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06
Oct
09

2011 Chevrolet Caprice

Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

A few months ago Bob Lutz from General Motors made the mistake when asked if the Pontiac G8 where to be part of the Chevrolet stable he announced that they would be making a Chevrolet Caprice.  The buzz around car forums was electric as one of GM’s most popular cars in the past few years (the Pontiac G8) would be making a comeback as a Chevrolet.  Following Lutz’s remarks he was quickly shut down by GM CEO Fritz Henderson.  So the hope for a Pontiac G8 return was quickly shut down.

Yesterday Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Caprice will be making a return but not for you or me but for the boys in blue.  Yes the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice is a police vehicle.  After I first saw the pictures of the car I was impressed but it did not look like the Pontiac G8.  Let me just refresh you on the Pontiac G8.  The Pontiac G8 was really the Australian built Holden Commodore.  Once Pontiac announced its doors and factory lines would come to an end so did the Pontiac G8.  The RWD Australian product was just catching on with American consumers and it sales numbers in 2009 where the highest they had ever been.  So I have been waiting anxiously to see if GM or Chevrolet would make a move with Holden and bring back the Commodore and rebadge it as a Impala.

Now we have a Chevrolet Caprice but is not a Holden Commodore but is on the Zeta platform.  The Zeta platform is the same as the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.  In the middle east they have a Chevrolet Caprice already and is on the Zeta-platform.  There also currently is the Holden Caprice.  In the middle east the Chevrolet Caprice won a couple of awards in the luxury car segement.  Chevy claims, “it is indisputable that the Chevrolet Caprice is indeed one of the world’s best large luxury sedans.”  The talk is that the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice will be built in the Oshawa, Ontario plant in Canada (same plant as the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro).

2009 Chevrolet Caprice

The 2011 Caprice will come loaded with a 6.0L V8 Engine, which offers fuel-saving technology like Active Fuel Management and E85 capability, produces 355-hp with a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Caprice can go 0 to 60 mph in the sub 6-second range.

So the question I am left pondering will the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice make it to dealership floors?  I hope so.  The designs out of Holden in Australia are awesome!

Video on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice via egmCarTech – Click Here

Article via egmCarTech on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Autoblog on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line “Straightline” on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Motor Trend on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Edmunds Inside Line on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

Article via Automotive.com on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice  – Click Here

Article via Car and Driver on the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice – Click Here

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11
Sep
09

GM 60 Day Gurantee

There is a huge change coming to General Motors Company,

Leading the change is new Chairman Edward Whitacre, Whitacre who joined GM during its bankruptcy process and remained fairly quiet until this month.   The former AT&T Chief does not have much experience in the business but is acting fast to clean up GM.  It was reported earlier this month that Whitacre is being “frighteningly direct” with the top-level executives and is asking to see improvement in sales, market share and profitability. He said that if those changes don’t happen soon, there will be significant consequences.

Whitacre is also leading GM’s new advertising campaign along with Bob Lutz called “May the Best Car Win.”

The campaign started with a website “thebestcarwins”  which was a survey to rank cars in 5 categories.   Fuel Efficiency, Safety, Quality, Performance, the Best.   It was surprising for me to see what everyone thought.  So far the survey had Honda picked as #1 in quality that was interesting as they have been not in the top tier of J.D. Powers Initial Quality ratings for quite some time.

In part with the new ad campaign of “May the Best Car Win” GM with a 60 second commercial Whitacre speaks about GM’s new incentive where buyers of a new Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC will be able to return their vehicle within 60 days if they are not happy with it.  So that means buy a new car and if you are not happy bring it back.

Thanks to EGMCarTech




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