Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, announced the discontinuation of the sixth-generation Camaro muscle car after nine model years in a Wednesday press release.
The final 2024 model year Camaros are scheduled leave the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Jan. 2024, the company wrote in the release.
Global Chevrolet Vice President Scott Bell described the difficulty of overstating “our gratitude to every Camaro customer, Camaro assembly line employee and race fan,” but added in the release that although “we are not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story.”
The release stated that the sixth generation of the iconic car will continue to compete in automobile races from NASCAR to the Supercars Championship, with Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance and Motorsports Jim Campbell stating that the company plans “to continue to compete and win at the highest levels of auto racing.”
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Despite the Camaro’s iconic stature as a “dream car” for many Americans, sales between 2016, when the sixth generation was introduced, and 2021 declined by nearly 70 percent, according to The Associated Press.
The retirement of the sixth generation Camaro comes as muscle cars are being increasingly phased out due to strict environmental regulations and a shift in focus by many automobile companies toward plans for the production of electric cars, the outlet reported. (RELATED: GM Offers To Buy Out Buick Dealerships Refusing To Toe The Line On Electric Cars)
Chevrolet’s release also outlined a special “Collector’s Edition” package reflecting the 1960s roots of the model line for 2024 Camaro RS, SS and select ZL1 models. The package will include a reference to the “Panther” codename utilized during its initial development.