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Old 08-11-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

This seems always interesting to people when I tell them the true meaning of the word 'camaro'.....but how many camaro owners know what the word actually means....just a fun thread. No cheating by looking it up....just what's in your head. Course someone might answer first post with correct answer...but nobody in person every seems to know....
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good guess....nope
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good guess....nope
I read an old press release like 5 years ago that said it meant friend in some old French dictionary.
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isnt it shrimp in latin
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okay, that is true, but the general manage at the time the new car made a press release, I think his name is pete estes, anyway, he said what it stood for....although true that is a french translation....here is his quote for the friend part "(camaro)suggests the comradeship of good friends as a personal car should be to its owner"
But there is still another meaning....the actuall definition.
Hint:something to do with ford
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

Okay to clarify....there are two answers...the french translation is correct: "Friend" is one meaning....but there is another meaning..........

or a better hint: something to do with camaro's main rival

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oh yeah isnt it another type of wild horse... to combat the mustang?
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pretty close,
"a viscous animal that attacks mustang horses"....that was a quote from GM when it came out....very close
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

I thought I heard somewhere it was an animal that preyed on the Mustang (horse) that is....
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro

Here it is......under origin....................whats my prize? LOL
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

Actual answers; french translation 'friend'

medical term..... 'a disease in which horses contract, usually mustangs,... that end in death....'
and of course GM's "viscious animal..."
well I hope that was a fun tid bit....
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Camaro

Here it is......under origin....................whats my prize? LOL
you don't get a prize....no looking it up answer, remember at top.....lol...
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LOL..... Saw a few new Camaros in person, very hot looking car! Waiting to see the Z28 monster come back. And then the supercharged Z06 in 2012!!
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

Actually, you're all wrong. The word Camaro doesn't mean anything. That's why nobody can locate the real word. It was made up of slang terms in an old French dictionary that meant "Chum" or "Companion" or Comrade. There is no word in any language, other than GM speak, that is Camaro. Panther was the original name given to the car during development. It was later changed to a word that started with a "C", as we've already been informed of. Because of the name panther, it sounded good to say a vicious animal that eats mustangs when that was the market they were going after. There is no real animal called a camaro, and it doesn't mean shrimp in Spanish either. The spanish word for shrimp is camarón.
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The above post is correct. It basically means "friend/companion."
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good guess....nope
Wow...All the posts below mine to back me up & you think I was wrong. I was right.

If your gonna ask something, you should know the correct answer first, which obviously, you didn't.

Feel free to break your own "rule" & google it yourself. If it means something else too, that has nothing to do with Camaros. Only the "friend" definition applies to the Camaro name.

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pretty close,
"a viscous animal that attacks mustang horses"....that was a quote from GM when it came out....very close
Hey Mr. Know-it-all

You obviously read that in some type of GM literature/brochure/magazine and SERIOUSLY misinterpreted it. It's a marketing cry, completely meaningless. There is no such animal.

(BTW - viscous?!?!?!)
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

Camaro is close to the french word "camarade", that can be translated as "comrade" or "friend".
I think unless we ask to the people who chose the name, we'll never know for sure.
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Actually, you're all wrong. The word Camaro doesn't mean anything. That's why nobody can locate the real word. It was made up of slang terms in an old French dictionary that meant "Chum" or "Companion" or Comrade. There is no word in any language, other than GM speak, that is Camaro. Panther was the original name given to the car during development. It was later changed to a word that started with a "C", as we've already been informed of. Because of the name panther, it sounded good to say a vicious animal that eats mustangs when that was the market they were going after. There is no real animal called a camaro, and it doesn't mean shrimp in Spanish either. The spanish word for shrimp is camarón.
That is the "real" answer. Nobody seems to want to believe that but it is true.
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That is the "real" answer. Nobody seems to want to believe that but it is true.
The following is from The Story of Camaro: "Finally, in its September 1966 issue, Motor Trend revealed the true name of the car. 'Chevy's Panther to be called Camaro', read the headline.

