Aussie Ca­maro’s boomer range

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

CHAM­PION V8 Su­per­car driver Garth Tan­der is a con­firmed Ca­maro fan. His Amer­i­can ob­ses­sion made him an ideal host this week for the un­veil­ing of the fi­nal pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Chevro­let Ca­maro (right).

The car is all-Amer­i­can in so many ways, yet was de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia from a mo­tor show ma­chine into a Com­modore-based coupe that is set for suc­cess across the Pa­cific.

The born-again Ca­maro will go up against two other retro US con­tenders, the Ford Mus­tang and Dodge Chal­lenger, as US baby boomers queue in show­rooms for some­thing from their child­hood.

While the Ca­maro is now up and run­ning, and Tan­der got his first good look at the car at Fish­er­mans Bend ear­lier this week, there is still a big ques­tion mark over the ex­port fu­ture of the VE Com­modore.

The Com­modore sedan is al­ready sell­ing in the US as the Pontiac G8 and there are promis­ing signs the Sport­Wagon could also be book­ing a slot in show­rooms from 2009.

But the fi­nal piece of the ute puzzle has still not dropped into place. It is the name. Pontiac showed the ute ear­lier this year as the Sport Truck, but it was only a stop-gap un­til a real name could be found for the car.

Ute was out, as it means noth­ing in the US. So Pontiac be­gan an on­line com­pe­ti­tion to name the ute and more than 18,000 Amer­i­cans have now lodged sug­ges­tions.

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