The fu­ture

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HSV’s ini­tial build-run of 550 model-year 2018 Ca­maros will be ex­hausted by early 2019. What hap­pens then?

The plan is to roll the MY19 Ca­maro in to the mar­ket, adding a man­ual gear­box op­tion to the line-up.

But that is go­ing to take some sort­ing out and, as a re­sult, there may be a pro­duc­tion line pause be­tween Ca­maro batches.

The MY18 we get has an Ar­gen­tine mar­ket equip­ment speci cation and comes with Euro­pean com­pli­ance. That makes the car cheaper to bring to Aus­tralia be­cause things like emis­sions ho­molo­ga­tion are al­ready signed off.

But there will be no Ar­gen­tine spec for MY19 and nor will Chevro­let go through the process of achiev­ing Euro­pean com­pli­ance for Ca­maro.

Which means HSV’s ho­molo­ga­tion task in Aus­tralia just got a whole lot more com­pli­cated, as the MY19 has a 10-speed auto (it’s the same ’box as the lat­est Mus­tang) and may well re­quire lo­cal emis­sions test­ing. And that spells dol­lars.

“This [MY18] spec goes away so we have to take an­other spec, and that adds a lot of ex­tra work that needs to hap­pen in ad­di­tion to the work we have just done on this car,” ex­plains HSV man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tim Jack­son.

“The as­sump­tion we just roll into a MY19 is not the right as­sump­tion.”

All th­ese chal­lenges mean we shouldn’t ex­pect a rapid ex­pan­sion of the lo­cal Ca­maro line-up from a soli­tary coupe to a con­vert­ible or the spec­tac­u­lar su­per­charged 485kW ZL1.

“If we do a con­vert­ible there is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent crash pro­gram re­quired, so I don’t think that is nec­es­sar­ily justi ed by the vol­ume,” says Jack­son.

“The ZL1? Ob­vi­ously, we think it’s a pretty in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cle, but there are a lot of chal­lenges to make that thing hap­pen.

“Peo­ple shouldn’t be hold­ing their breath.”

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