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The ruthless pruning continues, with GM Inside News reporting that the rear-wheel-drive Kappa II platform has gone to heaven before ever touching this mortal coil. Back in 2004, a vehicle line executive said "The Kappa architecture is a great platform for sporty, driver-oriented applications around the globe." Apparently, not one for which GM could make enough different models to actually earn some money.

Reasons for the sequel platform's demise are allegedly that the first hydra-formed Kappa is just too expensive to fabricate; the cars based on it use expensive, hydra-formed parts; assembly requires inordinate amounts of human labor; and GM didn't make its money back fast enough to justify the investment in a new RWD – read: thirstier – platform.

The current Kappa's suspension and design geometry aren't shared with any other car;, the platform was created to accept one engine, the Ecotec 4-cylinder; and it served under only four varieties of the same car: the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Daewoo G2X and Opel GT. It was a lot to ask such a limited platform to achieve the volume's GM needed with cars on expensive underpinnings that didn't demand expensive prices. And if the rumors are true, then your Solstice GXP could be worth more than you expected, and sooner than you expected.

[Source: GM Inside News]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      So the Mazda MiataMX-5 gets the category to itself.
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        • 6 Years Ago
        not unless that honda comes in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's really a shame, while the 1st gen Sol/Sky seemed a little half baked (trunk too small, top to finnicky) I thought there was a ton of potential and the 2nd gen could have been really impressive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "That's really a shame, while the 1st gen Sol/Sky seemed a little half baked (trunk too small, top to finnicky) I thought there was a ton of potential and the 2nd gen could have been really impressive."

        Gm would be better off reprising the Fiero than continuing with Kappa. Transverse drivetrains are lighter, cheaper, more compact, get better gas mileage, and are readily available in the GM parts bin.

        Please GM, give us a new VXR220 (The original was Lotus Elise based):
        • 6 Years Ago
        The current platform is the Kappa. Kappa II is a reference to the second generation of Kappa vehicles that were supposed to begin production in the not-to-distant futures. They're not out yet, that I know of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the next-gen Kappas were being moved over to a shortened version Alpha platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Expense, nah, there must be some other reason they want to kill the platform. A four cylinder sports car makes perfect sense with high gas prices and CAFE standards being raised. Bad decision.

      I always thought the kappa platform would make an awesome underpinning for a new SAAB Sonnet, especially with the turbo four. That would also bump it up into a higher price brakect, thus justifying costs. Hey, GM, does this make less sense than a SAAB blazer?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Sonett was a front-driver, though, so Kappa wouldn't fit with the historical spirit of that model. However, FWD was about the only thing I didn't like about the Sonett, so moving to RWD would be an improvement.

        What I really wanted to see from the Kappa platform was a compact sedan or 5-door. Drop in a diesel, even better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad to say, "flash in the pan" car designs seem the norm for US companies. Japanese and European builders think long term, build quality and utility into their desgins from the start, mature them over time, build a following and make money.

      American companies think "Cool, let's compete and make some $$", do a quick stab at imitation with cheap, not really thought out ergonomics and a parts bin design, then throw up their hands a short time down the road and say, "customers don't want them" and quit before they race barely started.

      Of course regurgitating 40 yr old comfort designs make these companies feel like they're still in the game doing something "cool", aka Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, but the end game is enevitable. After all "Yesterdays newspapers" can only sell so long before the company's goes bankrupt, which they seem to be doing very well at.

        • 6 Years Ago
        You nailed it. GM is the biggest culprit, and they wonder why they are in the toilet. The Fiero was crap at first, but then they redesigned the suspension and made it pretty good, just before canning it. Same with the Allante. How can a company not learn from making the same mistakes for decades?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "hydra forming" ?? Is the frame made by a 7 headed mythical beast?
      I thought this was a serious blog on autos. You can't be serious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dodge Demon may come, ofcourse Dodge has been offering Hornet for YEARS now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        fwd? lmao

        typical chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But if I remember correctly, Dodge was talking about offering the Demon with a FWD only layout based on a Chery platform. If that's the case, they shouldn't even bother...
      • 6 Years Ago

      Abandon enthusiasts, that's the way to win the consumers' hearts, GM. RWD doesn't have to mean "gas guzzler"!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The irony is, the GXP and Redline versions of the Kappa cars were two of the more fuel efficient performance cars in GM's lineup. Even with the heritage behind it, I can't understand why they'd kill the Kappa but keep the Camaro. The only thing I could really comment on negatively about the Kappa platform is that the cars were pretty heavy for their size and class. The Kappa II could've been engineered to come in lighter than the current platform. I spoke to someone that said they have more SUVs on the way. One in particular even larger and more expensive than the Escalade hybrid. Wtf....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Daewoo G2X FTW!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Old News, this was reported on www.cheersandgears.com last week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope GM keeps the Kappa II platform.
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