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Europe Bids Farewell to the Corvette and Camaro

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European drivers, time to say goodbye to the Chevrolet Corvette and the Chevrolet Camaro SS — both models are retiring on August 31, due to stricter emission regulations.

New regulations state that any Chevy models powered by the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine won’t qualify for new-car sales. However, if European car enthusiasts can still check out the used market — the regulations don’t cover pre-owned vehicles. Also, since Switzerland isn’t a member of the European Union, Swiss motorists will still be able to pick up these snazzy sports cars.

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The future of the Corvette and the Camaro in Europe

However, things could change with the eighth-generation mid-engine Corvette, set to debut in the U.S. on July 18. Rumors suggest a V8 hybrid model could be in the works. If that’s true, then it could meet the new emission standards. It seems Chevy is already doing some research on the idea — the automaker even sent out a survey to get an idea of how consumers felt about a V8 hybrid. However, nothing is known about which markets will get the new Corvette.

Even if a new Corvette or Camaro doesn’t arrive, it won’t be a huge loss for the bowtie marque — neither model has been a big seller across the pond. In fact, just one dealership in the U.K. sells both the Camaro and the Corvette. Plus, both models lack factory-ready right-hand drive, making them even more inaccessible to the majority of European drivers.

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Source: Motor Authority