If there were to be an automotive game of ping-pong, the debate over whether the C7 Corvette or the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is heading to Holden would be it.
It started with a serve, after General Motors International Vice President, Stefan Jacoby, let is slip a new Holden sports car would be forthcoming to replace the rear-wheel drive, V8-powered Commodore. The follow-up act would also include a V8 engine, and rear-wheel drive.
Then, it seemed the C7 Corvette was the likely choice, with executives stating no right-hand drive program was in the cards for the 2016 Camaro, and the news of the Corvette’s historic logo heading to court over similarities to another Australian organization.
Now, the latest words speak a little higher of Camaro, leaving the ball in the pony car’s court. Car Advice exchanged a few words with Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet Global CMO, and although he remained the definition of ambiguous, he certainly didn’t deny the prospect of a new sports car.
“I can’t really comment on the Holden brand specifically — I’m not trying to be evasive by any means. Globally, particularly in the performance space, both Camaro and Corvette are really halos for the brand,” Mahoney said.
“I think [Australia] is an important market and it’s hard to comment on future product, and especially in a brand I’m not responsible for.”
“There’s interest in it [Camaro] and there’s demand in it, but any more, I can’t say,” Mahoney added.
Holden devout have been itching to know whether something worthy will be able to replace the beloved, locally-manufactured Commodore Series II after it exits production next year.
However, it seems this game of ping-pong is still well under way.