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REPORT: Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette heading Down Under in RHD

27.07.2017

With the end of local Holden Commodore production nearing closer, a new report from Australia has alleged that General Motors (GM) could be introducing right-hand-drive versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette in due course.

According to motoring.com.au, the alleged green light to have both vehicles converted from left-hand-drive came after talks between GM, Walkinshaw Performance head, Ryan Walkinshaw, and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) boss Tim Jackson, with the programme reportedly also receiving the backing from current GM Global Development Head and former Holden boss, Mark Reuss.

The news of the former model being offered in RHD, allegedly broken by HSV and Holden dealers, has so far received no confirmation from HSV itself, with Holden spokesperson Sean Poppitt merely stating, "There’s plenty of exciting products, including the top-secret sports-car, coming at us but I’m not in a position to comment".

Despite ditching the left-hooker setup, the Camaro is expected to be significantly more expensive than the Ford Mustang, with a rumoured starting price of $90 000 (R931 199) compared to the GT V8 pony car's $57 490 (R594 829)

As well as being some $33 000 (R341 439) more expensive than the flagship Commodore SS-V Redline, the article also claims that the Corvette C8, due to arrive in the US next year, could be priced at around $200 000 (R2 069 332), with exchange rates and the fact that Ford produces the Mustang in RHD in-house being cited as the reasons for the high prices.

The arrival of the Camaro and Corvette is expected to provide Holden and HSV with a dedicated V8 rival to the Mustang, following the unveiling of the new Opel Insignia based Commodore that will feature a 231 kW 3.6-litre V6 in the flagship VXR as the biggest engine.

With GM announcing its exit from South Africa at the end of 2017, it remains highly unlikely that either the Camaro or Corvette will become available locally at some stage.

Article written by Autodealer
27.07.2017
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