Detroit. The Chevrolet Camaro, which for decades was the dream car of many American teens, will be discontinued.
General Motors, which sells the powerful sedan, announced Wednesday that it will stop making the current generation early next year.
The future of the car, which is used for NASCAR racing and other circuits, is a bit uncertain. General Motors says another generation may be in the works.
“While we are not announcing an immediate successor today, please be assured that this will not be the end of the Camaro story,” Scott Bell, Chevrolet vice president, wrote in a statement.
The current sixth-generation Camaro, launched in 2016, has done well on the racetrack, but sales have slumped in recent years. When the current-generation Camaro debuted, Chevrolet sold 72,705 units, but that number fell nearly 70% to 21,893 by the end of 2021. It rebounded slightly last year, at 24,652.
General Motors said the last 2024 model will roll off the assembly lines in Lansing, Michigan, in January.
GM spokesman Trevor Tompkins said he couldn’t say more about the Camaro’s future. “At the moment we are not saying anything specific,” he said.
If GM revives the Camaro, it will almost certainly be electric, said Stephanie Brinley, co-director of S&P Global Mobility. “It is unlikely that you will see another car with an internal combustion engine,” he added.
GM said that by 2035 it plans to sell only electric passenger cars globally.