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Camaro-based debut coming to the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

General Motors has not issued any official statement as to what to expect when the 2011 Chicago Auto Show opens later this week but thanks to comments by General Motors North American President Mark Reuss made ahead of the 2011 North American Dealers Association meeting in San Francisco, we know that there will be a debut based on the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro.
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Reuss wouldn’t go into any more detail other than the fact that there will be a new vehicle debut based on the architecture of the Chevrolet Camaro along with one other new vehicle debut. That is incredibly vague but we can look to the rumormill for an idea as to what the General might just bring to McCormick Place on Wednesday.

The most popular rumor (and one that fits very nicely with the hints from Reuss) is that the 2011 Chicago Auto Show will finally bring us the formal unveiling of the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. There have been seemingly endless spyshots of the new high performance muscle car, including shots of test mules with a piece of paper taped to the dashboard, very clearly explaining that the camo Camaro in question was powered by a supercharged 6.2L V8. The world hoped for the new Z/28 to arrive at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and now the gearheads of the world turn their eyes towards Chicago.

As for the second vehicle, it could be a variety of things. Again, rumors have suggested that the Pontiac G8 (known in non-US markets as the Holden Commodore) was such a great car that, even with the demise of Pontiac, GM will find a way to market it in the US market. Perhaps we will see a rear wheel drive, V8-powered sedan to go head to head with the popular Dodge Charger, but is there room in the Chevy lineup for another sedan with the Impala and Malibu being some of the company’s bestselling models? The Impala and Malibu are both front wheel drives that put little emphasis on performance and with no real answer for the Charger, a similarly sized sedan with a beefy V8 and rear wheel drive could be the other vehicle to reveal itself in Chicago. Perhaps this other car will be something similar to the Caprice police vehicle?

Chevy has already shown us their new subcompact (Sonic), their newest small car (Cruze), their new Volt, and the Camaro Convertible so the Z/28 and a RWD sedan could very well be the new models to debut in Chicago.

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Source: The Detroit News

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