Even if Chevrolet has created a unique history as the shortest automotive stillbirth, this new right-hand drive model of the Chevrolet Camaro was finally dismissed after it received the go-ahead.
It is assumed that the Camaro will be exported to the Japan, UK, and Australia, places where the version was developed in huge amount. However, the model has been pushed down the priority list because the General Motors now is focusing more on the hybrid as well as on the electric cars.
I think you can pretty much count on a right-hand drive Camaro. The Camaro at some point will be factory right-hand drive…built in the plant in Canada and shipped to right-hand drive markets from Canada. This is what the GM’s vice chairman and product development – Bob Lutz said to a room of the international media at the 2010 Detroit auto show. Sadly, when an Australian journalist asked to Lutz about how the right-hand drive Camaro was tracking, Lutz simply said – Not Good. It is been pushed back, perhaps indefinitely. This was happened at the Geneva motor show, where Lutz finally confirmed that his right-hand drive Camaro was not receiving good response or not that high on the priority list of GM.
Lutz further added that No matter which car company you work for, there’s never enough engineering money, talent and capital to do everything you want to do. So when we looked at the hybrids that we have to do, and the plug-ins that we have to do, we just had to priority rank it and I couldn’t argue with the priorities. The problems were due to the weak expected sales numbers from the key right hand drive countries. Unluckily, every market entered with comparatively low volume estimates. As per him, the UK in this case was low and the Australia could have managed very well with some positive signs and some more versions. But the moment, when this company turned its sights at Australia, there were not sufficient units remained to rationalize, what would be rather large investment.
Keeping his heart and tears under control, Lutz said that – I am always personally sad when we create an exciting car and there is demand for it in an interesting country like Australia, and we can’t afford it. It seems particularly ironic since all of the chassis development and the engineering was done there. If there is a country in the world that deserves to have the Camaro, it is Australia.
With the limited numbers, Camaro perhaps still make its way to the UK and Japan, as the left hand drive cars have got the permission to be cruised on the public roads in K and Japan. However, if any of the Australians wanted this version then they can just buy the same via private importers. Private importers change the cars to the right hand drive locally and sell them for some $140,000.