General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Camaro at a press conference in June 1966. The car was released for sale to the public in September of that year.
GM targeted the Camaro as an answer to Ford's popular Mustang, as both vehicles featured a front-engine, rear-drive design. GM used the Chevrolet Nova as the basis for the design of the Camaro. GM chose the name "Camaro" because it means "friend" in French. The first Camaro was available as a two-door coupe or as a convertible with two doors and four seats. The Camaro achieved immediate success as a compact sports car. The first generation of Camaros included a Z28 version that featured iconic stripes on the hood and trunk.