Chevrolet is gearing up to launch a convertible version of its iconic Camaro muscle car at the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing the first pictures of the vehicle this week.

Set to become available early next year, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible marks a new chapter for the Camaro series and will be the first generation of the new Camaro to be officially available in Europe.

General Motors confirmed November 16 that the standard Convertible model will offer a 312 hp direct injection V-6 engine, with a six-speed manual transmission as standard and automatic transmission available on request.

The US version will be priced at $30,000 (€22,060), although the rights to one of the first Convertibles to be produced was recently sold at auction for a whopping $205,000 (€150,750), with all proceeds donated to charity.

A Chevrolet executive said that "the Convertible will make the all-new Camaro, already a smash-hit, even more desirable to a greater range of drivers."

Also this week, Nissan unveiled its own convertible ahead of the official debut at the show, a crossover model called the Murano CrossCabriolet.

The brand claims that it's the world's first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible, providing enough space for four adults and luggage in a spunky package claimed to be a "breakthrough in concept and design."

The car will go on sale in early 2011.

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