It may have seen a few delays during its development, but a convertible version of Chevrolet’s Camaro could be closer than ever to reaching production.
Automotive News reports that General Motors has awarded Magna International the contract to produce and supply convertible tops for the ragtop Camaro. The contract, which calls for roughly 20,000 tops annually, is one of the largest of its ilk in North America, and will likely rival the supply contract for the Ford Mustang convertible.
GM had previously selected Edscha AG as its roof systems supplier for the Camaro, but the German firm’s insolvency last year was largely attributed to the delayed launch. Although Webasto acquired the supplier’s assets, GM wanted to avoid any potential headaches.
Magna, which already supplies convertible roofs for the Corvette, will build Camaro tops in its plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and ship them to GM’s factory in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Production of Camaro convertibles should begin in 2011.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)