Chevrolet has put the production of the new ZL1 on hold, and stopped shipping of the ones already produced, for what they say is a quality assessment. They probably decided to address the issues now than to sell the cars and then recall them. The duration of the hold is unknown at the moment. This is bad news for people queuing up to get a ZL1, and even worse for the dealers who can make big profits on each one sold in the first few months.
Here’ the letter sent by GM to Chevy dealers, notifying them of the situation. (from: GMinsidenews)
Update on 2012 Camaro ZL1 Shipments and DOSP
The purpose of this note is to provide you with an update on 2012 Camaro ZL1 production and vehicle shipment plans.
All Camaro ZL1 models produced to date are currently being held by General Motors for a quality assessment. At this moment, the duration of the hold is undetermined, and may last a few more weeks. As soon as the hold is cleared, a note will be sent to all dealers to advise that 2012 Camaro ZL1 shipments are underway.
Because of the hold, the upcoming Dealer Order Submission Process (DOSP) cycle that was to be dedicated to ZL1 is being postponed. This DOSP cycle was scheduled to start this Thursday, March 1, 2012, and continues through Tuesday, March 6, 2012. A new date for this DOSP cycle will be provided in the near future.
We regret to have to undertake these actions, especially given the high anticipation for the new Camaro ZL1. We ask for your patience and will continue to keep you posted on any developments regarding production and vehicle shipments from Oshawa.
Russell M. Clark
Director – Chevrolet Small Cars, Small Utilities and Performance Cars Marketing