Aussie Camaro’s boomer range
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.