Chevrolet Camaro shifting from Commodore platform

February 8th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has only been around for less than a year but according to fresh reports, GM is already considering its replacement. The current model is based on GM’s Zeta rear-wheel drive platform that was developed by Holden, Australia. While the Zeta platform, also used in the Commodore is generally praised for its dynamics, it still isn’t perfect. The platform is heavy and many of the originally planned applications have not been developed, which has raised the per vehicle cost in the process.

Last year during its bankruptcy, GM showed off many of its upcoming vehicles to members of the media, including a new smaller Cadillac dubbed ATS. The ATS makes use of a new rear-wheel drive platform that has been referred to as Alpha. GM hadn’t officially named the ATS platform, but it did state that it would be shared with the next-generation CTS which will likely increase in size to better compete with the BMW 5 Series. Given the harsh economics of profitable car manufacturing and the volumes expected for both the Cadillacs and the Camaro, it makes sense that the Camaro would move over to the Alpha architecture. Especially because one of the goals for all three models will be reduced mass, necessary to meet new fuel economy standards and improve performance.

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