Chevrolet Alghanim celebrates 50th anniversary
Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons Automotive, the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in Kuwait, commemorated the 50th launch anniversary of the legendary Camaro in an action-packed event that took place at the Sirbb Circuit in Shuwaikh, on Saturday, October 22nd at 5pm, in cooperation with the Kuwait Camaro Club (KCC). The participation of the KCC members demonstrates their ongoing support and steadfast loyalty for Chevrolet, wherein Chevrolet Alghanim is indeed indebted for. Attendees also included guests and representatives from General Motors, the Kuwait Camaro Club, the media and many other local fan groups of sports cars.
The 50th anniversary event began by setting new records from the get-go as Chevrolet Alghanim and KCC members collaborated to conduct the maximum number of test drives performed in one day, as well as providing a detailed presentation on the differences between the sixth and the fifth generations of Camaro in terms of design, performance and latest technology.
An official recognition ceremony followed where representatives of Chevrolet Alghanim and General Motors not only acknowledged the efforts and solidarity the KCC members have exhibited over the years, but also expressed an admiration to their adherence to road safety and traffic rules.
Shortly after, Chevrolet Alghanim cranked up the excitement once more by unveiling to the audience the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Camaro, which honors the sports car’s distinctive looks and performance that have always set it apart. It is now available in both 2LT and 2SS models. Other features include:
Nightfall Gray Metallic exterior (Convertible models include a Black top)
Specific 20-inch 50th Anniversary wheels and wheel center caps 2LT includes RS Appearance Package Specific 50th Anniversary stripe package and exterior badges Unique grille with satin chrome accents Body-colored front splitter Orange brake calipers (front only on LT) Unique Black leather interior with suede inserts and orange accent stitching
Distinct 50th Anniversary treatments on instrument panel, seatbacks, steering wheel and illuminated sill plates
A “Performance Show” by Mubarak Al Rumaidy followed where he showcased the amazing capabilities of the sixthgeneration Camaro in a number of aspects, including maneuverability, speed and response to sudden brakes and lane switching, thanks to the Camaros advanced performance and handling abilities specially the Magnetic Ride Control in the 2SS that enables it to achieve higher RPM results compared to the fifth generation.
The action didn’t stop there, however, for the visitors themselves had the chance to sit behind the wheel too, this time by participating in a thrilling Pro Kart Competition where winners went home with valuable gift vouchers from X-cite by Alghanim Electronics. Other games and activities were also presented, in addition to impressive car displays that featured Camaro’s Legacy Generation and an accessorized lineup of the new Camaro where the guests has witnessed live demonstration of how can they personalize their Camaros by Kromozone team.
In the 50 years since its introduction, there have been six generations of the Camaro, all distinguished by styling that uncannily captured the design zeitgeist of their respective eras and performance technologies that remained sharply focused on the driving fun that made the original a hit from day one.
The Six Generations of Camaro
First Generation: 1967-69
The Camaro’s first generation was born into the era’s raging muscle car and drag racing wars – as well as road racing, which spawned the original Z/28 in 1967. First-generation Camaros also served twice as the Indy 500 pace car: first in 1967 and again in 1969. The ’69 examples, with their Hugger Orange stripes and orange houndstooth interiors, are among the most distinguishable and recognizable special models of the time.
Second Generation: 1970-81
The Camaro’s second generation was its longest and its most successful, despite tumultuous changes in the industry that saw the horsepower of performance models such as the Z28 erode significantly. An all-new structure offered a slightly wider footprint and lower center of gravity – attributes that gave the Camaro excellent handling characteristics. It also supported dramatic, European-influenced styling. The Camaro enjoyed its best year ever in 1979, when 282,571 were sold, including nearly 85,000 Z28 models.
Third Generation: 1982-92
The third-generation Camaro also introduced and allnew architecture, with a contemporary strut-type front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and more. The chassis system turned a car already renowned for its handling capability into a serious track machine, which was taken to its zenith with the special 1LE package, introduced in 1988. Aggressive styling complemented the car’s performance capability and it was the first Camaro with a hatchback. Additionally, the 1982 Z28 was the first American production car to incorporate ground effects – and it was also named the Motor Trend Car of the Year.
Fourth Generation: 1993-2002
Performance continued to improve with the fourth-generation Camaro, with higher-power engines and chassis enhancements that built on the basic layout of the third generation. Styling evolved with more dramatic proportions, including a fast-raked windshield that gave the car an undeniably sleeker profile. The Camaro’s front end was redesigned in 1998, which coincided with the introduction of the landmark LS1 V-8, which gave Z28 and SS models performance reminiscent of the muscle car heyday.
Fifth Generation: 2010-2015
The seven years between the fourth-generation’s hiatus and the launch of the fifth-generation (it was introduced in 2009 as a ’10 model) didn’t seem all that long, but was a comparative eternity in the automotive world. Chevrolet decided a new Camaro would have to acknowledge its heritage on the outside and it was the right call. The fifth-gen car went on to sell more than 500,000 copies and outpace its pony-car rival for five consecutive years. It also spawned new, track-focused 1LE, Z/28 and ZL1 models.
Sixth Generation: 2016+
The Gen Six Camaro introduced the Camaro’s highestever levels of performance, technology and refinement, all rooted in a lighter, stronger architecture, which helped earn the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.
Chevrolet Alghanim thanks everyone who has attended and participated in making the 50th anniversary celebration a momentous success, including the indisputable support and passion of the Kuwait Camaro Club. The company promises more events and activities in the future geared toward the interest and culture of the youth of Kuwait.
To stay tuned for the latest offers, events and announcements, customers are encouraged follow the new and dedicated Chevrolet Alghanim Instagram account (@ChevroletAlghanim) as well as other social media channels featuring the same handler.
A display of the six Camaro generations at the Sirbb Circuit
A group photo with KCC members and Chevrolet Alghanim
A performance showcasing the capabilities of the Camaro at the Sirbb Circuit
Abdullah Al-Mo’then, Chevrolet Alghanim General Manager, giving his speech