The Camaro and the Silverado are about to embark on a long voyage.
After exiting markets like India and Europe in its entirety, Chevrolet has announced it will enter Australia and New Zealand with two of its best-known nameplates.
Holden, General Motor's Australian division, will distribute the Camaro and the Silverado in the two Pacific nations. The Camaro will partially fill the void left by the Commodore, known as the SS on our shores. Production ended last October when Holden stopped manufacturing cars in its home country. The Silverado will compete in Australia's booming pickup segment, though buyers will only have access to the 2500 and 3500 models.
Chevrolet will send both models to HSV, a Holden tuner who previously specialized in making the nation's home-grown, rear-wheel drive models faster and more powerful. They'll be converted to right-hand drive before getting dispatched to their final destination.
The deal won't create esoteric, market-specific variants models Americans have always seen with Chevrolet emblems on both ends. The idea isn't for the Camaro to masquerade as a Holden.
"Our engineering involvement starts and stops with the conversion of the vehicles from left- to right-hand drive. These are iconic Chevys to the core and we'll let the famed bow-tie speak for itself," said Tim Jackson, HSV's managing director.
The Silverado will disembark in Australia in April of next year, while Camaro buyers will need to wait until July. Pricing information hasn't been announced yet.
Photography by Ronan Glon.