"The short item said the new name maintained Chevrolet's tradition of naming car models with a "C." According to Estes, the name Camaro meant "comrade" or "pal" in French, but Motor Trend pointed out, 'Our French friends have never heard of the word. Could it be possible that Chevy is not only pulling words out of the air, but our legs as well?'

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Actually, you're all wrong. The word Camaro doesn't mean anything. That's why nobody can locate the real word. It was made up of slang terms in an old French dictionary that meant "Chum" or "Companion" or Comrade. There is no word in any language, other than GM speak, that is Camaro. Panther was the original name given to the car during development. It was later changed to a word that started with a "C", as we've already been informed of. Because of the name panther, it sounded good to say a vicious animal that eats mustangs when that was the market they were going after. There is no real animal called a camaro, and it doesn't mean shrimp in Spanish either. The spanish word for shrimp is camarón.
Wasnt it going to be called something like: "Chaparalle" ?

I read that in a magazine once.
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Wasnt it going to be called something like: "Chaparalle" ?
Chaparral.

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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

It is my formal declaration that the word "Camaro" be given a definition.

Camaro - Badass est. 2009; american nomenclature

If I can get more than 2 people to agree with me on this, then it shall be so.

What say ye ? Agree or Disagree ?
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

To me camaro is just a badass name they made up. The only badass names are names that dont mean anything or arent made after something. chevelle corvette camaro firebird just all badass random names
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This seems always interesting to people when I tell them the true meaning of the word 'camaro'.....but how many camaro owners know what the word actually means....just a fun thread. No cheating by looking it up....just what's in your head. Course someone might answer first post with correct answer...but nobody in person every seems to know....
What's your answer??
chevy said it was the car that ate mustangs
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To me camaro is just a badass name they made up. The only badass names are names that dont mean anything or arent made after something. chevelle corvette camaro firebird just all badass random names
I'll take that as one nod for yes. Can i get at least 2 more (firebird = phoenix actually)
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The Corvette name actually was taken from a WWII warship or battleship of the same name.
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The Corvette name actually was taken from a WWII warship or battleship of the same name.
Yes a "corvette" is a medium size war ship : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvette_(navire)
They're often used as convoy escort ships.
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Re: Definition of the word 'CAMARO'...do you know??

As a side note, Corvette is also used in Star Wars Lore.

As for the Camaro, I believe it was a combination of two words. The first half from the Comrade or the French "camarade" The last half would be from AERO which means more or less "of the air." They then made the word "Camaro"... Keep in mind that this is simply speculation. As mentioned in the WIKI article they were originally going to call it the Panther but Mercury had the Cougar, they felt that there may be a bit of public confusion. They went back and decided that the name had to start with a C and started flipping through the Dictionary looking for a good "C" name.

When asked what it meant, I suspect it was an off the cuff joke, much like SEPAW. Keep in mind that GM seemed to have a sense of humor back when it was successful and not run by bean counters but engeneers that had a sense of humor. Remember the GTO Judge, as an example, was a joke that came from the show "Laugh In" back in the late 60's There was a part of the show where they would chant "Here comes the Judge!, Here comes the Judge!, Here comes the Judge!"



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Hey Mr. Know-it-all

You obviously read that in some type of GM literature/brochure/magazine and SERIOUSLY misinterpreted it. It's a marketing cry, completely meaningless. There is no such animal.

(BTW - viscous?!?!?!)
I said meaning behind the word....not translation....guess I wasn't really clear on that.


oh no, a spelling word error....

this was just supposed to be fun......love how something harmless always turns people into jerks.
this web site used to be fun.....now it just full of people who would rather bash, than help or correct....Hey mr.know it all....nice......so I was not correct,.......WHO CARES....ITS CALLED FOR FUN.....get over it.

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Actual answers; french translation 'friend'

medical term..... 'a disease in which horses contract, usually mustangs,... that end in death....'
and of course GM's "viscious animal..."
well I hope that was a fun tid bit....

Plus didn't I post then answers like above here?????????


