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Bob Lutz, General Motors' vice chairman, recently returned from a business trip from to Australia -- where he was able to sample the Pontiac G8, Daewoo Veritas, Chinese Buick Park Avenue and the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro -- and posted his findings on GM's corporate blog.

In addition to the cars mentioned, Lutz also said he was able to test "other things in the rear drive hopper," but focused mainly on the Camaro.

One concern with the Camaro was that it would lose something in its translation from show car to production car. But, according to Lutz, "It looked as awesome as the concept, and the blotchy black/white camo scheme could not destroy the great stance and proportion." Lutz also said that the interior was on par with the concept and, despite being a pre-production car, was "already better than what came off the line a few years ago." Lutz was able to take the Camaro on a test track and was equally impressed with it's on-road prowess.

Lutz failed to leak any details on the powertrain -- other than it will be available with a six-speed manual -- but did refer to the V8 as "big," lending possible credence to the earlier report of an all-new 6.2L V8 powering the Camaro.

Lutz intends the Camaro to be "the finest car in its class" and, from his testimony, it seems that it's well on its way to achieving that goal.