SAD: Iconic American Muscle Car Canceled

( – The iconic Chevrolet Camaro, the dream car of American teenagers for many generations, will no longer be made, its producer, General Motors, has announced.

In a statement on Wednesday, General Motors said the sixth generation of the Chevrolet Camaro would go out of production at the beginning of 2024.

“After nine strong model years in the market, with hundreds of thousands sold, the sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro will retire at the conclusion of model year 2024. The final sixth generation Camaros will come off the assembly line at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan in January 2024,” the company revealed.

The Chevy Camaro has raced on NASCAR and other circuits. The current generation, introduced in 2016, “has done well on the racetrack,” The New York Post points out.

Nevertheless, its sales have been on the decline: in 2016, Chevrolet sold 72,705 sixth-generation Camaros.

However, in 2021, the sales fell to 21,893, a decline of almost 70% compared with the debut year.

In 2022, the Chevy Camaro saw a slight rebound in sales to 24,652.

“Whether it is picking up awards for on-road performance, or race wins and championships at tracks across the world, Camaro has demonstrated Chevrolet’s ability to win in the most demanding environments,” General Motor declared.

The statement hinted that the automaker might be developing a seventh generation of the Chevrolet Camaro.

“While we are not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story,” said Scott Bell, vice president of Chevrolet.

At the same time, spokesman Trevor Thompkins declined to reveal anything about the company’s plans for a future Camaro.

“We’re not saying anything specific right now,” he said, as cited by the NYP.

Thompkins added that General Motors had an arrangement with auto-racing sanctioning bodies allowing the sixth-generation car to continue racing.

He concluded that the Camaro body would remain on the race track and GM would have the necessary parts available.

NASCAR said Generation 6 Camaro remains qualified to race in NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series races.

That is because it was in production when General Motors originally received permission to race.

The General Motors statement has also revealed that the company will offer “a collector’s edition package of the 2024 Camaro RS and SS in North America, and a limited number of high-performance ZL-1 Camaros.”

The collector’s edition cars will have ties to the first-generation Camaro from 1966 and its GM code name, “Panther,” the company said, promising more specifics later.