Nearly two weeks ago, we reported news of a "quality
assessment" issue with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that was
holding up deliveries and further production. We checked in with
Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran today to get some clarification on
where things stand with the 580-horsepower coupe after being alerted
by a reader that Camaro5 forum members with the car on order are
growing increasingly frustrated with the delay, seemingly unable to
get a clear status update on the fate of their vehicles.
General Motors is declining to say what the nature of the problem is,
but Doran says the automaker is confident they are close to a fix that
will enable deliveries "in the weeks, not months."
Doran estimates that GM has built "a couple of hundred" 2012
ZL1 models, but only one was delivered to a customer, and that example
was handed over due to a dealer error and subsequently reclaimed
pending the update. Any ZL1s that were delivered to dealers are back
at Chevrolet's Oshawa, Ontario plant awaiting the fix.
Given that the ZL1 was to launch in spring, the high-performance coupe
was already looking at an unusually short model year. This stoppage
could mean that the 2012 model year run will be even shorter. Doran
says GM hopes and expects that when production does resume that it
will do so with 2012 models, but he admits that depending on timing,
it's possible that Oshawa could transition directly to 2013 model year
builds. Either way, contrary to rumors, ZL1 models already built will
be delivered as 2012 models. Doran also indicates that GM has
instructed its dealers to not accept further orders for 2012 models at
GM acknowledges that this is an unfortunate situation – particularly
because the ZL1 is a hotly anticipated model where some eager
customers have had their deposits in for six months or more – but
Doran says Chevy wants to focus on "getting the car right"
so that customers are satisfied in the end.
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