HSV Will Allegedly Bring the Camaro and Corvette to Australia, Allegedly

According to reports from across the sea, Chevrolet’s one-two performance punch could soon be roaming Australian roads.

With Holden’s big-bore Commodore V8 scheduled for a tragic death later this year, it’s believed both the Corvette and Camaro could be heading to Australia in order to fill the void left by the beloved big saloon.

The report from Australia’s Motoring claims the Camaro will arrive thanks to the perseverance of Holden Special Vehicles parent company, the Walkinshaw Group.

HSV’s primary income stream was peddling hot-rodded versions of Holden’s Aussie developed and built Commodore, but with production ceasing in October, Walkinshaw Group boss Ryan Walkinshaw went looking for a new source of cash flow. Along with HSV boss Tim Jackson, Walkinshaw is working to gain GM backing for a right-hand drive Camaro conversion project.

HSV and Holden dealers were told of the plan in order to elevate spirits after sadness began creeping in regarding the new not-V8 nor rear-wheel drive, Commodore

Allegedly, former Holden boss and GM VP of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, likes the plan as do the Australian executives and a public announcement is expected within weeks.

Holden PR man Sean Poppitt told the website “There’s plenty of exciting products, including the top-secret sports-car, coming at us but I’m not in a position to comment.”

Plans for the Camaro materialized with Walkinshaw Group in order to keep its relationship with GM profitable, and the HSV badge relevant. The cars should arrive as highly contented SS models and prices should begin around $90,000 once the right-hand conversion is completed at Walkinshaw’s facility in Clayton, Australia.

The price would be nearly double what it costs an Australian to purchase a brand new $57,000 Mustang GT, which Ford builds right-handed in Michigan before exporting overseas.

HSV also needs official backing from GM to lock in a discounted purchase price in order to make the numbers work. However, it’s believed the conversion process won’t begin until the facelifted Camaro appears next year, in time for its model year 2019 launch in America.

The Corvette, on the other hand, won’t arrive until the 8th generation as part of a planned right-hand drive program which satisfies a promise the Holden brand made to Australians that it would always offer a V8 rear-drive model.

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