The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro could live on until the 2026 model year, according to a recent report out of Australia.
The last we heard, General Motors was planning to pull the plug on the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro in 2023 following the end of production of the 2024 model year vehicle. However a new report from Whichcar.com.au indicates GM will extend the production end date to the 2026 model year.
While this is the first we’ve heard of a supposed production extension for the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro, it appears to make sense. GM has already committed to the Australian Supercars series’ new Gen3 ruleset and will race a sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the championship from the 2022 season onward. It wouldn’t be very cost effective or practical to make a multi-year commitment to a racing series with a vehicle that will go out of production not even 24 months later, so there just may be some substance to these rumors.
Additionally, the Whichcar report indicates GM is looking at re-introducing the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro to the Australian market by as early as next year. Again, it wouldn’t make much sense for GM to go through the trouble of setting up a program to ship Camaros to Australia and convert them to right-hand-drive locally only to pull the plug less than two years later. If the Camaro is confirmed for the General Motors Special Vehicles lineup, it would certainly add some credence to the claims that it will live on past its current planned 2023 end date.
The sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro was briefly offered in Australia via Holden Special Vehicles, which shipped both SS and ZL1 trim level models to Australia before converting them to RHD for local consumption. The more competitively priced Ford Mustang made the converted HSV Camaro a hard sell, however, and the company was forced to pull the plug on the program. GMSV will apparently get a better deal on the vehicles from GM in Detroit than HSV did, which may enable it to offer the Camaro for a lower price.