Right now, the 2013 Mustang is all the rage in the local auto industry as Ford Group Philippines is set to formally launch it on July 18, Wednesday. Not one to let its own car drown in all the Mustang publicity, Chevrolet Philippines has e-mailed us to remind us that its equally iconic Camaro is marking its own milestone.
"The Camaro celebrates its 45th birthday this year, yet doesn't seem to look a day older than when it first came out in 1967," says the American carmaker. "And the good news is that the Filipino motoring enthusiast can now enjoy the muscle-car experience as Chevrolet Philippines--or The Covenant Car Company Inc., the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet vehicles and parts in the country--offers the fifth-generation Camaro as part of its extensive vehicle lineup."
The e-mail continues: "As far as muscle cars go, many will recognize the Chevrolet Camaro nameplate. The Chevy Camaro first saw daylight in September 1966 as a 1967 model. That first-generation model gave the world a taste of true American muscle, with power-packed engines, masculine styling, and a new driving experience."
Indeed, the Camaro first went on sale on September 29, 1966. If so, doesn't this year mark the car's 46th birthday and not its 45th?
Chevrolet Philippines says the 2012 Camaro is equipped with "powerful muscle-car engines. Unlike the engines of old, today’s Camaro offers a host of powerplants with modern electronics and fuel-management systems to boot. TCCCI, for instance, offers the Camaro 2LT with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with Spark Ignition Direct Injection technology, putting out 323hp channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed TAP shift-equipped automatic gearbox. The power-hungry motorist can opt for the 2SS model with a larger 6.2-liter V8 motor with Sequential Fuel Injection, mated to either a six-speed auto gearbox (400hp) or a six-speed manual transmission (426hp)."
Chevrolet Philippines offers Camaro buyers worry-free driving via a five-year warranty program and 24/7 roadside assistance.
So, Camaro or Mustang?