The refreshed 2019 Camaro gains a host of new features, including some (controversially) restyled front and rear fascias, a revised hood extractor, Rear Camera Mirror, Forward Collision Alert, new infotainment system, and a 10-speed automatic transmission. But in the process, it loses a feature that is likely to be missed by some – the Garage Door Opener, also known as Universal Home Remote or Home Link.
GM Authority has uncovered that the Universal Garage Door Opener is no longer available on any 2019 Camaro model, trim level or equipment group – either as a standard feature or as an option. By comparison, the 2018 Camaro featured the functionality standard on the 2LT, 2SS and ZL1 trim levels
Lower Price Theory
Sales of the sixth-generation Camaro have been distinctly lower compared to those of its predecessor, a circumstance that Chevrolet officials have attributed to the current model being more expensive than the last one.
In that regard, removing certain features across the board and undercutting the competition in price might improve sixth-gen Camaro sales during the second half of its lifecycle, which starts with the 2019 Camaro.
Profit Margin Theory
Another perspective on the deletion of the Universal Home Remote is that of a balancing act in the name of profitability. Since the 2019 Camaro adds a few high-cost premium features like the Rear Camera Mirror and the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission as options on SS models, it could very well be that deleting other features (like the Garage Door Opener) balances out the profit equation for GM/Chevrolet.
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