Best Design for 2010: Chevrolet Camaro
As computer technology and manufacturing skills continue to improve, vehicle designs have seemingly become the biggest benefactor from the advancements. Not only do new vehicle designs have the ability to take on just about any shape imaginable, but the intricate detail and body lines also help to give just about every car on the road a unique style and attitude. As far as attitude goes, no other car has commanded as much attention or publicity lately as the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, and for this reason we recognize GM and its all-new Camaro as the best design of 2010.
GM seems to have learned its lesson of reincarnating an American muscle car legend following the most recent Pontiac GTO, so instead of designing a ho-hum coupe with a big, powerful V-8, GM turned to a design team that spanned the globe, led by Luciano Nakamura from GM of Brazil, to create the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. As the lead designer for the Camaro project, Nakamura was inspired by iconic Chevy muscle cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette and the first-generation Camaro, but he also took design cues from one of the sleekest fighter jets of all time, the United States Air Force's stealth F-22 Raptor. The end result of the new Camaro's design is that it retains the same sexy styling as the 2006 Camaro Concept vehicle while making only minor (almost unnoticeable) changes for manufacturing, safety and regulatory purposes.
As a testament to the influence that American cars have around the world, the Japanese and Brazilian Nakamura led a design team that was also made up of Russian and Korean designers. Such diversity resulted in an exterior design that is modern with hints of classic muscle car cues that gives the Camaro a distinct edge against its two main rivals, the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. While all three cars pay considerable homage to their iconic nameplates, the 2010 Chevy Camaro definitely has a styling that evokes more emotion ranging from its sunk-in headlamps back to the sculpted haunches.
The Camaro's sleek, expressive exterior leads way to a cabin that hearkens back to the true muscle car era. The most notable interior design element is the classic-styled gauges on the instrument cluster and below the center stack. Similar to the design of the exterior, the 2010 Camaro has an interior that blends retro styling with a clean, modern layout. From the driver's seat, it is obvious that GM designed the 2010 Camaro so the driver has little effort in comfortably piloting the car, which is evident fromÂ the large steering wheel which gives an easy view of the instrument gauges and the high center console that gives perfect positioning for manual shifting. To help give the Camaro an attractive, uncluttered look, the only design element to break up the instrument panel, besides the gauge cluster and center stack, is the two-tiered look that is accomplished with contrasting trim almost the entire width of the dash and flows smoothly back into the door panels.
Looking to create a complete package when it came to designing the new Camaro, Chevrolet fine tuned all aspects of the car from the steering feel and handling capabilities up to transmission and engine options. Considering the base model produces 304 horsepower and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, the Camaro balances its design with a powerful and fuel-efficient powertrain. Those really looking for an exciting vehicle should step up to the 426-horsepower Camaro SS which uses GM's 6.2-liter LSA V-8.
The best part of the Camaro's design is the attention that it attracts while being driven. Whether it is simply the car's design or the fact that the car played a leading role in one of this year's most popular films, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, this car definitely gets noticed. Since its launch this summer, the 2010 Camaro has been a hot seller continuing to outsell the popular Ford Mustang as well as other sporty coupes such as the Dodge Challenger and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.