RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?(Lutz retracts statement. G8=dead)

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    RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?(Lutz retracts statement. G8=dead)

    GM May Revive Its Popular Pontiac G8
    Lutz to order a G8 revival?
    July 10, 2009

    By David Welch


    General Motors may have a plan to resurrect the well-liked Pontiac G8 sports sedan, which goes away this month as the automaker emerges from bankruptcy as a smaller company. GM stopped production of the car in June, but there is talk of bringing it back as the Chevrolet Caprice.

    Initially, GM decided against the idea. The G8 is built in Australia, so currency fluctuations and expensive shipping make the business case a tough one. But recently reinstated GM Vice-Chairman Robert A. "Bob" Lutz is keen to revive the G8 as a Chevy.

    It wouldn't be much of a stretch. GM's Australian Holden subsidiary already builds a Chevrolet Caprice and a Lumina for the Middle East using the same hardware that hosts the G8. GM uses the Chevy names in the Middle East, and in Australia it calls the car the Holden Commodore, with a longer version of the sedan dubbed the Statesman.



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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Duh. Is Lutz the only person with a brain at GM?
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    A) Why not under the Impala nameplate? Makes more sense. Easier to market it as a redesign then trying to hype up the Caprice name plate again....

    B) Why would it need to be redesigned for crash safety? It wouldn't be a bad idea to have two Chevy theme designs to easily distinguish between Chevy's RWD lineup and their mainstream FWD models. Just bring over the Lumina as is and call it Impala and be built in Oshawa.

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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    If this actually comes to be true then let us praise the Lord and bow towards Meca.
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    I am thinking Caprice would be used to justify the limited quantities and "above" Impala price levels.
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Why not both Caprice and Impala SS as GM did in the mid-90s?
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    It's clear that the Impala, even if a redesign has been delayed, is going to remain the full size FWD family sedan. RWD isn't going to be "mainstream" it's going to be for enthusiasts. I don't much like the Caprice name, as I don't think it "fits" a sports sedan, but so be it. The real question is will they invest in the marketing to do it.

    BTW, the G8 should have been a Chevy to begin with.

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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Quote Originally Posted by FoMoCo Fan View Post
    It's clear that the Impala, even if a redesign has been delayed, is going to remain the full size FWD family sedan. RWD isn't going to be "mainstream" it's going to be for enthusiasts. I don't much like the Caprice name, as I don't think it "fits" a sports sedan, but so be it. The real question is will they invest in the marketing to do it.
    I agree. While a lot of people on here would like Chevy to go RWD with the new Impala, why not have both FWD and RWD if it is possible?

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    With Pontiac out of the way, Chevy won't even have to fight to get all the good stuff anymore.
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    With the 250HP 3.0 DI V6 as the standard engine, this vehicle would likely get 30 MPG hwy ratings. GM could advertise it as a contemporary, yet traditional American family sedan with the balance of RWD, great quality, and the excellent economy of modern power plants. Add the Camaro SS's driveline (6.2L V8, AFM, 400 HP, 6-speed automatic) as an option and you can't go wrong.
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Bring the G8 back as a Impala SS, freshen up the current Impala and re-name it Caprice. The Caprice would then be Chevrolets bread and butter car, leaveing the SS Impala the niche vehicle.

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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Quote Originally Posted by T'Cal View Post
    Why not both Caprice and Impala SS as GM did in the mid-90s?
    You know, I don't always necessarily agree 100% percent with you...but honestly, I think that's brilliant. Base the Caprice (loosely) on Holden's Calais, give it the 3.0L DI and a couple of 3.6L DI options (~280 hp and ~300 hp), and have two Impala SS trims based more or less on the G8 GT and GXP models.

    Meanwhile, run out the W-body Impala for a couple more model years and rename it Impala Classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T'Cal View Post
    Why not both Caprice and Impala SS as GM did in the mid-90s?
    Because GM tried that and they are where they are today because of decisions like that. Its called market saturation.

    One large sedan. That is all they can do. And the G8 is a far better sedan to do that with than the current Impala.

    If someone wants FWD they will go to Malibu.
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    Re: RUMOR: G8 may be revived as a Chevy Caprice?

    Robert A. "Bob" Lutz is keen to revive the G8 as a Chevy.
    Aw man, the moment I heard Slutz was coming back I had this thought at the back of my mind, "maybe... just maybe... he will be the push GM needs to keep the G8. If anyone would, it would be him..." If he can pull through on this, that would be great. Screw Hinderson with his "I'm against rebadging" remark! It's not rebadging if the Pontiac version is gone. What a bunch of political BS...

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    Caprice it is. Awesome news.
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