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Re: 6th Gen Camaro to be the last (for a while)
I think the general consensus is that Ford is/was the master of retro styling when it comes to this category. Dodge did a very commendable job, but Ford just blew everyone away with the 2005 design, and they've progressed since then. Seems a shame that with all the supposed marketing smarts in the automotive business, GM basically blew it over and over since the "reintroduction".
What's really pathetic is that with the '69 design having become such an iconic one, GM didn't survey tons of '69 owners and do focus groups with them. Have you ever seen a tv commercial for a camaro in the past 10 years? Ford has been so successful with sales they did little to advertise, but Dodge has been a very aggressive tv marketeer, and it's kept the Challenger selling enough to keep it a strong number two.
We now know that Ford considers the Mustang brand so strong they're introducing an electric powered Mustang crossover to expand the brands appeal to family folks. Many current young Mustang owners are scowling, but those past Mustang owners who are now married with a kid or two, and maybe even thinking Tesla... all of a sudden they might be thinking Mach E with 0-60 performance that rivals the 5.0 coyote. Is it marketing genius or a disaster in the making? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, the Camaro seems to be destined to join Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Mercury, Plymouth, DeSoto, Thunderbirds, and many more once famous brands that are now buried. The sad thing is that Ford is still selling a ton of Mustangs, Dodge is selling plenty of Challengers, so there IS a market for a 2+2 performance 2-door car... if it's decent looking and competitive.
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