The Chevrolet Caprice, designed and manufactured by GM Holden in Australia, has been named Best Luxury Car at the 2006 Autocar Middle East Awards. The all-new rear wheel drive Caprice, part of GM Holden's A$1 billion (US$780 million) development of the new Commodore range, emerged as a clear winner from the two other finalists in the Luxury Car class, the Volvo S80 V8 All-wheel drive and the Lexus ES350.

Three days of analysis and testing were undertaken by Autocar's expert judging team, who declared the Caprice unbeatable value given its size, standard package and six-litre, 270kW / 362hp V8 engine which delivers a "brutal" 530Nm / 391ft-lbs of torque. Standard equipment includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP), DVD player with twin rear LCD screens, 18" alloy wheels, Bose premium 10 speaker sound system, xenon headlamps and tri-zone electronic climate control. The build quality, ride and overall refinement of the Caprice were all regarded as being superior to the previous model. In Australia, the six speed automatic, 6.0L V8 Caprice retails for A$69,990 (US$54,620).

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The latest gong caps off a successful awards season for GM Holden who recently brought home Australian CARSguide Car Of The Year honours with their new VE Commodore. Export versions of the new Caprice, Commodore and Statesman shipped to the Middle East, which represents GM Holden's largest export market, for the first time in September. More than 30,000 GM Holden vehicles were exported from Australia to the Middle East in 2005. The cars will be re-badged as the Chevrolet Lumina and Chevrolet Caprice.

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