2016 Chevrolet Camaro RS

It now seems that a right-hand drive Chevrolet Camaro is being considered for applicable markets, including Australia, where it might be badged as a Holden, CarAdvice reports. This was said by Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer of the Chevrolet Camaro.

The success of the Ford Mustang, which has a long waiting list in Australia, was what captured the attention of the company. That said, the introduction on the Camaro would have to depend very much on the demand of the iconic muscle car, to justify its introduction Down Under and other markets for that matter. The final decision will be a market-driven one, according to Oppenheiser.

Emphasising that the company is seriously looking into this, “is that (Australia and UK) enough to sustain it? We’re studying that,” he said. “I’ll tell you we’re studying our competitors over in Dearborn (Ford) and what they’re doing: is it a success for them? Is it not?” The engineer disclosed.

“We know what it takes to do it, but obviously we have right-hand drive Cadillacs, so it’s not impossible. But we have not made that decision yet,” Oppenheiser stated. Another concern that the company is looking at is whether or not the demand for a right-hand drive Camaro would be sustainable over the years and not a “one-year wonder.”

“Is it a demand because everybody that wanted one bought one in the first year? And are they going to sell them in year two? You don’t want to do that, right?” he pointed out.

“We’ve experienced that with the left-hand-drive in certain countries. Especially in the fifth-gen (Camaro), after Transformers came out, some countries bought 1,000 and sold 1,000 in a week. We sent another 1,000 over and they stay for three years.” Oppenheiser said.

Likening demand for the Camaro to that of V8 engines, “the same thing with that right-hand drive decision is, is it something that will sustain a certain volume every year? If it is, we’ll do it,” he said, adding “you’ve got to make sure, we’re in the business to make money and if it’s going to be a good business case, we would do it,” he concluded.