Ca­maro the cus­tomise king

Holden is rid­ing high on the suc­cess of its mus­cle car in the US, writes Craig Duff

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ade for its styling,’’ Holden de­sign di­rec­tor Tony Stolfo says. ‘‘The team in the US did a great job pre­par­ing the win­ning en­try for the show, adding even more mus­cle to what is a spe­cial de­sign.

‘‘Given the Aus­tralian con­nec­tion to the Ca­maro pro­gram, it was nice that Alan Batey, a for­mer Holden man, was there to ac­cept the hon­our.’’

The Ca­maro has al­ready been a huge com­mer­cial suc­cess for GM, with just un­der 100,000 cars sell­ing in its first year of pro­duc­tion to May this year to out­sell it main ri­val, the Ford Mus­tang, by al­most 20,000 ve­hi­cles.

It has also been judged the World Car De­sign of the Year and the ‘‘Ideal Ve­hi­cle’’ in the sports car cat­e­gory by Au­toPa­cific, which is de­cided on in­ter- views with new car own­ers. And it’s the new own­ers who are in­ter­est­ing GM, with its re­search show­ing about half of Ca­maro buy­ers are new to the Chevy brand.

That num­ber is ex­pected to grow when the con­vert­ible ver­sion goes on sale later this year af­ter be­ing pre­viewed at this week’s Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show.

EVEN the South Africans want to toy with our hot-rod Hold­ens. Tun­ing com­pany LupiniPower has launched a 400kW Chevro­let Su­perUte pick-up. The car is based on the Com­modore SS ute — sold in South Africa as the Chevy Ute SS — with a su­per­charger fit­ted to the 6.0-litre V8 and up­graded brakes and sus­pen­sion.

LupiniPower says its au­to­matic Su­perUte hits 0-100km/h in 4.5 sec­onds and is more fuel-ef­fi­cient than the stan­dard ve­hi­cle, claim­ing 9.9litres/100km against the reg­u­lar model’s 10.2litres/100km.

The com­pany is also of­fer­ing the same up­grades on the Com­modore SS sedan, which South Africans know as a Chevy Lu­mina.

Global dom­i­na­tion: the Ca­maro, a big suc­cess for GM, has been judged the hottest car to cus­tomise in the US.

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