Interview with Shad D. Balch, Environment & Energy
Communications Specialist for GM
LOS ANGELES --
revealed its all-new 2011 Camaro Convertible on the first of two
press days at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is the first
time the Camaro will come with a soft top in eight years. The convertible
is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 312 hp and 278
ft.-lb. of torque. It comes with a fuel economy of 29 mpg on the
highway and a starting price of $30,000. The Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
will enter production in January 2011 and will be available in dealers
around the end of April.
In terms of
an electric version, GM Communications Specialist Shad D. Balch
replied: "It's hard to say. There's certainly a lot of enthusiasm
with the Volt, the extended-range electric vehicle. I'm sure a lot
of people are going to consider that technology for a lot of other
applications. It could be Camaro, could be Corvette. We'll just
have to wait and see."
of the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible include a V-shaped front, halo
ring headlamps, a spoiler and 20-inch wheels. The interior color
is inferno orange. It also comes with front/side/head-curtain airbags,
air conditioning, a console with an arm rest, two power outlets,
an anti-theft system, fog lamps, AM/FM/XM/CD stereo system with
six speakers, two cup holders, power windows/mirrors/locks and reading
here has leather interior, we're looking at a red interior with
a black trims, leather stitching," Balch added. "The soft
top convertible has double stitching all throughout, a very durable
The new Camaro
Convertible is 190.4 inches long, 75.5 inches wide and 54.2 inches
high. The wheelbase is 112.3 inches.
is iconic right? It's the icon for the muscle car," the communications
specialist explained. "When we debuted the concept several
years back, the excitement and the enthusiasm for the look and feel
of the car was just paramount. As you can tell, we kept the concept
design, brought to life the actual version that we showed initially.
It's just sort of taken a life of it's own. Camaro has outsold Mustang
ever since we launched the car. It represents the roots of Chevrolet
from the performance perspective."
to build 20,000 units of the Camaro Convertible at GM's plant in
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in the first year. Production after that
will be based on its sales.
Hot Wheels announced
a partnership with Chevrolet to give away limited edition model
cars of the Camaro Convertible during the public days of the 2010
L.A. Auto Show. Visitors should check with product specialists periodically
throughout each day of the show to get their free model car. Supplies
are limited for the free Hot Wheels car. The Chevrolet exhibit also
features a high-tech photo booth where attendees can get a motion
capture image of themself interacting with the car.
I think the
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible looks really sweet. I didn't know that
the Camaro came in a convertible version until now. It is definitely
the perfect car for the President or CEO of a company. I don't think
it is priced for someone who is early in their career. Other than
that, it should be a hot seller for GM!