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Confirmed: GM kills off the rear-drive V8
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By Marton Pettendy & Todd Hallenbeck
Friday, 14 November 2014

New Camaro won't be sold in Australia and there won't be an imported replacement for Holden's export Commodore

Any prospects of Holden offering a rear-wheel drive V8 model in Australia after it axes Commodore production in 2017 now appear unlikely, following confirmation that GM will not produce a right-hand drive version of the next Camaro or a replacement for Holden's export Commodore, the Chevrolet SS.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas last week, a senior GM executive told motoring.com.au that – like the latest C7 Corvette – the new 2016 Camaro will remain a left-hand drive model.

The GM executive said the RHD Camaro program has not been cancelled, but is now "highly unlikely", all but eliminating any hope of it becoming a direct rival for Ford's new Mustang in Australia.

Similarly, the well-placed GM exec said there was no plan to produce a replacement for the Chevy SS after imports ceased from Australia at the end of 2017, which would leave Chevrolet without a large RWD sedan in US showrooms.

More importantly for Australians, the lack of a Chevy SS replacement means Holden will cease to offer any RWD V8 sedan in Australia – despite the fact V8s currently comprise a sizeable 37 per cent of Commodore sales.

Holden had been tipped to continue to sell a V8 RWD sedan beyond the current Commodore's demise in 2017 in the form of an imported replacement for the Chevy SS, built in the US.

Earlier, former Holden chief and now GM North America president Mark Reuss had courted a 'Zeta legacy' plan in which Holden would continue to build the 'Holden SS' in Adelaide and sell it alongside the imported Commodore, which may or may not continue the Commodore name.

As we've reported, Holden will produce the VF Commodore – which will be facelifted for MY16 by this time next year, when the SS should be fitted with HSV's upgraded 6.2-litre LS3 V8 — until late 2017 and expects to continue selling vehicles into 2018.

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Well this is a depressing article.

What happened to the plans to make the Camaro a more global car? Isn't RHD necessary for that plan to be taken seriously?

I'm still holding out some hope there will be a future rwd sedan offered by Chevrolet, Holden (and Buick). There was a strong rumor not long ago that the Impala and SS would merge into one rwd sedan after 2017. Though that would wind up being a somewhat specialty/niche car. With (apparently) the next-gen Malibu moving up in size, I would think the future plan could be for the Malibu to take up some of the market the current Impala holds.

Sounds like GM's future product plan - "If you want a rwd sedan, you'll have to buy a $50-60k+ Cadillac." :rant:
 

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Stupid for killing the Platform, and a driving configuration (RWD) that is still selling better then most other cars, and platforms down under. GM is stupid, Move the Malibu up in size a little, then the new Impala should be combined with the SS, moved to Alpha Plus/Omega then sent down under in RWD/AWD form as the Commodore. I really wished they could separate the new Impala sales from old w-body to actually prove the fact the new Impala is not doing that well at all. I really feel the XTS, Impala, and Lacrosse should all be on some form of Alpha, or Omega in both RWD/AWD forms to validate the price they are selling them for. Chrysler gets it why can't GM, I don't want a Caddy to get RWD, like most didn't want a Chevy instead of a Pontiac.
 

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Well this isn't sad, depressing, or a surprise at all. I love GM but them announcing that they decided to offer the new Camaro in RHD would have been a more of a shocker.

On that note, this makes me wonder why they even embarrassed themselves with the Chevrolet SS. Should have took that little bit of money spent on that car and injected it into getting its 8 speed auto across the board sooner.

Whatever though. Meanwhile over at Dodge and Ford...
 

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You expect an auto company executive to give you future products plan? That will never happen..
That's why I'm hoping that the mysterious "executive" is either feeding false/misleading information, or is really at a much lower level and doesn't know all that much.

Seems like the good reliable "rumors" surface during the NAIAS, and I'll see what comes out then. If Chevrolet does announce a RHD Camaro in January, then this whole article is voided out.
 

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Why no right hand drive camaro?

Mustang will be available RHD.
True. But how many Mustangs is Ford really going to sell in RHD countries? It's a car that in America is a great value, but anywhere with high fuel or displacement taxes is a rich man's car with a working stiff image.
 

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How much demand would there actually be in Australia for a RHD Camaro?
The whole reason the Monaro was so 'special' is that it was so rare. Two doors have not really done that well in AUS - so much so that aus was first with 'four door supercars' back in the seventies.

 

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It's irrelevant, Ford had Mustang here GM needs Camaro here
Not a great argument. Mustang will never replace the Falcon. Camaro will never replace the Commodore.

I don't know much about the Australian market, but it seems to favor "practical" performance; a big, fairly affordable RWD V8 sedan, rather than a small RWD V8 coupe for probably even money.

Mustang might find a home, but I don't believe it'll be a big success; Camaro would only diminish its sales further, as Mustang would Camaro.
 

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Not a great argument. Mustang will never replace the Falcon. Camaro will never replace the Commodore.

I don't know much about the Australian market, but it seems to favor "practical" performance; a big, fairly affordable RWD V8 sedan, rather than a small RWD V8 coupe for probably even money.

Mustang might find a home, but I don't believe it'll be a big success; Camaro would only diminish its sales further, as Mustang would Camaro.
Same as you, I don't understand the Australian market, though I get the same sense that a Camaro won't sell well. I'm thinking the Australian market might like a small sports struck as in a resurrected GMC Cyclone and Typhoon?? Any of our Australian friends have some thoughts as to what would make a good sports offering?
 

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How much demand would there actually be in Australia for a RHD Camaro?
Maybe not much in Oz. But don't forget UK, South Africa, Japan and the hand full of other countries that drive on the wrong side of the road. :p
 
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