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According to Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, out of all the 2010 model cars and trucks on our roads today, the one most likely to draw collector interest 25 years from now is (drum roll please) the Chevrolet Camaro.
Charles Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, stated that the NAHC collectible vehicle of the future award “is unique among all the ‘Vehicle of the Year’ awards, because it is selected by ‘car buffs’ who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year’s new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2035.”
And according to said members, which arrived at their decision from analyzing 13 all or significantly new vehicles for the 2010 model year, the Camaro received top honors. It probably isn’t surprising. The current Camaro has been one of the most hyped cars in recent memory, with a long gestation period and high media profile, starring in numerous movies and TV shows. It also delivers a great blend of acceleration, handling, braking, customizing potential and cool factor for a reasonable price, ingredients that many experts say bode well for future collectibility.
But getting back to the NAHC awards, what is interesting is that past winners, even those cars built within the last 15 years, are already starting to draw collector interest. Those include the 1995 Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora, 2004 Chrysler 300, the 2005 Ford Mustang and 2008 Dodge Challenger.
It will also be interesting to see, that come 2035, the amount of current generation Camaros will still be on the road in relation to ’69 models, which still rank as one of the most popular enthusiast cars of all time.
The Chevrolet Camaro won the World Car Design of the Year award at the New York Auto Show, beating the other two finalists, the Kia Soul and the Citroen C3 Picasso.
The finalists were chosen by an international panel of five design experts and a jury of 59 automotive journalists selected the Camaro above the others.
The award ceremony avoided a potentially embarrassing situation which would have occurred had the Citroen C3 Picasso won. Unlike the other finalists in any of the four awards handed out, the Citroen was not present at the Javits Center. Apparently, it was being held up in customs.
Gallery: Chevrolet Camaro
The month of November marks six consecutive months that the Chevrolet Camaro has outsold the Ford Mustang, but the Camaro’s sales success reaches beyond the realm of sports cars. In fact, the Camaro seems to be gaining a lot of fans among mainstream buyers as the muscle car’s numbers surpass those of entire automakers and even push past some of GM’s popular products.
In November, Chevy sold 6,827 Camaros, bringing the cars sales tally to 54,100 units. In comparison, Ford managed to sell just 3,627 Mustangs and Dodge moved just 2,040 Challengers. Chevy is even making big profits on the car as roughly two-thirds of all Camaros sold are the pricier V8-powered SS models, which Chevy says cost about the same to produce as their V6 brethren.
What comes as a shock is that in the month of November, Chevy sold more Camaros than Cobalts - a vehicle that should be one of the brand’s highest volume models, but moved just 5,112 units.
More impressive yet is that in November Camaro sales topped the entire lineup of vehicles sold from companies like Audi, Mitsubishi, Lincoln, Volvo, Porsche, Smart, as well as those from GM rejects Hummer, Saab and Saturn.
The data seems to suggest that the car has plenty of mainstream appeal, although there are some worries at GM that the ride is already over. The impressive sale of 6,827 units in November is down 17 percent from the 8,082 Camaros sold in October. Winter weather is also likely to be a big factor in reducing sales of the RWD sports car.
Ford has had it easy in the Pony car segment ever since 2002 when Chevrolet stopped selling the Camaro, but the iconic Chevy is back and making its presence felt. For the fist time since 1993 the Camaro out-sold the Mustang for a whole month.
The numbers weren’t even close as the new Camaro sold 9,320 units compared to the Mustang’s 7,362 units.
Chevy is actually having a tough time keeping up with demand for its new Pony Car and the Oshawa, Canada facility where the Camaro is built is running extra shifts and delaying workers’ holidays in order to keep up with demand.
The new Camaro is also one of the few silver linings to GM’s otherwise gray cloud as the automaker is currently in chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and has suffered drastic sales decreases over last year.
Mark LaNeve, GM’s VP of vehicle sales said that the Camaro was selling at double the expected volume and that the automaker currently only has a 6 day supply of vehicles, compared to an industry average of 67 days. Demand is so high that some customers are actually paying over the suggested retail price, something unheard of for a GM product.
While the Camaro is in the lead for the month off June, the Mustang is still ahead overall, but it could be a tight race come December. The last time the Camaro came out on top for a year was back in 1985.
[Source: Automotive News]
Chevrolet has just released boat-loads of information on the new 2010 Camaro, but one of the most surprising revelations is that the base-model V6 sportscar will get 29 mpg on the highway.
As for city driving, the V6-powered LS and LT models will get 18 mpg with the automatic transmission and 17 mpg with the manual transmission. Also impressive is the fact that both the 6.2-liter V8 engines that come in the SS (the L99 making 400 hp and 410 ft-lbs of torque and the LS3 making 426hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque) get a rating of 16/25 mpg with the auto. and 16/24 mpg with the manual.
This is important because it means no Camaro offered is subject tot he federal gas guzzler tax.
All this fuel economy might sound great you’re saying to yourself, but what about the power. The good news is that the LS and LT models not only get great mileage but they make 304hp at 5900 rpm and 273 ft-lbs of torque at 5200 rpm. The engine is a cast aluminum 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection and even with a compression ratio of 11.3:1 it uses regular pump gas.
GALLERY: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
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