Purists and Australian muscle faithful have a few more months of local Holden VF Commodore production before the brand says so long to the Zeta platform for good. However, there is some good news on the horizon for those yearning for a V8 and rear-wheel drive down under.
A new report from Wheels states a right-hand drive program for the Chevrolet Camaro has officially been given the green light and would head to Australia to fill a void the sixth-generation Ford Mustang has most recently covered. But, the RHD program isn’t an overnight ordeal.
General Motors will reportedly hold out until the seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro is ready to roll for a RHD, Australian introduction. Right now, that pegs a debut around 2020. Previously, Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, stated his team was watching the Australian market carefully, keeping an eye on how the Ford Mustang performed with consumers; since the Mustang’s introduction in Oz, the pony car has swayed 6,000 buyers a year.
It’s understood support for the program is also coming from very high up in GM, with newly-minted GM deign chief, Michael Simcoe, lobbying for the Camaro to reach Australian shores. Simcoe hails from Australia and has deep ties to Holden.
The program is also reportedly being developed with a fail-safe, too, should the Australian market’s love affair for V8s, rear-wheel drive and sporting intention tank. GM is said to have until 2019 to pull the plug on a RHD Camaro should the market lapse.
But, with Ford Mustang orders continuing to pile up, Holden’s Camaro seems to nearly be cemented in.