UMMM....lets see it says friend at the top one, WOW, that would be in agreement with some.......
and then I also said GM's line on the animal bit......in agreement with others....

the medical one was told to me by my brother in law whom is a doctor.....don't know if it's true or not, but.......there it is.......

So before you BASH on me.........READ THE ANSWERS I POSTED
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in brazil camaro is another word for shrimp if im not mistaken as well as in portugal there is a close companion word camarao
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Do you not read? Look at post 16 above. It does not mean shrimp in Spanish or anywhere else.
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A small but vicious animal that eats mustangs, said in a press conference when they first introduced it
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since the camaro came out it does have a meaning- a badass car that is the arch rival of the ford mustang, known for its distinctive styling such as the unique spoiler, t-tops, stance and mean looking front facia. Also known to come equipped with powerfull engines for killing mustangs right out of the box. =]
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This is all pretty interesting...lol
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As for the Camaro, I believe it was a combination of two words. The first half from the Comrade or the French "camarade" The last half would be from AERO which means more or less "of the air."

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That could explain why some people, even some Camaro owners, spell it 'Camero'!
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A small but vicious animal that eats mustangs, said in a press conference when they first introduced it

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

The other version sounds like it got washed through a political-correctness committee.
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How about a 2 door sports sedan manufactured in the USA by Chevrolet?
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But it's not a sedan, it's a coupe.
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So what does Camaro mean in any language?
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It doesn't mean anything in any language.
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I have watched a lot of shows about collector cars and muscle cars, and when the subject of what "Camaro" means comes up, they (the experts?) always say it's just a made up name. I don't know for sure, but I don't think it has anything to do with Italian shrimp, Mustang horse diseases, or viscous animals. I can only recall one Chevy model with an animal name, the Impala. For a while in the 1950's and 60's they seem to name all their cars after locations, mainly in California : Bel Air, Biscayne, El Camino, Malibu.
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But it's not a sedan, it's a coupe.
Actually no it isn't. If you get in yours and look behind you, you will find a rear seat, unless you took it out, which makes it a sedan. Coupes only have 2 seats, or one bench seat.

Coupe = Roof no rear seat.
Roadster = No rear seat no roof
Convertible = fold down roof
Sedan=Roof front and rear seats
Hardtop= any car with a solid roof
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It doesn't have a B pillar, which makes it a coupe. Lots and lots of coupes have rear seats.
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Actually no it isn't. If you get in yours and look behind you, you will find a rear seat, unless you took it out, which makes it a sedan. Coupes only have 2 seats, or one bench seat.

Coupe = Roof no rear seat.
Roadster = No rear seat no roof
Convertible = fold down roof
Sedan=Roof front and rear seats
Hardtop= any car with a solid roof
I agree that those are probably the original meanings, mostly from the 1920s and 30s. But
I will point out those definitions have drifted a bit with time. At least in the 1980's, 2 door cars with or without rear seat were often referred to as coupes, even by the manufacturers. I own a 1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. It has the word "Coupe" embossed in the side molding and on the trunk badge, and it defiantly has a rear seat. Depending on where you look, it is referred to as a 2 door coupe or a 2 door sedan in the manufactures literature. I haven't look closely at GM ads or brochures from the time, but I would expect you would see the use of both terms in relation to the 3rd gens.
The term "hardtop" also some blurred or multiple uses. If you go to a car show that has some tri-year (1955, 56, 57) Chevys, be sure not to call a 210 Bel Air a "hardtop". For the tri-year guys, hardtop refers exclusively to ether 2 or 4 door sedans with no B pillar. Hardtop also refers to solid but removable roofs on many sport cars, like the Corvette.

I like the term "coupe" for sporty 2 doors cars like the Camaro and Firebird and often use it. But strictly speaking, going by the original usage, the are 2 door sedans.

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From Webster:

Coupe- a 2-door automobile often seating only two persons; also : one with a tight-spaced rear seat

Sedan- a 2- or 4-door automobile seating four or more persons and usually having a permanent top

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