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The Financial Times ran a short story (mostly devoid of hard facts) that pointed out supposed the discontentment of Washington bureaucrats with the success of the performance-oriented 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. So far, we haven't seen any direct statements from specific politicians that condemn the Camaro's success, but we suspect that there are those at GM who are worried.
Here's the logic; bureaucrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know what you should drive, and it's something like a Toyota Prius. Congresswoman Pelosi, President Obama, and others in Washington have passed reguations to ensure this future (see some analysis here).
Still following? Now that GM is owned by the government, those still employed at GM could actually be worried about the success of the new Camaro because it's not a Prius.
We contacted Chevrolet PR to ask whether they had heard about any pressure from D.C. The answer was no, but if Washington did complain, GM would respond by noting that the V-6 Camaro does get 29 mpg on the highway. (Check out our review of the 2010 Camaro here, and read about how it achieves its class-leading efficiency.)
Currently, GM reports having 18,000 orders for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. At this point, approximately 65-percent of those orders are for the V-8 Camaro SS (25 mpg highway). As time goes on, Chevrolet expects the mix of V-8 to V-6 engines to shift toward the V-6, with the average coming in at about 60-percent V-6.
While the Financial Times article may have been vapid, it does touch on the general disconnect between Washington and Home Town, U.S.A.; Americans like what they like, regardless of what politicians think they should like. Frankly, I think this is a great American trait, and besides, it's one of those national character things that makes us different from the Canadians.