What Does Camaro Mean?

by Mike Parker

The Chevrolet Camaro was originally conceived as an answer to the surging popularity of Ford's newly introduced Mustang. Young, muscular and sporty, the Camaro was actively advertised on Top 40 radio to the young adult, primarily male, population. Originally introduced in 1966 for the 1967 model year, the Camaro initially shared many of the same design features as Pontiac's Firebird. The vehicle went through four design generations between 1966 and 2002. A fifth generation of the Camaro was introduced for the 2009 model year.


The name Camaro was originally coined by General Motors as a brand name for its new sports car.


Some reports indicate that GM researchers discovered the word in a French dictionary and that it was a slang term that meant "friend."

Previous Designations

Early designations for the new concept car that was eventually named the Camaro were Panther, Chaparral and XP-836.

Fun Fact

Chevrolet product managers once defined a Camaro as "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs."

Time Frame

The base price of a new 1967 Camaro was $2,466.

About the Author

Mike Parker is a full-time writer, publisher and independent businessman. His background includes a career as an investments broker with such NYSE member firms as Edward Jones & Company, AG Edwards & Sons and Dean Witter. He helped launch DiscoverCard as one of the company's first merchant sales reps.

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