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2012 Chevrolet Camaro Graces Europe with Exclusive Styling 19
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Chevy Camaro, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Chevy Camaro, European Camaro, News on 06 19th, 2012

The European version of the Chevrolet Camaro, finally reaching Europe as a 2012 model after a decade-long hiatus, receives exclusive styling tweaks that American Camaro fans may grow envious of.

The new 2012 Camaro, finally making its return to Europe, gets slightly different styling from the American version. The most noticeable changes are found on the rear of the vehicle with new LED taillights and rear fascia design. Additionally, European Camaros, both convertible and coupe versions, will all be powered by the 6.2-liter V8 engines found in SS trims here in America.

Other design characteristics unique to the European Camaro are reflectors positioned just above the exhaust pipes and larger side review mirrors. With the new 2013 Ford Mustang getting a well-perceived design refreshing, we are sure to see American Camaro owners adopt the new European styling from aftermarket suppliers very soon.

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Mustang Sales Losing Ground To Camaro 17
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2012 Chevy Camaro, 2012 Ford Mustang, Automotive, Chevrolet, Ford, Kurt, News, Pony Cars on 06 17th, 2011

The 2012 Camaro ZL1. Image: © GM Corp.

Last year, the redesigned Chevrolet Camaro squeaked by the Mustang to take the top place in the pony car sales wars. Not content to rest on their laurels, Chevy built excitement for the Camaro by announcing the ZL1 and host of special edition versions, in both V-6 and V-8 flavors. Ford countered with the Boss 302 Mustang, a track day terror that’s also surprisingly civil as a daily driver. Ford didn’t boost V-6 or V-8 horsepower for 2012, because they did that for 2011. With both cars so evenly matched, why is Ford losing ground month by month to Chevy?

One reason is availability of the 3.7-liter V-6 used in the Mustang. The engine is also used in the F-150 pickup, and new truck buyers are opting for V-6 engines over V-8s, primarily for their better fuel economy. Today’s V-6 engines make power comparable to V-8s of just a few years back, so the choice is a logical one. Mustang buyers are thinking along the same lines, and demand for the V-6 variant has grown from 40 percent of sales in 2010 to 51 percent of sales in 2011. Here’s where the problem comes in: Ford sells nearly seven times as many F-Series trucks as they do Mustangs, so guess where the lion’s share of the 3.7-liter V-6 engine allocation goes?

Ford’s attempting to increase production of the engine to meet demand, and inventory levels of the Mustang V-6 are roughly half what they were this time last year. It doesn’t look like that will improve any time soon, so if you’re in the market for a V6 Mustang, you may need to shop a little harder than you expected to.

Source: Automotive News







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