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Hooray for Camaro


Tomorrow’s NYT has an article about the surprising success of Chevy’s 2010 Camaro. Pretty good news for GM, and that means pretty good news for all of us, since GM is our car company. “G.M. sold 9,300 Camaros during the month of June — more than either its entire Buick or Cadillac divisions could muster on their own.” Wow!

The article ends with a description of one of the Camaro’s buyers, “a 40-year-old elementary school principal who bought a silver V-8 Camaro in June. He hadn’t bought a GM car in a decade, but “traded in his Honda Civic hybrid to buy the Camaro. He even gave up his California-issued sticker to drive in hybrid-only carpool lanes to get behind the wheel of his new muscle car. … [He] said the Camaro has improved his impression of G.M. to the point where he has put a deposit down on a Chevrolet Volt, the hybrid-electric model due out next year.”

Lawrence Ulrich reviewed the Camaro back in mid-April for the NYT, and tomorrow’s article led me back to the review. Ulrich notes that the version with the V-6 engine has a highway rating of 29 m.p.g., “better highway mileage than you will get from a slew of less powerful V-6 models, including not just the Mustang and the Challenger but the Toyota Camry sedan and the Honda Accord coupe.” It may be a muscle car, but it isn’t a gas guzzler. And if you’d rather go for the V-8 engine, borrowed from the Corvette, keep in mind that it too is economical — it can run on 4 cylinders.

I’ll leave you with one great line from Ulrich’s review: “With its huge 18-, 19- or 20-inch tires, the Camaro grips like Rod Blagojevich at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser.”

Go GM!

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  1. dcollingwood
    July 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    After I heard that Lutz is coming back to “help out”
    I lost a lot of my optimism about a future GM…

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