2019 Camaro Makes South American Debut at São Paulo Motor Show
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SÃO PAULO, Brazil - November 7, 2018: The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will make its first public appearance in front of a South American crowd at this week's 2018 São Paulo International Motor Show, running from now through the November 18th. The motor show is the fourth-largest in the world, according to its organizers, drawing three quarters of a million visitors in its 2014 edition, making it the perfect place to introduce the latest version of Brazil’s best-selling sportscar: the 2019 Camaro.
Granted, Ford’s two-door pony car only added Brazil to its list of export markets last year, but the Camaro’s popularity there is impressive nonetheless.
The 2019 Camaro represents the first model year of the sixth-generation sportscar’s mid-cycle update. It still rides on the same GM Alpha platform, shared with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, but a number of notable changes have been implemented, including new, model-specific front- and rear-end styling, a new 3LT trim, and the expansion of the 1LE track performance package option to cars with the 2.0-liter turbo I4 Ecotec LTG engine.
GM’s ten-speed automatic transmission has also trickled down from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the V8-powered SS, and the car now has an available Rear Camera Mirror and third-generation infotainment.
Only a few of the 2019 Camaro’s changes will impact the Brazilian market, however, as the two-door sportscar is only available there in SS spec, coupe or convertible, exclusively with an automatic transmission. That’s because all sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaros are assembled at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan, and Brazil’s hefty import duties would make turbo-4 and V6 Camaros too expensive to be feasible.