Monday, October 5, 2009

Holden’s G8 To Become Chevrolet Caprice For US Police: Reports Firm Up Speculation

ACCORDING TO respected US Automotive news site, Automotive News, Chevrolet is expected to today announce plans that it will offer a rear-drive police car – one likely based on the Pontiac G8.

The strategy is expected to be outlined at the US International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver today (Australian time).

This is certain to be welcome news for Holden, the G8 program is scheduled to come to an end at the end of this year.

TMR will post a comment from Holden as soon as a spokesman can be contacted.

Of course, the news is not entirely unexpected. Vice Chairman of GM US, Bob Lutz, a strong supporter of both the Commodore-based G8 and the Camaro, mentioned months ago (reported on TMR) that he was looking for other opportunities for a Chevrolet-badged ‘G8’ following Pontiac’s demise.

Reports soon followed – at the time denied by GM – that the G8 would be resurrected as a dedicated police car, but badged as a Chevrolet Caprice.

The story began to gain credence last month when GM CEO Fritz Henderson told the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) that GM was working on a car for US police agencies, using a rear-drive sedan developed by Holden.

“We’ve been working on a package for police applications. I think that’s going to work,” Henderson told SMH.

We will keep you updated as news comes to hand.