In the more 10 years that GM Authority has obsessively covered all things General Motors, we’ve seen it all – including some pretty spectacular misspelling of the Chevy Camaro nameplate. While we applaud the creativity, we’re here to hopefully set the record straight for those enthusiasts that may be leaning a bit too hard on the phonetic system of writing. We’re not mad – just trying to help!
First off, we’ll put it as plainly as we can – it’s spelled CAMARO, with two A’s and one O. It’s not spelled “Camero”, or “Kamaro”, or “Camera”, or any other way other than C-A-M-A-R-O. In fact, it’s been that way since the nameplate first launched for the 1967 model year.
Granted, the Camaro name is a bit of a weird one, if you think about it. As the story goes, General Motors VP Ed Rollett and Chevrolet Merchandising Manager Bob Lund settled on the name prior to the model’s debut after finding the phrase in a French-English dictionary as a slang term for friend, or comrade. Chevy was keen on model names that started with the letter C (Corvette, Corvair, Chevelle, etc.), and thus the nameplate was born.
And look, we get it. In the heat of the moment, maybe when discussing horsepower figures, or custom modifications, or GM’s decision to axe the sixth-generation Camaro, a fat-finger event could happen. In fact, it happens to the best of us. That said, the Camaro is more than just a car to a lot of people. It’s a symbol of American performance, a legacy, a slice of GM history with a legion of admirers and diehard fans following it. Best to spell Camaro how it’s meant to be spelled, no? Doing anything else would be like calling your buddy Frank, “Phranque”. Sounds like it could get a bit awkward.
So, stay passionate, stay dedicated, and most importantly, spell it CAMARO. Thanks, and remember subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Camero new- er, Chevy Camaro news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage