With all the the hype surrounding the Chevrolet Camaro, the news has been nonstop, continuing steady before and after launch. That momentum has given it an edge over the Ford Mustang in the 2010 sales race, and its image has been a strong help to the Chevrolet brand.

Sales uccess looks to continue into 2011, with the addition of a new performance variant likely to happen at next week’s Chicago Auto Show. Notable is the fact that the Camaro has posted impressive numbers without the addition of a convertible variant.

Well that is about to change – the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible has just gone into production today at General Motors’ Oshawa, Canada factory.

The car will be available with your choice of a black or tan soft top and the convertible adds standard parking assist. Interesting, and a good addition – visibility isn’t one of the new Camaro’s strong points.

We think a retractable hardtop Camaro is a neat possibility for the future, but with the car’s weight level already high it would likely push it past the 4500 pound mark.

The Camaro Convertible is set to go on sale in Canada and the United States next month. Previously announced pricing information pegs the car starting at the $30,000 mark fort he V-6 1LT model. Upgrading to a V-8 1SS model will set you back $37,500.