Emerging from the smoldering remains of “Old GM”, the fifth-generation Camaro arrived just in time to ride a new wave of enthusiasm for the revamped automaker as it rose from the ashes of bankruptcy. Since its 2009 debut, the fifth-gen Camaro has risen to the top of the sales charts, regularly tromping its competitors from Ford and Fiat-Chrysler.
But all good things must come to an end, as does production of the fifth-generation Camaro, with the final 2015 model rolling off the assembly line as a fully-loaded 580 horsepower ZL1.
Al Oppenheiser, who along with Bob Lutz was one of the driving forces behind the fifth-gen Camaro, posted the following to his Facebook:
“We take the sacred walk today along with the last 5th Generation Camaro, a ZL1 that will find its home at our GM Heritage Museum. Emotional for all of the right reasons, this is a day filled with many highs and lows, as we recount 7 years of memories with our Oshawa family. This is why the Camaro is more than a car to us.”
With the end of production of the 2015 Camaro, the Oshawa plant enters the final stages of its inevitable shutdown with production of the 2016 Camaro moving to Lansing, Michigan. It’s an emotional day for both Camaro fans and employees of Oshawa, though the future of both GM and the Camaro has never looked bright. The new Chevy sports car is by most measures a better car than the highly-praised 2015 Mustang, and GM is no doubt salivating at the thought of reclaiming the sports car sales crown.
But before then, let’s pay our respects to a car that was the vanguard of New GM, harkening a new era of great cars from America’s foremost automaker.