Agreed, GM really blew it here! Not only are skilled, experienced still be out of work, it also lost the opportunity to really fine-tune the Commodore chassis for this market. Who knows, we could've had a GTO with better styling and a gas tank that doesn't take up the whole trunk! Cops and Families could've had a new RWD Impala or Caprice to compete with the LX Chryslers.Originally posted by carMuck+Jun 25 2004, 10:14 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (carMuck @ Jun 25 2004, 10:14 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-banzai79@Jun 25 2004, 05:06 PM
This was a dumb decision. The Crown Vic is a goldmine for Ford, and it wouldn't have been that hard to refresh the Commodore. Say what you want about it, it's still better than no full-size RWD chevy.
What a dumb-*** move! I guess GM would rather piss off workers and let more sales go to Chrysler than actually employ people and sell cars! [/b][/quote]
Again, the Crown Vic has been in ongoing production - everything is already set up. What the UAW was proposing here would be very expensive, completely refitting a plant that currently makes FWD, retraining workers, setting up suppliers and logistics - this stuff doesn't just happen, it takes a lot of money. And for what, mostly fleet sales, which carry the lowest margins of any type of sale?
Then there's the cost to bring the aging Holden platform up to US specs, when it's set to be replaced fairly soon anyway. You can take up half the GTO's trunk with the gas tank (as a bandaid to meet US regs) and not too many people care, but take up half of a cop car (or family car) trunk, and it's a deal-killer. And moving it somewhere else is a major redesign, or they would have done it on the GTO.
Bringing back the tooling to make the old Caprice would hardly be any better, if not worse. It's never had the new Gen III V8's fitted to it yet, and they're not going to start cranking out LT1's again.
And the argument about employing more people doesn't wash in the overall picture either. Every sale of a GM cop car is going to come at the expense of Ford or possibly Chrysler when they get in the game, so you will be taking away as much as you add.
Kudos to the UAW for thinking creatively, but this idea is just a money pit for GM. They were smart to reject it.