In 1976, the American automobile industry started a recovery from the paralysis produced brought about by the anti-pollution regulations and fuel and economic crises. Buyers' attention turned towards compacts, while even the "standard" models became lighter, less-bulky, and above all, less-thirsty.
Little changed for the 1976 Camaro. New additions included wire wheels and a brushed aluminium insert in the tail. Sales where up and the Camaro LT (Luxury Touring) was Chevrolet's top seller. The base LT costed around $4,300, and had many options available.
New models from General Motors were chiefly concentrated in the Chevrolet Impala/ Caprice range: narrower bodywork, shorter by 10.6 in. (16.92 cm) lighter by 5.9 cwt (300 kg) (J), and with smaller engines. Finalldrive ratios were stepped-up, too. Similar treatment was applied to the Buick Sabre/ Electra models. However, styling changes, and odd gadgets, were not lacking, as exemmplified by the 1977 Pontiac Firebird.
Chrysler seemed to weather the crisis with the successful Plymouth Vola re/Dodge Asspen cars. There were many improvements for 1977, and the choice of engines and boodies was vast. The Volare Road Runner coupe, for example, had a two-piecll detaachable roof. Particularly notable was the new electronic ignition system, which perrmits a weaker mixture to be used without diminishing performance.