I‘m afraid it’s the beginning of the end for GM.Gentlemen, start your Enron. What a joke. GM has announced a redesigned 2008/2009 Camaro that’s about as relevant to today’s world as a Revolutionary War musket. This in the same week that Ford is slashing production 20% because of their dogged determination to keep marketing gas-guzzling Neanderthal road-hogs. What kind of drugs are these guys doing? Can I have some, please?
We’ve got carbon levels rising, and a worldwide water crisis that threatens to eclipse today’s worries about oil. All GM can come up with is this atavistic offering, appealing to the grossest of human macho impulses. Vroom, vroom. My cock’s bigger than your cock.
What will it take for the American public to make the connection between consumption, environmental destruction, and war? You know, the old bumper sticker about “How many lives per gallon?“
If oil externalities were priced in, and carbon offsets paid, (not to mention Iraq war deaths) pump prices would more than double, and this car would never make it to the prodution line. The whole petro-enterprise is based on false premises and government subsidies. China and India’s fuel demand are helping push prices to a more realistic level. (And even biofuels require scarce water for production). Maybe those countries can also sell us the efficient and sustainable cars that we can afford to drive. I hope GM gets a clue. Otherwise, they deserve to join the dinosaurs.
This car is obscene, the designer driving it should be designing video games. This car would be right at home in a simulator, along with the other muscle-cars of the designers’ boyhood. There, they could motor on–safe from any real-world consequences.
Will the real car designers please stand up? You know, the ones who create efficient electric cars that are ALSO fun to drive.
My comment at the GM blog, which I don’t think has a snowball’s chance of being published:
This is not a sustainable vehicle. I agree it looks/sounds great. But this kind of “innovation” is not going to keep GM from going bankrupt. Nor will it reduce the need for continued U.S. imports of oil from nasty parts of the world. I’d be amazed if the new Camaro gets more than the low 20’s average fuel economy.
We need real leadership from GM, which includes sustainable mobility. Flex-fuel vehicles are not enough without an equal amount of work on the supply-side. We need serious innovation and efficiency gains. There’s not enough cropland or water in this country to support biofuels at 20MPG. No amount of fuel would be enough if we keep wasting it.
Come on, GM, where’s the plug-in version of this car? Where’s your carbon-fiber 100MPG version?
You guys are hopelessly locked in to old ways of thinking. Macho exhaust sound may please some buyers, but it is a path to financial ruin for GM, and planetary crisis for the rest of us.
Note: It’s sad to look back on articles like this, and recognize the tremendous lost opportunity for GM and other large auto manufacturers. Tesla announced its original Roadster in 2006 and delivered its first model in February 2008. And then over the next decade grew to become the largest auto maker in the world (by market cap). Only by the late 20-teens did legacy automakers recognize what they had to do–right around the time when sales of internal combustion engine vehicles peaked in 2017. By 2025, electric vehicles will finally reach mass market adoption, as EVs reach 25% of total vehicles sold. Why did it take a complete upstart like Tesla to come along and convince car makers to do the thing that has been obvious to many of us for a couple of decades? –Sean Prophet, August 2022