They can mass produced hydroformed frames. Each Chevy truck has one. :thumbs:Editguy said::agree: Unless they find a way to mass produce hydroformed frames.
That's interesting. I had wondered why the SSR was as expensive as it is, but that makes sense.Fformula88 said:The Camaro on a kappa frame is a rumor from long ago, and long since debunked. If there is a new Camaro, it will be on Zeta, or a modified version (such as Zeta light). Not on Kappa.
They can mass produced hydroformed frames. Each Chevy truck has one. :thumbs:
It is the hydroformed body panels that are a limiting factor. They use them on Solstice because it is cheaper than stamped steel would be (dies are cheaper). But there is no reason you couldn't use stamped steel bodies if you wanted to really mass produce a car on a kappa like chassis. It just isn't cost effective at the Solstice's sales volume, and with it's elaborate curves. (For instance, the SSR uses stamped steel, and to form the complex shapes takes numerous stamps which is one reason it costs so much.)
The name restriction was due to an agreement with the Canadian government that they would only build Firebirds/Camaros at the St Therese, Quebec plant through a certain year. I believe that agreement expires in 2007 (or right around then). After that, they can use the name on a car built anywhere.dealernut said:I was under the impression that the Trans Am and the Camaro were both under naming restriction due to the early contract closures in Mexico. Last I heard, which was a meeting in Detroit, they were not planning to do anything. There was rumor of a Chevelle to go along with the GTO in the Zeta zone.