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CAMARO Z28 CONVERTIBLE IS PLAYBOY'S 1994 CAR OF THE YEAR; MAGAZINE PREDICTS RENAISSANCE YEAR FOR AMERICAN CARMAKERS

 DETROIT, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth annual Playboy Car of the Year Award was presented today to the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible at an awards luncheon for Chevrolet executives at the Detroit Athletic Club.
 "Playboy's auto experts feel that 1994 will be a renaissance year for Detroit carmakers, and we congratulate Chevrolet for revitalizing this great American classic," said Mike Perlis, Playboy publisher and president of the Playboy Enterprises, Inc., Publishing Group, in announcing the award. "The new Camaro's V8 muscle and dramatic looks should turn heads into the next century."
 "Those razor-sharp body panels conceal a slightly detuned 275-horsepower Corvette LT1 V8," Playboy Contributing Automotive Editor Ken Gross writes in "Playboy's Automotive Report." "Priced at about $25,000, the Camaro Z28 convertible competes with sports cars that cost twice as much.
 "Gas-charged shocks, power rack-and-pinion steering and a much stiffer body greatly improve handling," adds Gross. "Whatever your transmission choice, either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, this ragtop will rumble. The Camaro's fully lined, electrically operated top has a heated-glass rear window. When the top is folded, a three-piece tonneau cover keeps everything neat."
 The experts voting on Playboy's 1994 Car of the Year include:
 -- Ken Gross, Playboy contributing automotive editor
 -- James R. Healey, USA Today "Money" automotive editor
 -- Willy T. Ribbs, the first African American to race in the Indy 500
 -- Don Sherman, Motor Trend editor-at-large
 -- David Stevens, Playboy senior editor, Modern Living
 -- Brock Yates, veteran auto writer, monthly columnist for Car and Driver and host of the Nashville Cable Network's "The Great Drivers"
 Playboy's Car of the Year Award, announced in the magazine's February issue (now on sale), is part of the magazine's continuing effort to provide readers with accurate, useful data about the auto industry. "Playboy's Automotive Report" looks at the industry's most exciting new vehicles, emerging trends, key issues and interesting personalities.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Playboy's contributing automotive editor, Ken Gross is available for interviews./
 /CONTACT: Cindy Rakowitz of Playboy, 212-261-4930/


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