Here's Why 2020 Chevrolet Camaro Sales Have Been Halted

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This isn't great timing for Chevrolet, to say the least.

Chevrolet received a lot of criticism for the styling changes made to the 2019 Camaro. One year later, the 2020 Camaro arrived with a revised front-end, and the result is a dramatic improvement. The SS model no longer has a black bar on the grille and the bowtie is now located above the crossbar.

A new LT1 trim was also introduced to the lineup that includes all the features of the 1LT trim but adds the 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 from the SS trim and is available with either a six-speed manual or an optional ten-speed automatic. An improved 10-speed transmission also replaces the V6 Camaro's eight-speed automatic.

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While these changes are welcome, the 2020 Camaro has already hit a roadblock. According to GM Authority, Chevrolet has ordered a stop sale on certain 2020 Camaros due to an emissions issue that could lead to recalls.

GM is investigating a problem relating to the car's evaporative emissions canister, which could bleed emissions that exceed the standard set for the specified for the Bleed Emissions Test Procedure. Around 2,000 Camaros for the 2020 model year equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine could be affected by this issue.

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As a result, dealers aren't allowed to sell these vehicles until the emissions issue has been resolved. Once the investigation has been completed, GM will publish the results and notify owners if a recall is necessary.

The timing isn't ideal, as Camaro sales have been slumping. This year, Camaro sales figures dropped by 15 percent in the third quarter and were also down Q2. In 2018, Chevrolet only sold 50,963 Camaros, a 25 percent drop from the year before. The Camaro is also consistently outsold by its main rivals, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Consequently, the Camaro may not be renewed for the seventh generation and could be axed after 2023.

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