Way back in January of this year, Holden went on the record stating there will always be a rear-wheel drive V8 sport car in the brand’s lineup of vehicles. Our gut reaction was a right-hand drive 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, possibly reintroducing the Monaro nameplate.
Since then, Holden has reaffirmed plans for a V8 sport car, but it won’t be the 2016 Camaro. During the Belle Isle unveiling of the car, Chevrolet stated there were no plans to produce the car for right-hand drive markets. We mention Holden specifically because the brand will be without its rear-wheel drive V8 Commodore by 2017.
Is General Motors making a mistake by not offering the car in right-hand drive guise?
Ford has currently pounced on the Australian market with the news of the Mustang being produced in right-hand drive. Thousands of Aussies have shown interest in the pony car, with plenty of orders already placed. GM could go head-to-head with its longtime rival in Oz by offering the 2016 Camaro down under and in other RHD markets.
Of course, there are development costs to this type of program, and they may be more than GM sees fit. We’ve heard the program has been on, then off, from the beginning and has ultimately been shelved for the foreseeable future.
Let us know, is this a crucial mistake for GM? Or a smart move to save development costs? After all, Holden will be receiving some sort of V8 sport car. We’re just in the dark on what it may be. Vote in the poll, and sound off in the comments.