be a Cadillac.

Yet, there’s a shimmer of hope for the current Camaro faithful: a new report coming from Australia’s WhichCar details that the final model year for the sixth-generation Chevrolet muscle car will be extended from 2024 to 2026; a full two extra years.

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Image Via Chevrolet.

Australia is expected to get the Camaro, along with the C8 Corvette, via the newly launched GM Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) brand. GMSV exists in lieu of the discontinued Holden brand, which has been officially discontinued after a dragged out slow death. In its place, GMSV imports high-interest Chevrolet vehicles such as the Silverado, Corvette, and soon-to-be Camaro, and either sells them or converts them into right-hand-drive (RHD) models. After the Camaro, the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban three-row utility vehicles are expected to be next on the to-do list for RHD importing.

According to the WhichCar report, GMSV is looking at re-introducing a RHD-converted Chevrolet Camaro in both high-end SS and ZL1 trim levels as soon as the 2021 calendar year, in order to compete with the Ford Mustang in Australia’s famous Supercars racing series.

While it’s difficult to determine what this means for the Chevrolet Camaro beyond the sixth-generation, tacking on two more model year’s to the muscle car’s lifecycle could give General Motors the necessary time to come up with a plan to keep the vehicle alive for generations to come.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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