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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 01, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys, the wife just asked me to put the question out to the group, "Where did GM/Chevy come up with the name Camaro and what does it mean?" Thanks
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 01, 03:37 AM
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The name "Camaro" is french for "freind".
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I think I read that Chevrolet came up with the name first, then looked for a meaning. They found an obscure reference to it in French like Nick said, and Ford found some less desireable meanings.

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If you ad "ne" onto the end of Camaro (Camarone) it means "shrimp" in Spanish !

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post #5 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 01, 06:30 AM
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According to Hot Rod magazine the original name for the new ponycar was the "PANTHER". However the Chevrolet general manager at that time didn't like the name so he changed it to "CAMARO" which loosely translates from the french word "COMRADE" or in English which is "Friend".

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post #6 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 01, 08:56 AM
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CAMARO, 1.friend, comrade, pal 2.day-to-day grocery getter, a drag strip bruiser, a canyon carver or a bit of all of the above in one package 3.a device used for taming horses.
Hey choptop, "Camaron" = shrimp without an "e" at the end .


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GM unfortunately didn't do the same intensive and exhausting market research when they named the Nova. After wondering why their new midsize car wasn't selling well in Latin markets they realized Nova means "won't go" in Spanish.
Really.
I'm not making this up.
Orench- es la verdad, no?
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Thanks for all the replys!! Gulcher
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post #9 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 01, 07:25 PM
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Pete, I can see you keep practicing. Won't go = no vá, monosyllables aren't suppose to be accentuated but since this one (vá) ends in a vocal, and has the pronuciation emphasis in "a", we tend to do so.
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post #10 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 01, 11:11 PM
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I am a bit weary about "Camaro" being French. Most French words as such don't usually end with an "O", but it sounds more Italian to me. I am French/English bilingual and have never heard the word "Camaro" used in the French language to date. In fact, I have always wondered what the term meant too.

I always thought a Plymouth "Duster" was ill named. Dust and cars do not go together well in my opinion, heh.
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Well, in spanish there is Camarada = friend, pal or partner. My 2 cents...
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the name camaro comes from a french word meaning "Compation"

for more info go to http://thegranger.net/z28/history.htm
this site will tell u all about camaro history
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post #14 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 01, 02:06 AM
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Back in the seventies the term "dusted" meant that you won the race, blew his doors off, left him in the dust, etc. So the "Duster" was meant to sound like a winner. I had a 72.

But you do have a good point about the dust.
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post #15 of 38 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 01, 02:09 AM
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I remember seeing a interview with a guy from GM, back when they first introducted the Camaro. It was on some television special I was watching once. They did ask him why they chose the name Camaro. All he said was "a Camaro is a small wild animal that likes to eat Mustangs". I'll buy that.
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