GM Muscle Car’s Future Uncertain


General Motors announced Wednesday that it’s ending production of the latest generation of the Chevrolet Camaro, leaving the Ford Mustang as the last gasoline-powered American performance coupe. Stellantis had earlier announced it would stop production of the larger Dodge Challenger at the end of this year. Around the same time, Dodge executives revealed an electric muscle car concept car that, they said, provided a preview of a future model.

GM has not announced any future versions of the Camaro, although it teased that there will be some future for the brand. The current model is the sixth version of the Camaro in its history. It is built at the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan, which will stop building it in January, 2024.

In recent years, though, its sales have not matched those of the more popular Challenger or the Mustang. In 2022 GM reported US Camaro sales of nearly 25,000, slightly more than half of the nearly 48,000 Mustangs sold by Ford and less than half of the 55,000 Challengers sold by Dodge.

Ford unveiled a new generation of Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show last September. The new Mustang, which will go on sale next summer, will be purely gasoline powered, not electric or hybrid. This will mark the seventh generation and the 58th continuous year of production for the Mustang.