General Motors Could Replace the Camaro With an Electric-Performance Sedan
【Summary】Due to slow sales of the Camaro sports car compared to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet could end production of its sports car after the current generation.
Compared to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Chevrolet Camaro hasn't been able to keep up in sales. For whatever reason, Chevrolet has a hard time selling as many sports cars as its main rival. While Ford and Dodge both have plans to keep their sporty cars around in some kind of capacity as the world moves toward electric cars, Chevrolet could be moving in a different direction.
Camaro Might Not Make It
Automotive News put out a report outlining the future of its lineup. While pickup trucks will retain their internal combustion engines in the future, the Camaro isn't as lucky. The American sports car will "ride out the current generation before making way for EVs." According to the outlet, the Camaro will be discontinued to make way for an electric performance sedan.
The report is surprising and Chevrolet hasn't confirmed or denied the news. The Camaro nameplate is historic and has always been a direct competitor to vehicles like the Mustang and Challenger. With Ford and Dodge reportedly looking into high-performance sports cars with electrified platforms, it doesn't make a lot of sense for Chevy to completely ditch the segment. Additionally, Chevrolet has shared a few silhouettes of upcoming electric cars, and one looked oddly similar to a sports car with the same overall design as the Camaro.
Where Will Chevy Go From Here?
If Chevrolet were to kill off the Camaro sports car, we at least expect the name to stick around. Ford slapped the Mustang name onto the Mach-E crossover and Dodge will probably do something similar with its upcoming electric muscle car. Electric powertrains have impressive performance capability, so placing the Camaro name onto a sedan is fitting. The vehicle will most likely use the brand's Ultium batteries. Looking at just how powerful the GMC Hummer EV is, we're sure performance for the electric sedan won't be an issue.
There's not a lot of information on the upcoming electric sedan. The vehicle will become one of just 30 new electric vehicles that will become available by 2025. The car also fits into General Motors' plan to become carbon neutral by 2040.
So far, coming out with the Mustang Mach-E has proven to be a great move for Ford. The electric crossover has quickly become one of the more popular EVs on the market. For the first time in the model's short history, production of the Mustang Mach-E outpaced the regular sports car in June. So, Chevrolet's not crazy to think about a different future for the Camaro name.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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