Originally Posted by JeremyNYR
It really doesn't make much financial sense to add a 3rd engine to the Camaro lineup (or replace an existing engine) unless it truely increases sales to do so.
But what about if it increases CAFE? That's what I wonder about more than sales.
Remember, they have to realize a 25 percent improvement from 2011-2015.
Reports have indicated that a RWD Impala was killed over a 1 mpg difference over continuing with FWD.
If GM added an engine to the Camaro that could increase highway mileage to 30, it could have an impact - and would also let them add Camaro to their "Chevy cars that get more than 30 MPG" schtick.
If they did this, I wouldn't view it so much as a "downgrade" but the inclusion of an additional engine.
The Malibu LTZ and Saturn Aura XR (the top of the line models) received 2.4/6 Speed powertrains as standard for 2009 whereas they used to have a standard 3.6. This increased their fuel economy and cut their prices a little.
The Saturn Vue XR now comes standard with a 2.4 and 4 speed whereas it used to have a standard 3.6. It's $1,100 cheaper, but I'm sure a 3.6 is much more expensive than an Ecotec.
Nonetheless, GM has definitely been adding new base engines with better fuel economy.