General Motors is currently retrofitting and shipping build-shy Chevy Camaro units as new microchip supplies trickle in.
In response to the ongoing global microchip shortage, General Motors has implemented a number of different strategies to keep production lines moving. One of these is known as a “build-shy” strategy, wherein vehicles are produced in an unfinished state, then stored as new microchip supplies are sourced. Once new microchips are acquired, the vehicles are then completed and shipped out to dealers, as is the case with new units of the Chevy Camaro.
Production of the Chevy Camaro has been an on-again, off-again affair throughout the 2021 calendar year. As GM Authority covered previously, General Motors idled Camaro production at the automaker’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan back in May. Production resumed later in June, only to be idled once again in September and restarted again last week.
Now, build-shy 2021 Chevy Camaro units are being retrofitted and shipped out the dealers. For the moment, details are scarce, and it’s currently unknown how many units of the 2021 Chevy Camaro are waiting for chips.
Build-shy units of the 2022 Chevy Camaro are also scheduled for retrofits, but the timeframe surrounding that is also currently unclear.
Moving forward, 2022 Chevy Camaro models will not be available with the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine option until at least November due to ongoing supply level constraints, as GM Authority covered previously. The LGX engine slots in above the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine in Camaro LS and LT models.
Furthermore, certain features for the 2022 Chevy Camaro have limited availability, including the ZL1 and ZL1 with A1Z (ZL1 1LE Extreme Track Performance Package), Redline Edition (WBL), and the Rapid Blue exterior color (GMO). Other features are totally unavailable, including the Shock & Steele Edition (B2E), and the LT1 engine with the six-speed manual transmission (MN6) without dual model exhaust (NPP). It is expected that each of these features will become available later on in the 2022 model year.
For now, Chevy Camaro sales trail those for segment rivals like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Two-Door Sports Cars - Q3 2021 - USA
|MODEL||Q3 21 / Q3 20||Q3 21||Q3 20||Q3 21 SHARE||Q3 20 SHARE||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20|
|MAZDA MX-5 MIATA||+25.69%||2,931||2,332||9%||5%||+44.44%||9,608||6,652|
|FIAT 124 SPIDER||-85.82%||59||416||0%||1%||-32.71%||932||1,385|