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GM toys with bringing back Caprice -- based on a car from Down Under
Last big, rear-drive V-8 Chevrolet was produced in 1996

Alex Law
The Ottawa Citizen


May 7, 2004

General Motors may revive the Caprice name in North America with a V-8-powered rear-drive sedan called the Chevrolet Caprice Royale.

The new four-door sedan would be a variation on the Caprice that GM's Holden operation sells in Australia now, featuring several North American touches, including the famous Chevrolet bowtie badge on the front. GM has made no secret of its plan to use its far-flung global empire as a source of new cars for North America.

GM has not announced this Caprice for production yet, but is clearly testing the waters by leaving one out for the press to see during a visit to the company's testing grounds in Milford, Michigan.

It was left-hand-drive and had several cosmetic touches that clearly differentiated it from the Australian model.

Should GM decide to produce the Caprice Royale, it would be the biggest car in the Chevrolet fleet, running 5,193 millimetres in length on a 2,939-mm wheelbase and weighing in at about 1,780 kg.

The Caprice uses MacPherson struts up front with a sway bar and progressive-rate coil springs, and a control-link independent rear that also gets a sway bar and coil springs.

It's likely, however, that it would get a suspension retuning before coming to North America.

In the Pontiac GTO, which GM takes from the Holden Monaro, the 5.7-litre V-8 delivers 350 horsepower at 5,200 r.p.m. and 365 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 r.p.m. through a four-speed automatic, so we can probably expect similar output in the Caprice.

There is, of course, a chance that we will not see the Caprice in Canada even if it comes to the United States, because GM of Canada currently does not import the GTO.

GM dropped the Chevrolet Caprice Classic and its sister models, the Cadillac Fleetwood and Buick Roadmaster, when it ended production of its venerable "B-body" line in 1996. The Texas plant where the big rear-drive cars were assembled was converted to truck and sport-utility production.

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Isn't there a Chevy Caprice in the Middle East right now that is a variant of the Holden Statesman?
 

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Originally posted by chev454ls@May 7 2004, 01:36 PM
Isn't there a Chevy Caprice in the Middle East right now that is a variant of the Holden Statesman?
Yes.

From Holden Exports

Holden's export portfolio expanded in 1999, with the first shipments of long wheelbase left hand drive Holden Statesman models to the Middle East. Branded as the Chevrolet Caprice, sporting the Generation III V8 engine and available in three levels - LS, LTZ and SS - these models satisfy the Middle Eastern markets' preference for large, powerful rear wheel drive vehicles.
 

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Nice to hear, but I hope the Impala is still slated for V8 power.
 

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I just checked the Saudia Arabia Chevrolet website, the Caprice
is available in LS, LTZ, Royale, and SS models. The later two
are equiped with 5.7 liter motors with 328hp. LS, and LTZ top
engine choices have the same size engine, but only sport
295hp.
Maybe a Caprice SS imported would satisfy a huge hole that
is missing in the Chevrolet lineup for a full-size RHD passenger
car with plenty of power and torque.
 
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I dunno know. It may be to early to bring back the name "Caprice". From a marketing standpoint. I think many auto consumers relate that name to a rather clunky automobile. HOWEVER, IF the vehicle is kick-a$$, then the name would be moot.

The key for GM is to place vehicle names with products that kick-a$$. That way, when the auto consumers hears or sees the name, they correlate it with a vision in the brain of a cool, kick-a$$ product.

Changing the auto consumers perceptions are (sadly) what GM needs to do.

Sadly, these days it is ALL ABOUT "PERCEPTIONS".

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I dont think this situation will happen, but Chevy will get a large sedan when Zeta comes out. There is only 2 or so years left of the V chassis, so lets wait for the much more improved, more advanced Zeta.
 

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It is nice to see the positive reaction to the Caprice. My fear is if GM brings such a car as this Caprice to market it would suffer the same complaints as the GTO is getting.
Such as we want retro
we want more aggressive style
we want different style
we want this or that
WANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN WANNNNNNNNNN whatever
GM is not going to please everyone with another niche car, but this is a great idea and one Lutz should bring to market asap. Chevy does need a rwd sedan, too bad the Impala name is already in use, instead of Caprice what about Bel Air or another famous name from the past. The media would have a field day much like the GTO and the public would be polarized and very interested.
 

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:huh: Isn't the Australian Caprice too old?

My aunt has a silver Caprice Classic
she made about 300.000 Km,the most interesting fact is that we don't have proffessional Chevrolet Service here(Central Europe),the car is serviced by some amateurs :lol:
 

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The idea of offering a RWD, zeta-based full-sized vehicle for Chevrolet absolutely has merit.

Rebadging an aged platform from Australia has less merit. But I guess I actually specifically refer to the sheetmetal; I'm a definite fan of the '04 GTO, but I think the exterior is the single blemish on an otherwise polished car. I would hate for a Caprice encore to suffer the same fate.
 

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Well, it would at least force Ford to think about updating the Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis platform. Ford makes so much money off of it though, that it will take a serious sales threat to have them develop a new platform.
 

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My mom had a 83 Caprice V6...terrible car. Left a sour taste in my mouth concerning Caprices. Make the Impala RWD V8 instead.
 

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Yeah, it's really too bland and round as is. Like many current Holdens, it looks mid-90s-ish. (Otherwise, great car.)

It'd end up just like the GTO: a good car but with many enthusiasts complaining about the looks (for good reasons...for $33k, I wouldn't want 1995 Cavalier styling). You know how well the GTO is selling so far...

GM needs V8/RWD sedans but not this one.
 
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