5th Generation 2006 Concept Car
Camaro and Firebird Enthusiasts waited patiently (but mostly impatiently!) for a 5th generation Camaro. No matter what the press event or enthusiast event – the first question to anyone at General Motors would be “And WHEN are you going to bring back the Camaro??? You might say that many prayers were answered and on the morning of January 9, 2006, a Camaro Concept Coupe was unveiled to the world at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Among the thousands to witness (in person) this dramatic unveil were 250 Camaro/Firebird Enthusiasts from around the world. Many tens of thousands also watched the unveiling in real-time on the Internet. From the moment that the Silver Camaro concept stuck its nose thru the doorway onto the stage, the world was captivated by the thoroughly modern style with Camaro heritage cues.
In August of 2006 in front of thousands of Camaro Enthusiasts, GM Employees and GM Suppliers, the announcement was made that the Camaro had just received a ‘green light’ to proceed with development. In early September, another announcement was made at the GM Assembly Plant in Oshawa, Ontario that, indeed, the new Camaro would be built at Oshawa – and once again, Camaro Enthusiasts from Canada and the United States were on-hand to hear the good news.
In July of 2007, the Camaro concept became a true movie star when "Bumblebee" became the star of the movie Transformers. Two identically prepared Camaro concepts (on GTO chassis) were built in record time for the movie. They currently tour the United States and Canada and captivate audiences of all ages. (after all – it’s not exactly easy to help save the world!)
The 5th Generation Camaro will go into production in the 4th quarter of 2008 and be available as a 2010 model in the first quarter of 2009. The production Camaro is very close to the concept from which it has been borne. There ARE differences, but the changes are so slight that the average person would be hard pressed to tell the concept from the production car at 50 paces.